If Spain had one national gastronomic treasure, it would undoubtedly be jamón ibérico.
The country’s cured-to-perfection ham is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. When it comes from the pigs that are native to the Iberian peninsula, it’s even better. Of course, that probably means you’ll want to stock up! Here are our favorite places to buy jamón ibérico in Madrid (and where you can eat it, too, of course!).
Need a primer on all things Spanish ham? In the video below, Devour Tours co-founder Lauren gives a quick intro to your new favorite cured meat.
Despite its seemingly touristy location right on Gran Vía, the clientele at Don Jamón tends to be a pleasant mix of locals and visitors. It’s also a great place to buy jamón ibérico in Madrid if you’re staying close to the center. Buy some fresh-sliced ham to take home for later, or enjoy it in-house. They specialize in high-quality Spanish cured meats, but they also offer some delicious home-cooked tapas as well. Order a drink (like their delicious vermouth) and get a tapa for free!
Address: Gran Vía, 60
Alma de Julián Becerro
This family-run gourmet shop now has several locations in the city. However, its Calle Cava Baja location is one of our favorite places to buy jamón ibérico in Madrid. Known as Alma de Julián Becerro, it truly captures the heart and soul of patriarch Adrián Becerro’s endeavor. The products here are carefully hand-selected to ensure the finest quality. If you have time, be sure to sample some of the meat in-shop with a nice glass of local wine.
Address: Calle Cava Baja, 41
In addition to being one of our favorite places to buy jamón ibérico in Madrid, Casa Gonzalez is also a fabulous deli and wine bar! Many of the products have been cured to perfection for two years, making them the highest quality available. This family-run shop holds true to the same roots as when it was founded in 1931 without feeling stuffy or old-fashioned. Don’t miss their fabulous selection of more than 200 Spanish wines, either!
Address: Calle del León, 12
Mercado Antón Martín
You can’t beat Mercado Antón Martín‘s location smack dab in the middle of the city. However, the clientele here is purely local! Experience a day in the life of a true madrileño when you visit this vibrant and colorful market. Enjoy some fresh-sliced ham for a fraction of the price as in the tapas bars, and pick up some bread and cheese while you’re at it for a quick and easy picnic. This is one of the most authentic places to buy jamón ibérico in Madrid!Want our insider’s guide to eating in Madrid? Just add your email address in the form below!
Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.