San Miguel Market

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If street food is your passion, then you will enjoy the buzz of the Mercado de San Miguel. This delightful glass and metal structure, dating back to 1915, can be found nestling off the Calle Mayor – still in sight of Plaza Mayor – but a far cry from the over priced tapas bars and restaurants located there.

In the late evening, ambient noise is one of good companionship amongst young professionals. These locals mill about, clutching paper plates full of delicacies, purchased for a few euros from the highly individual market stalls. Good wines are also available, from serious sherries to very palatable Riojas.

Worth a visit for the curiosity value alone. Despite a search, it didn’t seem to warrant mention by the Lonely Planet guide. Perhaps this is one secret they didn’t want to share.

Open 10 am – midnight daily, extended to 2 a.m. on Thursday to Saturday.

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