This is what Madrid needed to be a European capital, not the Olympics. They needed a market with the status of The Flea Market in Paris or the Portobello in London. The second weekend of each month, the old Delicias railway station is filled with curious on-lookers and regular market attendees. From the typical cafe where everything has a classy look, to cafes that use original glasses from the 60s. In addition to live bands and antiques, vintage clothing is also very commonplace at the Mercado de Motores. The market envelops the station and in the back is where everything is prepared. There you will find lots of tables and hammocks out in the sun and dining deals on everything: burgers from Burger Lab, traditional Asturian cuisine, croquettes for 1 € (of which they sold 3,000 by 5pm last Saturday), paella and gin n’ tonics for the brave. This outdoor market is where you’ll find real bargains worthy of taking a place on your grandparents’ shelf. This Mad Men-esque market is a monument to a time past, and it can be seen in the antiquities being sold.
Mercado de Motores
Second weekend of each month
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00
Price: whatever you want
Text and photos : Diego Etxeberria
Translation: Brett Piron