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

 

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