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Facts that you might not know about the Mercado de San Miguel

By | 6 May, 2020 | 0 comments

Mercado de San Miguel

Just a stone’s throw from the Hotel Liabeny, in the heart of Madrid’s historic quarter, is this famous two-storey market that in recent years has become one of the most cutting-edge spaces in the capital. With a vintage façade and an unmistakable iron structure, the Mercado de San Miguel market provides visitors with thrilling experiences both day and night.

Did you know that the market’s current location was once home to a church where Lope de Vega was baptised? It was called San Miguel de los Octoes and stood there for at least five centuries, until it was destroyed by a terrible fire and demolished years later in 1809.

And this is where Madrid-based merchants who traded around the Plaza Mayor started to sell their goods outside, ultimately giving rise to the market that we know today. In the mid-nineteenth century, chroniclers wrote that there were about 128 carts and 88 stalls. It wasn’t until 1916 that the covered market was opened in the building that we know today, designed by the architect Alfonso Dubé y Díez.

In the twentieth century, the market first experienced a boom and then a progressive decline, until it reopened in May 2009 under the new concept for which it’s famous today, making it one of the must-dos on any trip to Madrid. It has now been repurposed as a gastro market, where visitors can savour outstanding products, do a spot of shopping or enjoy a few tapas bought at the stalls.

Fresh pasta, cold cuts, sushi, rows and rows of mouthwatering snacks… on your next visit to San Miguel you’ll step into world of flavours, colours and aromas that will remain etched in your memory.

Image (CC) Juan Antonio Flores Segal

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