You know when something becomes so familiar and you mention it so much that you end up abbreviating it… and then you end up abbreviating the abbreviation? Well that´s what has happened to me with Mercado de San Ildefonso in Malasana, now known to my friends and I as “fonzo”.
This cool, modern and fun food and drink haven has become my “local” or “second home” in Madrid. The market is a fairly new addition to Madrid and is divided over 3 floors with both indoor and outdoor areas for enjoying a bite to eat and a glass of wine. Personally I like to head to the outdoor terrace on the middle floor on a Friday or Saturday night, but the whole market has a great chilled out vibe whilst still being able to maintain a real buzz.
Now the important part – the food and drink! I’m yet to try everything “fonzo” has to offer but there are multiple vendors selling everything from traditional Spanish dishes to burgers. My advice would be to team up with a friend (or friends) to sample a variety of tasty treats from the different stalls. Perhaps you could start with some purple (yes PURPLE) gazpacho, some pulpo or maybe some croquetas (or maybe all three)! There really is too much to choose from! If you’re willing to sacrifice the traditional Spanish cuisine then the hamburgers are to die for, just be warned if you don’t like your meat remotely rare ask for it well done… like really well done.
Finish your market banquet off in style with a selection of fine cheeses and your night of food heaven is complete. All this and a glass of yummy Rioja for only 2.50 euros, it really is one of the best places to spend an evening in Madrid.
Mercado de San Ildefonso – C/ Fuencarral 57, 28004, Madrid
Nearest metro stop – Tribunal (lines 1 & 10)