Mercado San Miguel, Madrid

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Last weekend, my sister and two of her friends packed up their little-used summer dresses and sunglasses and came trundling along from London courtesy of Ryan Air.  Unfortunately for them, and me, the rain also came trundling across the English channel as well. All my ideas for a summery weekend in Madrid went out the window and we were all pretty down in the dumps until I realised we could indulge my other favourite activity: eating!

There's nowhere better for gourmet tapas in Madrid than Mercado San Miguel, located between Plaza Mayor and Opéra. Unfortunately, everyone and their mother knows this so it's generally full to the rafters with elegantly dressed people clutching wine glasses or cones full of crispy chicharones. But find yourself a little bit of elbow room in this buzzing covered market and you're in for a treat I tell ya.

It's not just the food that attracts the crowds; the atmosphere is a huge part of what makes this place. If you don't mind walking around at a snails pace, effectively doing a "drive by" on the rows of delicious food as you snake your way around the stalls, then you'll fit right in.

We grabbed some stools and sat down to some mini hamburgers, duck salad pinxtos, melted goats cheese and caramelized onion on toast and stacks of serrano ham on bread.

All washed down with some Limonada Madrilena : white sangria topped with chopped fresh apple and peach.

We couldn't resist another stroll around, resulting in some serious food envy of all the other things we could have bought.

I resisted the giant terrifying fish but you always deserve a dessert, obviously.

Photos courtesy of my sister: better camera and better photographer. Hats off!

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