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.
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.
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.
Even the young ones are invited.
Then you have the good old hamburgers and hot dogs, but Spanish style–they’re both tasty and pretty.
And, of course, you’ll find jamón serrano baguettes accompanied by a glass of red wine–my favorite outdoor treat.
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.
Grab a gelato on your way out.
Or hope on a new bike!
Other Markets of Madrid:
Although El Mercado de Motores is my favourite, check out all the other new markets of Madrid here:
Mercado de Motores:
Where: Paseo de las delicias, 61
When: one weekend per month, Check their Facebook page for specific dates
Next Dates: Saturday & Sunday, December 7th and 8th, 2013
Find out: about future dates and events, check out their Facebook page