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

 

Madrid en Danza 2013


If you have yet to see any of the shows from the Madrid International Dance Festival, there is still time! This festival brings together 23 dance companies from around the world and is a must-see for any fans of dance!

The  event brings together a variety of difference dance styles, combining classic and modern dance that  includes everything from ballet to flamenco. There are shows every night in various venues throughout Madrid. The festival concludes on November 24th with a family-friendly dance show featuring the Gelabert Azzopardi Dance Company. Other participants of the festival include: Janet Novas , Iker Arrúe , Lesley Telford , Sharon Fridman , Lucio Baglivo , Manuel Linan , Mónica García , Rocío Molina , Lina Polyana , Elias Aguirre , Pablo Esbert and Jean Philippe Dury , Cesc Gelabert , Teresa Nieto , Sara Calero , Daniel Doña , Rafaela Carrasco , Nova Galega de Danza , Sonakay , Daniel Abreu , Carmen Werner and Nova Galega de Danza , besides Dairakudakan companies ( Japan ) , Angelin Preljocaj , Compagnie Dernière Minute Pierre Rigal (France ) , Akram Khan Company (United Kingdom) and Tao (China ) .

For more information, check the official Madrid En Danza festival webpage.

When: Every night from now until November 24th

Where: A variety of different venues in Madrid

 

This weekend in Madrid

Mercado de Motores in their new home

Mercado de Motores in their new home

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Madrid has plenty of fun activities that will inspire you and get you to think creatively. The following list is just a few select activities to choose from this weekend:

Food, Vintage items and Music at the Mercado de Motores

The Mercado de Motores was originally located at an old engine shed, but the market has become so popular, that they recently changed to a larger venue, which is located inside an old train station. This means more space to check all of the locally made items and vintage treasures!

When: Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 10pm

Where: Paseo de las Delicias 61

Metro: Delicias

Lenguando at La Industrial

Lenguando at La Industrial

Exploring how language brings us together at Lenguando

A few entrepreneurs have put together Lenguando, an event this weekend that explores how the Spanish language brings together professors, bloggers, translators and anyone who works with language and technology. For more information or to buy tickets, check out their website.

When: Saturday from 9:30am to 8pm and Sunday from 9:30am until 2pm

Where: This event will take place at La Industrial, located at Calle de San Andrés 8, local

Metro: Tribunal or Noviciado

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Live music and dance at Flamenco is also for kids

Flamenco always stirs up creativity! What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon then helping support up and coming talent? This Saturday kicks off a series of this event which promotes passing on flamenco to future generations through an event called “Flamenco also belongs to the children” that is organized by Cardamomo, one of the best flamenco venues in Madrid.

When: Saturday at 1pm

Where: Cardamomo located at Calle Echegaray, 15

Metro: Sevilla or Sol

Las Meninas

Las Meninas

Enjoy great works at new art exhibits

Two new impressive art exhibitions opened this week in Madrid. One is for classic art lovers titled Velázquez and the family of Philip IV and is at the Prado. This classic art collection features works from Velázquez and a few of his followers.

When: Now through February 9, 2014

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm

Sundays and Holidays from 10am to 7pm

Where: El Prado Museum is located at Calle Ruiz de Alarcon, 23

Metro: Banco de España or Atocha

Dalí's Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening

Dalí’s Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening

Also opening this week is a modern art exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza titled El Surrealismo y el sueño (Surrealism and the Dream). If you missed the Dalí exhibition at the Reina Sofia a couple of months ago, this is your chance to see some of his work. At this exhibition, you will find artists like Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Yves Tanguy, Renée Magritte, André Masson, Max Ernst, Jean Arp, Claude Cahun,  Paul Nougé, André Breton and more.

When: Now through January 12, 2014

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm

Saturdays from 10am to 9pm

Where: The Thyseen-Bornemisza is located at Paseo del Prado 8

Metro: Banco de España or Atocha

 

 

 

Architecture Week in Madrid

One of the most beautiful buildings in Madrid, the Palacio de Comunicaciones

One of the most beautiful buildings in Madrid, the Palacio de Comunicaciones

Anyone who visits or lives in Madrid can agree that it is a beautiful city. But, if you’ve ever wanted to fully appreciate its beauty, take advantage of the free events provided during this week’s Architecture Week in Madrid. This 10th annual event gives attendees a closer look at some of the most important buildings of this historic city.

The tours will cover some of the oldest and most emblematic of government buildings as well as the newer and more modern projects like the Madrid Rio or Terminal 4 of the Madrid Barajas Airport. Many of the events start out at the Colegio de Arquitectos y la Fundacion Arquitectura (The College of Architecture and the Architecture Foundation), which is located in the Chueca neighborhood.

Inside the College of Architecture in Madrid

Inside the College of Architecture in Madrid

Architecture Week will also feature an exhibition called Piensa Sol, which will show various design projects that will be in competition for the renovation of the Puerta del Sol.

Puerta del Sol

Puerta del Sol

All of the events are free, but some require that attendees call ahead and reserve, as space may be limited. The tours are guided by trained volunteers and all are in Spanish. There are even a few special activities for kids, check the website for more information.

When: September 30th until October 7th

Hours vary by venue and activity

Where: The College of Architecture is located at Calle Hortaleza, 63

Metro: Chueca

Telephone number: +34 91 595 15 45

 

Madrid Zoo Aquarium

Giant Panda at Madrid Zoo & Aquarium

Giant Panda at Madrid Zoo & Aquarium

Are you looking for something a bit different to do in Madrid? Why not head to the Madrid Zoo Aquarium?  Here, you will find more than 6,000 animals and 500 species!

Not only is this one of the largest zoos in the world, but it is also home to one of ten Giant Pandas in Europe.  Just this week, Madrid’s resident giant Panda, Hau Zui Ba , gave birth for the third time.  In 2010, she gave birth to two pandas (which have since been relocated to China) and gave birth to her third panda cub this week. This is an amazing feat considering that pandas are hesitant to breed in captivity. There are fewer than 1600 pandas left in the wild and about 300 held in captivity around the world.

Image via the Madrid Zoo & Aquarium

Image via the Madrid Zoo & Aquarium

The Madrid Zoo was originally located inside of Retiro Park, but was transferred to its current (and much larger) location in Casa de Campo during the 1970’s.  Since then, the zoo has grown to include an aquarium that features sharks, sea lions, dolphins and a variety of fish. Additionally, the zoo has an exotic bird exhibition, gazelles, rhinos, elephants and much more.

Elephants at the Madrid Zoo & Aquarium

Elephants at the Madrid Zoo & Aquarium

Whether you’re traveling with small kids or consider yourself a big kid, the Madrid Zoo and Aquarium has something for everyone. This is a great place to have a fantastic time, but also learn about conservation efforts around the world! For the best price, purchase your ticket in advance through the Madrid Zoo Aquarium website.

Where: Paseo del Zarzón

Metro: Casa de Campo

When: Open Monday – Thursday from 11am-6pm

Fridays from 11am – 6:30pm

Saturdays from 10:30am-7: 30pm

Sundays from 10:30am- 6:00pm

Telephone: +34 902 345 014