Interior of the San Agustín market. Toledo. © Mercado de San Agustín.

Gourmet markets, storehouses of flavour. #GastroSpain

We present a new generation of markets. These are places packed with flavour where in addition to buying fresh produce you'll be able to try a variety of delicious dishes. There are many in Spain, and most of them serve as showcases for Spanish gourmet cuisine. Here are a few of the best-known. Why not come and sample them yourself?

We also suggest sharing your experiences on social networks with the hashtag #gastroSpain.

  1. Interior of the San Miguel market. Madrid.

    San Miguel, in Madrid

    This market with over 100 years of history is located beside the Plaza Mayor square in the very heart of the city, and is an obligatory stop for anyone who wants to savour Spain's gourmet produce, along with exquisite foods from all over the world. See more

  2. San Antón market. Madrid.

    QVE arquitectos. Fotógrafo: Jorge Crooke.

    San Antón, also in Madrid

    Three different environments all packed with flavour. In one part you can do your shopping in a traditional market selling top-quality products, another is dedicated to show cooking, and the third features a restaurant and terrace. And all in the well-known gay quarter of Chueca. See more

  3. Platea market. Madrid.

    Still more in Madrid

    There are many different options to choose from. For example, in Colón you'll find the Platea market, offering a number of delicatessen ideas in a space that recreates an old theatre. In Fuencarral, you can enjoy the Mercado de San Ildefonso, based on the street market concept. If you're looking for a slightly edgier option you'll find it at the San Fernando Market in Lavapiés: popular bars, shops selling curiosities and lots of atmosphere.

  4. La Boquería Market, interior. Sweet stall. Barcelona.

    La Boqueria, the symbol of Barcelona

    This is one of the landmark markets in the city and we recommend strolling along its aisles to take in all the colours and aromas to be found on its stalls. You'll also be able to taste the fare, sample fresh produce and take part in regular cooking courses featuring famous chefs. See more

  5. Santa Caterina market. Façade. Barcelona.

    Santa Caterina, in Barcelona

    The first thing to catch your eye in the Santa Caterina market will be its multicoloured roof in the form of ceramic waves. Inside you can buy fresh local produce and sample a range of tapas. See more

  6. San Agustín market. Interior. Toledo.

    Mercado de San Agustín

    San Agustín, in Toledo

    Five floors of culinary pleasures, alongside a number of monuments with the UNESCO World Heritage designation. The idea is to sample what most takes your fancy from each stall: from Iberian cured ham, fine wines and cheeses to the sweetest cakes and pastries known all over the world. See more

  7. Victoria market. Interior. Cordoba.

    Mercado Victoria.

    Victoria market, in Cordoba

    The cuisine of Cordoba, typical Andalusian and Spanish dishes and the best international cuisine on offer in over 30 stalls set out in the middle of the La Victoria gardens, very near the historic centre with its UNESCO World Heritage designation. See more

  8. Lonja del Barranco market. Interior. Seville.

    Lonja del Barranco.

    Lonja del Barranco market, in Seville

    Imagine eating splendidly while you gaze out over the Triana neighbourhood in Seville, or the banks of the Guadalquivir river. That's what you can do here, as well as taking part in cooking courses, gastronomic visits and exhibitions, among other activities. The building will remind you of the work of Eiffel, who is thought to have initiated the design. See more

  9. Estación Gourmet in Valladolid. Cured ham stall.

    Estación Gourmet de Valladolid

    Estación Gourmet in Valladolid

    An original place for enjoying tapas in Valladolid, beside the high-speed railway station and near Plaza España square. The croquettes and the Iberian cured ham are said to be impossible to resist. What's more, you can take part in creative cooking displays and tasting sessions. See more

  10. Central Market in Valencia

    Central Market in Valencia

    It's synonymous with tradition, flavour and aromas to tempt your senses. A good place to find typical products from Valencia to take home, and –of course– to savour them at any of its stalls or bars. And what's more, the market is housed in a lovely modernist building. See more

  11. El Puerto market.

    Luis Roca. Mercado del Puerto de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

    El Puerto market in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    It's located in one of the most popular tourist areas in the city, near the Las Canteras beach. You can sample typical Canarian dishes, recipes from other regions in Spain, and a wide selection of international gastronomy. And all in an open-air setting with a fantastic atmosphere. See more

  12. Interior of Colón Market. Valencia

    Colón Market, in Valencia.

    A modernist building from 1916 located near the Town Hall, offering a gastronomic selection with flavours for every taste. For example, the typical horchata drink from Valencia and elaborate, cutting-edge, modern cuisine dishes made with products of the region. See more

  13. La Merced Market

    La Merced Market, in Malaga

    Near to the Picasso Museum, the market combines traditional stalls with more than 20 gastronomical spaces. Together, they constitute a culinary offer that includes the most popular flavours of Malaga and a varied selection of international cuisine. It also hosts exhibitions, talks, tasting sessions, workshops, etc.

  14. Puerta Cinegia Gastronómica

    Puerta Cinegia Gastronómica, in Zaragoza

    This modern market is next to the district El Tubo, a popular area in the city centre. In this gourmet leisure space, you can buy ingredients and have them cooked on the spot, see a cooking display or chat over cocktails and tapas. See more

These are just a few of vast array of gourmet markets you'll find in Spain. But there are many other places where you can enjoy creative cuisine, including the Fish Market in Mahón, the La Ribera Market in Bilbao and the Este Market in Santander. You can share your experience on social networks using the hashtag #gastroSpain  

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