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Mercado de San Miguel

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Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid

Housed in a 1916 Beaux-Arts building, San Miguel market stood abandoned for years—until a renovation in 2009 gave it a new lease on life. Now it’s a lively neighborhood food destination with 33 shopping and dining stalls, plus a buzzing central café area.

Best Bites: Sherries drawn straight from barrels are accompanied by Andalusian olives and nuts roasted in a wood-burning oven at El Yantar del Ayer (drinks and snacks for two $7). Pinkleton & Wine (drinks for two $8) offers some two dozen sparkling wines by the glass—just right with the fines de claire oysters from bivalve and caviar purveyor Daniel Sorlut (#67; from $1.20 per oyster). —Anya von Bremzen


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