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El Mercado de San Miguel re-opened several months ago after a multi-year restoration project. El Mercado de San Miguel may strike you at first as a little too slick, a little too precious, a little too studied and light years from what you might expect from old Madrid, but this beautifully renovated market, just steps from the Plaza Mayor, has become the hottest tapas destination in Madrid.
Many of the stands are market bars, where you can consume what you purchase at the counter or at one of the communal tables in the common areas. In the daytime, there are shoppers and noshers. At night, the Mercado is packed with people, many of them 20s-30s something picking away a 1-Euro slices of smoked salmon, impeccable cheeses from Josè Luìs Martìn's Fromagerie, mariscos from the shellfish purveyor and sexy wines from Pinkleton's Wine Bar. Here is a slide show of my first images. I will have more from three visits. Don't miss El Mercado de San Miguel!
El Mercado San Miguel (www.mercadodesanmiguel.es), along Cava San Miguel, just off the Plaza Mayor.
Slide show of El Mercado de San Miguel.
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