In Spain, life happens in the street. It’s like a never-ending block party. Nowhere is this truer than in Madrid.
You can’t visit the Spanish capital and not notice that there’s a buzz in the air—it’s electric! Madrileños fill the streets at all hours of the day; shouting, laughing, drinking and of course, shopping. There’s nothing more quintessentially Spanish than spending your Sunday perusing an outdoor market. It’s the perfect way to domingueo as they say here in Spain, meaning to spend a leisurely Sunday. The most famous Madrid market is the Rastro. But there’s so much more to Madrid than that! Check out our top 6 outdoor markets in Madrid that AREN’T the Rastro!
[The Festival] by Salesas Village
Just north of Chueca and to the west of Barrio Salamanca you’ll find the Salesas Village neighborhood of Madrid. Despite its proximity to the city center, Salesas Village is just that—a tranquil village smack-dab in the middle of the urban jungle. Known for its artistic and cosmopolitan appeal, the Village is where you come when you’re looking for that something special. At their monthly outdoor market, [The Festival], shopping isn’t just shopping. It’s brunch and a cocktail, live music, mingling with innovative designers, artists and craftspeople, all while shopping around for gourmet pastries and artisan products. It’s a serendipitous meeting of the senses and first on our list of outdoor markets in Madrid!
When: The first Saturday of every month
Where: Starting on Calle Campoamor between Calle Fernando VI and Orellana (Metro: Alonso Martínez)
Next on our list of outdoor markets in Madrid is Malamarket. Located in the Plaza Dos de Mayo, Malamarket hopes to give the Rastro a run for its money and become the flea market of preference in Madrid. And they stand a good chance considering they’re located in Malasaña, a neighborhood where old and new collide, historical architecture with all that is trendy and environmentally friendly. It’s the hipster version of [The Festival] with good prices and great vintage finds. Plus, there’s always the people watching—so many man buns to see! Not to mention the live entertainment—swing dancing classes anyone? Or you can always just grab a beer and soak up the Spanish sun in this picture-perfect plaza.
When: Every Saturday of spring and fall
Where: Plaza del Dos de Mayo (Metros: Bilbao, Tribunal, San Bernardo)
Vogue Flower Market in Jorge Juan
This isn’t so much an outdoor market as it is the event of the season—but hey, that’s to be expected when Vogue Spain gets involved. Every winter and spring, Calle Jorge Juan, one of Barrio Salamanca’s prettiest streets, becomes a modern day Garden of Eden. The restaurant-lined way is decorated with rows on rows of beautifully arranged bouquets and VIP areas offering appetizers and drinks. A DJ, of course, is there to set the mood.
When: Updated dates can be found on Madrid’s Official Tourism Website
Where: Calle Jorge Juan (Metros: Velázquez, Serrano)
Another favorite on our list of outdoor markets in Madrid that AREN’T the Rastro is the Lost&Found market. As you might have guessed Lost&Found sells vintage and second-hand items (and sometimes they’ll even accept trades!) They have a little bit of everything here, but ultimately, this is where the fashion forward crowd come for one-of-a-kind finds. The market is held in the Chamberí district of Madrid, in the Conde Duque Cultural Center. The plaza is packed with vendors and food trucks, because nothing fuels our appetite like a good day of shopping!
When: Check out the Lost&Found market webpage for dates
Where: Conde Duque (Metro: Ventura Rodríguez)
Mercado de las Ranas
Once home to the great writers of the Golden Age of Spanish literature—Cervantes, Quevedo, Lope de Vega—Madrid’s Barrio de las Letras (or “Literary Quarter”) is still a Madrid landmark. More recently, the neighborhood has gained fame for its many museums—the Prado, Reina Sofía, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza—and for Calle de las Huertas. This lively street scene packed with bars, restaurants and unique boutiques becomes one big outdoor market the first Saturday of the month. You can shop, eat and drink your way through the Mercado de las Ranas. The Barrio de las Letras neighborhood association even organizes special events for the day—you name it, they have it!
When: First Saturday of every month
Where: Barrio de las Letras (Metros: Antón Martín, Atocha, Sol)
Mercado de Motores
And last, but not least, is the Mercado de Motores. Part of the market is housed inside the Museo del Ferrocarril (Madrid’s Railway Museum) a gorgeous old train station from the 1880s (Dr. Zhivago was filmed here!). This mercadillo does spill out onto the street with its hundreds of vendors, selling everything from furniture, gourmet food, vintage clothes and accessories. There’s live music, food trucks and a number of free activities. This outdoor market in Madrid is so popular that the line can stretch around the block, so make sure to get there early!
When: Generally, the first Saturday and Sunday of every month (this can change due to weather conditions, so double check the Mercado de Motores website first!)
Where: Museo del Ferrocarril (Metro: Delicias)
London, New York and Paris may have done the outdoor market concept first, but Madrid has certainly put its own spin on it. This vibrant capital is nothing if not eclectic, and its shopping scene is proof enough of that. So, next time you’re in the shopping mood, check out these six amazing outdoor markets in Madrid! Besides, what better way to spend a day of domingueo?Want our insider’s guide to eating in Madrid? Just add your email address in the form below!