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Traditional market to be reopened in Madrid on February

Old Jan 20th, 2009, 03:28 AM
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Traditional market to be reopened in Madrid on February

San Miguel is one of the most emblematic traditional markets in historical old Madrid. This remarkable building, the only iron-built example remaining in the capital, was built between 1913 and 1916 however, its commercial activity dates back to the 19th century, as an open-air market where traders gathered to sell their produce close to the Plaza Mayor.
The new project emerged from the disquiet of a small group of professionals who appreciated the architectural importance of  San Miguel and were keen to stop a market so characteristic of our historic Madrid from ending up as just one more shopping centre.The idea is to maintain the range and character of the traditional market beginning with quality requisites based on fine hand-made produce, seasonal fare and modern, efficient customer service. Therefore, one objective is that all those with a stall in the market maintain these quality criteria in their produce. San Miguel aims not only to become a seal of quality, but also a place of exchange. One may come to shop but also to learn, to educate oneself; that is why San Miguel has  the collaboration of professionals, each one an expert in the product in addition to other fields such as nutrition and sensory analysis.
The idea is to maintain the range and character of the traditional market but also new shops like a florist's managed by a landscape gardener, a poultry & game shop or the 'Isla del Dulce' (Sweet Island for the sweet tooth); the prestigious Horno de San Onofre bakery will offer bread baked in wood oven, chocolate, ice cream, horchata, nougats and cookies. A traditional 'bodega" will serve sherry and vermouth on tap.
The Mercado de San Miguel will reopen its doors in Feb.
http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/Mercado/mercado.html
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Old Jan 20th, 2009, 03:31 AM
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Sounds excellent - another reason to revisit Madrid ! Thanks for posting this, Revulgo.
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Old Jan 20th, 2009, 03:49 AM
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Thank you for the information.
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This would be reason number 17,211 why I ADORE Madrid!!
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Old Jan 20th, 2009, 06:04 AM
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Yes thank you Revulgo you always have such great information to offer.

We were dissapointed that it was closed when we were there last.

How long has it been closed? So glad it re-openes in FEB.
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Old Jan 20th, 2009, 06:12 AM
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Gracias Revulgo!

I see it is almost next door to where I will be staying in Madrid this March! I look forward to visiting it!
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Old Jan 24th, 2009, 06:17 PM
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More on Mercado San Miguel ...

http://www.spain.info/youtube/youtub...?v=zc3Z9yReH0w
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Old Jan 25th, 2009, 11:16 AM
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Do you know if the market will be open everyday?
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Old Jan 25th, 2009, 01:19 PM
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Hi CathyM,
According to El País it will have very ample hours, Mon.-Sat. from 10-10 and on Sun. from 10 until mid-day, meaning probably 1 or 2.
Some stands will even be open late into the night for the night owls.
There are to be some 30 stands, including artisan bread, a wine shop, bookstore and newspaper kiosks. Some stands will offer tastings. It hopes to be Madrid's equivalent to Barcelona's Boquería, so I've read.

amsdon,
The project started in '03. There was concern among many that it would just become another urban shopping mall (Zara, Mango), but it looks like they're really going to do it right, as Revulgo tells us. I can hardly wait.


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Old Jan 25th, 2009, 04:34 PM
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Me too! Even though I had not seen it before, it was an odd feeling seeing it empty. I only wish it would open earler in the morning.
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 07:33 PM
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Any idea when this market will open? I think I read on this forum last week that it did not open as expected in February. I was so looking forward to visiting there when I'm in Madrid for one night in May.
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Old Apr 15th, 2009, 10:50 PM
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If I am not mistaken this is the market that Maribel wrote about which will not open ever again? That it is being made into some commercial building? Am I correct Maribel?

In any case when we saw it last week it was closed and looked like it was going to be torn down.
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Hi gals and Revulgo,
This is the wrought iron market on Plaza de San Miguel, off Calle Mayor and near the Plaza Mayor that was slated to open in February as Revulgo reported, but whose inauguration has been delayed. Do you know until when, Revulgo?

I had originally thought that it wouldn't reopen as a market. I had read a report and friends had remarked about its being re-made into a commercial center (mall).
Luckily, they've decided to fill it with food and wine stalls (the Gastródomo de San Miguel) rather than Zara and Mango boutiques!

I hope that it will be open during your stay in May, CathyM.
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Old Apr 16th, 2009, 09:45 AM
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The new tentative date: "spring"...
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I'm staying at the Hotel Plaza Mayor nearby so I'll make it a point to find out if it's open when I'm there May 9. I'll report my findings to everyone when I return
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Old Apr 16th, 2009, 11:47 AM
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Yes please do Cathy I am dying to know too.
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So, can anyone who has recently been to Madrid confirm the opening of the market?

Looks like it's open again....

http://www.youtube.com/user/MercadodeSanMiguel
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Yum more!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R67bH...eature=channel
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Old May 5th, 2009, 03:19 AM
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Official reopening day: May 13.
Really?
www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/
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I hope that's really the official reopening day. I arrive two weeks later & I'd really like to see it.
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