As Europe’s hub for South America, Madrid is the first port of call for the majority of people, culture and trade from Latin countries. The city’s Latin scene is huge, with salsa and tango clubs, Latin street festivals and parades, and Latin restaurants and bars – and with entire districts such as Usera and Oporto known as the Latino barrios. Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba and Bolivia are just some of the South American countries represented here in Madrid.
With all that in mind, here’s a rundown of my top three Latin American stores in the city centre and what you can find inside.
MERCADO DE LOS MOSTENSES
Situated near Plaza de España, this is Madrid’s most multicultural mercado and has some great foodie places, which I’ll be writing about in a future post. For now, you can make your own amazing South American dishes with these fresh ingredients:
- Address: Plaza de los Mostenses, 1
EL HUERTO ON C/FERROCARRIL
This is a small Latin American supermarket and has quite possibly the largest range of Latino ingredients in the centre, from plantains and cactus to corn tortillas, arepas and the infusion known as mate.
- Address: C/ Batalla del Salado, 24
A LITTLE LAVAPIÉS OPTION
This store has fewer options than Mercado de los Mostenses and El Huerto, but its central location makes it very convenient if you live in this area.
- Address: C/ Miguel Servet, 5
- Nearest metro: Lavapiés
- Opening hours: Around 10-10 every day