Lately in Madrid it has become a trend to renew old food markets and transform them into fashionable spots where you can do grocery shopping and also have lunch. In fact, what attracts people the most to these markets is the incredible quality (and reasonable prices) of the amazing food stands.
El Mercado de San Antón is one of them, located at the central and popular borough of Chueca, it’s one of my favourite places to discover new types of food in a trendy but also traditional environment.
The grocery market is on the first floor and it has seafood & fish shops, a charcuterie, poultry & butchers, greengrocers, and a bakery. There are also an “Oleoteca” (olive oil shop) and a “Vinoteca” (wine shop). But my favourite is “Hamburguesa Nostra” with 30 types of burgers!!
On the second floor there are very different kinds of bars: grill, sushi, seafood, foie, Italian, tapas, Greek, there is even one with delicatessen from the Canary Islands. Besides the bars, there is “Espacio Trapezio” a cultural center with its own gastrobar/terrace: “TrinkHalle”.
Finally, on the third floor is the rooftop bar “La Cocina de San Antón” where, besides the menu and the amazing views, you can bring fresh fish or meat that you just bought at the grocery market downstairs. For that, you just have to gives the vendors a heads up when you are buying food on the first floor and then they will prepare it for you at the restaurant.