Barley Market, Madrid
La Latina is a historical neighborhood in central Madrid, which has become a favorite place
for locals to enjoy a few outdoor drinks. Some of its most traditional spots still survive, such
as the Mercado de la Cebada (the Barley Market), which dates from 1870. Unlike other big
city markets, which strive to look as modern as possible, the Mercado de la Cebada main-
tains a charming traditional feel.
When you enter, you'll find yourself immersed in mid-20 th century daily life. The place is
huge, with high domed ceilings that provide a sensation of open space. Its customers are
It may not be a fashionable place to have drinks, but you'll enjoy it immensely if you want
to have a peek at Spanish daily life.
Image Credit: The inside of the market. Image by Tamorlan .
When It's Free
Admission is free for everyone. Open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 8
PM, and Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM.