While in Madrid, Matt who runs The Travel Blogs , recommends spending some time exploring some of the many traditional markets that are reinventing themselves in the
face on an ever changing retail environment.
The Mecardo San Miguel, located next to Plaza Mayor, is a well placed and
shining example of example of how a traditional markets are reacting to
the modern world and it is a trend kicking off all over Madrid. No longer
the just the home of traditional fruit and veg stall, markets have become
the evening meeting venues of choice with late night dining and cocktails.
Another example is el Mercado de San Ildefonso, located in one of Madrid
nightlife hotspots, Malasana. El Mercado de San Ildefonso has almost been
entirely taken over by small food and drink businesses giving it an
authentic street food feel and even hosts a yearly craft beer festival.
As well as giving visitors and locals the opportunity to eat something a
little different, it is an opportunity for small business owners the
chance to try out new ideas and a great place for startups with the hope
of one day moving to a larger premises.
But dining hasn’t completely taken over. Market managers have been careful
to ensure that a balance remains and traditional traders still have a
place. You’ll still see the fruit and veg man, the fishmonger and butcher
all trading well.
With markets being re-invented all over the capital, it looks like a trend
that will be here to stay. They often blend into the background and from
the outside don’t look like much. However, looks can be deceiving. Home to
boutique dining, champagne bars and craft stalls they are quickly becoming
the place to be seen, helping to breathe new life into city areas and
traditions that were under threat.
Cheers, Matt @ The Travel Blogs