From very touristy to local, these are three markets that you may want to visit in Madrid.
1) Mercado de San Miguel
Located right next to the Plaza Major, the Mercado de San Miguel is perpetually packed with tourists. At this market you'll bump, bump, bump into tourists, but also see a large array of delicious looking tapa such as pintxos (or pincho). There were also amazing looking sweets. Though this market was packed with tourists, it was a nice space and the building was gorgeous.
Find more information about the Mercado de San Miguel here.
2) Mercado de San Anton
Marta, who hosted our BookALokal meal, suggested we visit Mercado de San Anton. This market was much less crowded and had really nice looking food coming from all over Spain. Mercado de San Anton consisted of three floors (above a supermarket). The first floor had fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish. The second floor had little tapas restaurants, a wine bar, and a bar table with stools surrounding the overlook. The third floor was a large indoor/outdoor restaurant with nice views of the neighborhood. If you are looking for somewhere a little less busy and much less touristy, I'd suggest visiting the Mercado de San Anton.
For more about markets in Madrid check out this post.
3) Mercado de la Cebada
Mercado de la Cebada is a farmers' market with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, and more. This market is huge, but if you are looking for tapas you won't find much. This market is for those looking for fresh ingredients to cook at home. Behind the market is a great skate park and tons of street art.
Find out more about the Mercado de la Cebada here.
Which markets do you like in Madrid? Would you visit the most touristy, the least, or right in the middle?