So you’re in Madrid the first weekend of the month, and you’re not quite sure what to do? You’re in luck. For local residents, the first weekend of every month in Madrid now means they have their pick of small markets all over the city. Not too long ago, the only market to visit in Madrid was the classic, El Rastro flea market and the equally well known, Cuesta De Moyano book market. El Rastro is certainly a great option, but its sheer size and the amount of activity all around can be a bit overwhelming for some.
Another reason to visit smaller markets is opportunity to have warmer interactions with the vendors. These markets are lead by grass-roots efforts and have not only become a place to get a great bargain on one of a kind items, but they have flourished into a place for people to come together as a community.
Here are some of our favorite local markets:
At the Adelita market, the items vary month by month. That’s because the vendors are the attendees themselves. It is organized by a small non-profit association that formed in 2010 with the purpose of educating about responsible consumerism. With that framework, they decided to host a market where people could bring the items they no longer use and trade them for something else at the market or sell them to other attendees. Mostly, you’ll find second-hand clothing items, but sometimes there will also be furniture or other household goods.
Where: Espiritu 23 (co-working and community space) on Calle Espiritu Santo, 23 (Metro Tribunal or Noviciado)
When: Check the Adelita Facebook page for dates
Hours: From November to April from 11am until 8pm
From May to October from 12pm until 9pm
El Mercado de la Buena Vida
El Mercado de la Buena Vida (the Good Life Market) has recently become a monthly market offering organic and artisan food items that are locally sourced. Here you can purchase fresh breads, olive oils, local produce and even artisan beers. The market takes place inside of The HUB, a unique co-working locale in Madrid. Aside from purchasing goodies to take home, you can also sit and enjoy glass of wine or a craft beer along with some freshly made tapas. Additionally, you can also find live music or even poetry readings during this market.
Where: The HUB co-working space located at Calle del Gobernador 26 (Metro Atocha Cercanias)
When: The first weekend of every month
Hours: Saturdays from 10am to 11pm
Sundays from 10am to 8pm
Dia de Mercado
This is one of the first official Farmer’s Markets in Madrid. This outdoor market near Casa de Campo (link) is a great place to come, check out the fresh, seasonal produce and artisan products. Its location also makes it a great choice for those who want to have a picnic. Here, you can pick up fresh breads, cheeses, charcuterie items and wine. All you need to do is bring a picnic blanket.
Where: Paseo de Puerta del Angel, 4 (Metro Puerta del Angel)
When: The first Saturday of the month
Hours: From 10am until 3pm
El Mercado del Jugete Antiguo (The Antique Toy Market)
This unique market also takes place the first Saturday of each month. Step back in time as you enjoy antique trains sets, heirloom dolls and other hard to find toys. This is a great option for families, as there are plenty of fun toys to look at for young and not so young.
Where: It takes place inside the building called “La Antigua estacion Sur de Autobuses) located on Calle Palos de la Frontera, 40, Madrid (Metro Palos de La Frontera)
When: The first Saturday of each month
Hours: From 10:30am to 3pm
The Mercado de Motores (The market of the Engines)
Finally, there is one more market that is truly fantastic. El Mercado de Motores, another great example of a community-lead effort to bring second-hand markets to Madrid. The name comes from the building in which it takes place, an old engine shed that belongs to the Metro of Madrid Association. This market offers only vintage items from the 20th century, mainly clothing and furniture at affordable prices. A couple of cafes also set up their goods at tables, so you can sit and enjoy fresh pastries or a “café con leche” while you walk through the market. Occasionally, you can also find live music at the market.
When: The first Saturday and Sunday of each month
Where: Calle de Valderribas, 49, Madrid (Metro Pacifico)
Hours: 11am-7pm during winter months
11am-10pm during spring and summer months