Madrid’s best market: Mercado de Motores

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Toot toot! Old trains mixed with vintage clothes and hot dogs.

Once a month, El Mercado de Motores (meaning the Engine Market) takes over an old train museum in downtown Madrid for a unique flea market experience. Independent collectors and designers set up vintage stands right alongside Madrid’s old trains which are intact and on display, adding a true feeling of 20th century charm.

The market started out as a community-led effort to popularize second-hand goods. Now it sells everything from current designer items, chic furniture, rare art and even retro pieces, plus tons of outstanding food and free live music.

A live jazz band welcomes you in.

Just one of the live music acts at the mercado

Just one of the live music acts at the mercado

A café hugs the entrance, where you can grab a coffee, a beer, or a sweet pastry as you begin to walk along its tracks.

Amidst the stands you’ll find handmade leather shoes, independent designer clothing, vintage jewelry, antique furniture and much more.

Handmade leather shoes

Handmade leather shoes

Vintage furniture

Vintage furniture

Vintage Clothing

Vintage Clothing

One of the other highlights of the market is its outdoor ambience. Sample from all types of food stalls, some selling regional Spanish dishes such as paella and fabada (Asturian white bean stew) and find a place to sit. Here’s when you should start to linger and enjoy the lively ambience with friends and family, listening to live music as it spontaneously comes on.

The ambience outside

The ambience outside

Paella cooking

Paella cooking

Fabada Asturiana

Even the young ones are invited.

Little ones welcome

Little ones welcome

Another view of the outdoor space

Another view of the outdoor space

Then you have the good old hamburgers and hot dogs, but Spanish style–they’re both tasty and pretty.

Hot dogs

Hot dogs

Hamburgers made to order

Hamburgers made to order

Make it with cheese please!

Make it with cheese please!

And, of course, you’ll find jamón serrano baguettes accompanied by a glass of red wine–my favorite outdoor treat.

Jamon Serrano

Jamon Serrano

After eating through fideau (a traditional noodle dish from Valencia) and finishing your beer or Asturian cider, feel free to move on to the cocktails. Don’t hold back.

Fideau

Fideau

Nice cold beers

Nice cold beers

Austrian Cider

Austrian Cider

People enjoying the tables outside

People enjoying the tables outside

Grab a gelato on your way out.

Gelato

Gelato

Or hope on a new bike!

Bikes

Bikes for sale

Other Markets of Madrid: 

Although El Mercado de Motores is my favourite, check out all the other new markets of Madrid here:

The New Markets of Madrid

El Mercado de la Boca: A design haven for young and independent creators

Lavapiés and its Market: The Real Food Emporium!

Adelita Market: community exchange

Mercado de Motores: 

Where: Paseo de las delicias, 61

Metro: Delicias

When: one weekend per month, Check their Facebook page for specific dates

Next Dates: Saturday & Sunday, December 7th and 8th, 2013

Hours: 11:00-22:00

Find out: about future dates and events, check out their Facebook page

 

Meet the Mapistas

Amy, Chloe and Daphne hard at work -brainstorming the next articles!

Amy, Chloe and Daphne hard at work -brainstorming the next articles!

Map Magazine was founded back in 2007 by Phillip A. Stark. Recently,  the site came under new ownership, and along with it, a new team. Read more your favorite Map team members below. We’re always looking for contributing writers, if you’re interested in expanding your writing portfolio or just want to write about your experiences in Spain, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Mapistas

Roger

Roger

Roger Warwick Owner of Map Magazine

As the new owner of Map Magazine, Roger Warwick sought out a new team to help re-launch the site. His life in Spain began in 1988 when he started teaching English to business students.  During his time here, he started a few sites including GoMadrid. He now resides in Portugal, but often visits Madrid and makes sure to stop by his local favorite places like Casa Lucio or Posada de la Villa.

Alondra

Alondra Palomino

 

Alondra Palomino Editor

Alondra moved to Madrid a few years ago and works as a freelance writer and translator. She’s written for various websites on topics ranging from tourism to life as an expat. Her favorite things about Madrid are the seemingly endless amount of bars and restaurants and Retiro park. She also enjoys getting to know the neighborhoods by walking through them and asking locals where their favorite places are in Madrid.

 

 

 

Contributing Writers

Alissa

Alissa

Alissa Greenberg

Alissa is a travel addict currently living on her third continent. After graduating from college in 2008, she spent a year making her way around the world. Pausing for a year and a half in her native Boston, she then jetted off again, this time to Spain, where she has lived both north (Castilla y Leon, Castilla La Mancha) and south (Andalucia.) Her written work has appeared in the “Sampan” immigrant newspaper and the online travel websites DGuides, GoMadrid, and the Spain Scoop. Her radio spots have been produced nationally on the American radio show “Here & Now.” She blogs about her travel foibles, adventures, and reflections at  www.alissaswideworld.blogspot.com.

Amy

 

Amy Logan

Amy first came to Madrid in 2008 to play water polo for CN La Latina in the premier national league. She fell in love with the place and the city so much that when she went home for a stint two years later, she took a madrileño back home to New Zealand with her. She returned with her partner last year and is currently writing various publications and web page content in English for local companies.

 

 

 

Chloe

Chloe

Chloe Broadfield 

Chloe recently moved from London to Madrid to study here for a semester. For her, one of the best things about Madrid is its walk-ability – you can cross the centre in just 30 minutes. She says that she especially loves the dramatic light, which often gives the warm colours of the cityscape a surreal glow, “as much on a bright summer morning as at an autumnal dusk”. But the best thing she’s discovered here is yayo, a surprising concoction of gin, vermouth and soda water, popular amongst both the younger and older generations of madrileños. In spite of its strength, it has a delicious, sweet taste and only costs 2€ a glass!

 

 

Daphne

Daphne

Daphne Binioris

Daphne Binioris is from New York City but has been living in Madrid for six years. Her dream is to live between the two cities. She currently works in a communication agency, and as a freelance translator, writer and English teacher. When she’s not working, she’s either exploring Madrid, taking dance classes or traveling.

 

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