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

 

Adelita Market; a community exchange market

AdelitaMarket

Among the various markets that take place during the weekends in Madrid is a new concept, that of bartering. Adelita Market is a great example of how local initiatives can turn into a positive endeavor that’s both good for the community and the environment.

Inside Adelita Market

Inside Adelita Market

This market began in 2010, when Lara Cañete, a Madrid local, realized there weren’t any permanent bartering markets in Madrid. She decided to start Adelita Market in order to bring an alternative, eco-friendly way of shopping.

Another look at Adelita Market

Another look at Adelita Market

It works very simply, you bring in any of your used items that you want to trade (in good condition) and start bartering. If you don’t have any used items, then work out a price for what you want.

When: This market takes place each month, but the next market is June 23rd

Check the Adelita Facebook page for dates

Where: Calle Espíritu Santo 23 (a co-working and community space)  (Metro Tribunal or Noviciado)

Metro: Tribunal or Noviciado

Hours: From noon until 9pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Exhibition: Ecological Architecture


One of The Fundación Canal’s current expositions, Towards Other Architecture, presents 24 sustainable architectural projects from around the world. The viewer can mull over creative analysis of 24 architectural projects through 3D models and audiovisual material. The exhibit consists of projects by 12 noted names in the architectural world: Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Ken Yeang, Emilio Ambasz, Jonathan Hines, Rafael de la Hoz, David Kirkland, Mario Cucinella, Antonio Lamela, Íñigo Ortiz, Enrique León and Luis de Garrido. Two projects of each architect are displayed in Towards Other Architecture.

These architectural projects confront the energy and ecological crisis with innovation and good design. The model-buildings on display in this exhibit boast innovative resources and materials that lesson the consumption of energy and negative environmental impact.

The exhibition explains what sort of environmental problems ecological architecture can solve while still providing for the wants and needs of the people who will inhabit the building. For anyone interested in a greener world (which should be all of us!), this exhibit is definitely worthwhile.

Cost: Free
When: Until July 25th, 2010
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. until 20 p.m. Wednesday: 11 a.m. until 15 p.m.
Where: Fundación Canal, Calle Mateo Inurria, 2
Metro: Plaza de Castilla

By Chloe Nash

El Naturalista – Eco Friendly Shoes From Spain

Our name expresses a different way of thinking and acting. Being a “Naturalista” implies a respect for a rich and deep philosophy that places its trust in life and, on principle, attributes
all things to nature.

Our symbol, the frog, represents a land made fertile by water and embodies simple, worldly pleasures. The frog represents the permanent fight against stagnation and reflects our
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El Naturalista started his journey observing everything that surrounded him. He travelled through the world and observed it, becoming impregnated by its textures, its colours, its lines… and after a thousand journeys, real and imaginary, he discovered that a single idea brings us together. Whatever our race or culture… we all walk in search of happiness.

It is that simple. And that complicated.

Market laws lead us to a model based on immediacy from which it is very difficult to free oneself. El Naturalista wishes to demonstrate to the world that it is possible to advance in a different direction, along a different road, living and enjoying life.

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Movement is our reason to be and exist. That´s why we enjoy creating comfortable and nice footwear, that will help us to start the amazing journey of living. Shoes for people who advance as they walk. Designed by people that build as they dream.

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