Finally a quality market
Mercado de Motores is a relatively new market in Madrid. Traditionally Sundays for over a dozen years has been dominated by El Rastro, Madrid’s largest open air market for antiques, clothing and questionable crafts, in the La Latina neighborhood. There are some great antique vendors (best to visit during the week) to visit there but the rest of it, honestly, is a bunch of junk. I always thought it lacked quality product and well curated second hand goods along with some good food vendors. In my 13 years in Madrid I have never bought anything from El Rastro market on a Sunday. The only thing good about it was after squeezing through the crowds we would begin the real activity of bar hopping for tapas and cañas. Finally a group started what I would call a quality market that has a bit of everything
Vintage, design, second hand and food
Mercado de Motores is a market of vintage goods, design furniture, second hand, food and music and takes place every second weekend of the month (except for august) in the old Train Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril) on Paseo del Delicious. The museum is housed in an old train station and has fully restore trains of all type on display including several you can walk through. I have to admit I was very surprised at all the different kinds of vendors that participate. The good stuff you will inside the station, all of the vendor with second clothes and goods run along the side of the station on the outside.
Most everything for sale inside is hand made whether jewelry, lightng, clothing or furniture. There were a few vendors selling Sobresada from Mallorca, olive oils from Andalusia, freshly baked bread and countless cheeses. You can even get a good cup of coffee here too.
The only thing that is really annoying is that they limit entry into the station, so get there early, right when they open or go in the evening as this has become popular very quickly and by 1pm there is a long line to get in. Mercado de Motores is well worth a visit.