The great Mercado de San Miguel only left a tiny little space in my heart for Spanish markets. That space was quickly leased by El Mercado de San Anton located in the lovely neighborhood of Chueca. And I do admit San Anton has got one thing going for it that San Miguel does not offer: a rooftop!
El Mercado de San Anton is a more modern version of a food market; a little cleaner, a little cooler, a lot fancier, the stands gleam a little brighter, and the sunlight shinning from the opening in the middle of the building hits the produce so perfectly it’s like the sky was hinting for you to find it. I had no apartment or kitchen in Madrid, but I was itching and scratching to buy some groceries.
If I ever do have my own kitchen in Madrid though I would most certainly trust the Mercado de San Anton with the weekly task of groceries, especially because they have a home delivery system. This, to me, means I can go to the market, pick out my preferred produce, pay for them so they can be shipped home while I head straight to the rooftop. Excellent!
The rooftop is shared space between the very good looking restaurant called La Cocina de San Anton and, well, its rooftop bar. The restaurant wasn’t open when we visited so sadly I didn’t get to gawk at patron’s plates, but I was an instant fan of the restaurant anyway especially after I saw that it promises to use the freshest, most in season produce from right downstairs to create our delicious meals.
My parents plan was to tease me a little by quickly showing me the rooftop and moving on to the next thing, not allowing me to enjoy it. I quickly put a stop to that. I found a couch on the terrace, under a large white umbrella, and ordered a beer before anything could be debated.
I needed a cold drink in my hand, a comfortable seat, my family sitting across from me, and gorgeous views of Madrid to take in just how lucky I felt in that moment.