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

 

Best Boutique Shopping in Madrid

Inside Kling boutique

Inside Kling boutique

“Oh what, this? I bought it at a little shop in Madrid.” This is exactly what you’ll be saying when you head home with really awesome souvenirs that will remind you of your times in Madrid for many years to come. If you’re looking for shops that are completely unique to Madrid, check out our list of favorite boutiques:

 

Image via Iñaki Sampedro

Image via Iñaki Sampedro

Iñaki Sampedro: This is a great place to buy quality handmade Spanish leather handbags and accessories. The styles are classic and they offer a wide variety of colors.

Address: Calle Conde de Xiquena, 13

Helena Rohner: If you’re looking for a really nice gift for yourself or someone special, this is a great place. They have jewelry for men and women here in a minimalistic style which leaves an impression. Best of all is that its all handmade.

Address: Calle Almendro 4

Phone number:+34 91 365 7906

Kling: The clothing here at Kling comes from up and coming local designers, so you’ll be sure to find one of a kind pieces.

Various locations in Madrid

 

Ceramics at Casa Talavera

Ceramics at Casa Talavera

Antigua Casa Talavera: Going to this store is an experience in itself. Its filled with beautiful examples of the decorative ceramics made by a family of potters. Here, you can pick up tiles, plates…everything in ceramics.

Address: Calle de Isabel ‘La Catolica’ 2

Casa Hernanz: This tiny shop has been making espadrilles by hand since the 19th century. Check out the styles they have on display in their window and then let them know which models you want to try on once you’re inside.  They’ve got great prices on this classic footwear style for men, women and children.

Address: Calle de Toledo, 18

 

Inside of Mi Pequeño Lucas

Inside of Mi Pequeño Lucas

Mi Pequeño Lucas: If you’ve got a little one or are looking for a nice gift for someone, you’ll find adorable clothing and accessories at this store.

Address: Calle Lagasca, 48

 

La Favorita

La Favorita

La Favorita  Hat Shop: This is the oldest hat shop in Madrid and has been servicing customers in la Plaza Mayor since 1894.

Adress: Plaza Mayor 25

Renatta & Go: At this women’s clothing store you’ll find contemporary styles that are not only unique, but wallet –friendly too.

Address: Ayala, 29

Image via Táneke

Image via Táneke

Táneke: Tocados (facinators) are really worn here in Spain at every daytime wedding and other fancy events, you can make an appointment to come and check out these beautiful creations.

Address: Castelló, 113 1D

Contact: +34 915 643965