I love just wandering around a city and chancing across things. Places that aren’t in the guide book or one off events that I happen to be in the right place at the right time to see.
With only a morning to see a little bit of Madrid on the way home, we headed for Plaza Mayor (check out the frescos on Casa de la Panaderia, they’re amazing). On the way out of the square an iron-clad building caught my eye: Mercado San Miguel. Revitalised and reopened a couple of years ago, the covered market was originally built in 1916.
La Boqueria in Barcelona is known the world over as a great market, but Mercado San Miguel is more up my street. From fresh fish to tapas, truffles to cider, this place had everything in a beautiful, light building. And even better, there was plenty of space to sit at tables in the middle to enjoy your paella or sip a glass of cava.
With the number of cheap flights available, I’m sure it wont be long before I return to take a closer look at Madrid, and this place will be top of my list to revisit!