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Where to buy Latin American ingredients in central Madrid

29 October 2016
Beans, cactus and hot sauces

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:

A Latinamerican veg store in Mercado de los Mostenses

A Latin American veg store in Mercado de los Mostenses

Exotic vegetables at Mercado de los Mostenses

Exotic vegetables at Mercado de los Mostenses

A Latinamerican bakery in Mercado de los Mostenses

A Latin American bakery in Mercado de los Mostenses + platanos

  • Address: Plaza de los Mostenses, 1
  • Nearest metro: Plaza de España or Noviciado
  • Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 9 am-2 pm / 5-8 pm, Sat & Sun: 9 am-2.30 pm

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.

Beans, cactus and hot sauces

Beans, cactus and hot sauces

Pop, dried nuts, seeds and herbs

Pop, dried nuts, seeds and herbs

Wheat and corn tacos and tortillas

Wheat and corn tacos and tortillas

Mate, a South American tea

Mate, a caffeine-rich South American infusion

Tortilla chips

Tortilla chips

Frozen maiz

Frozen maize

Tropical fruit pulp

Tropical fruit pulps

Arepas, queso Latino and sausages

Arepas, queso latino and sausages

Several Latin countries represented in El Huerto

Several Latin countries are represented in El Huerto

  • Address: C/ Batalla del Salado, 24
  • Nearest metro: Delicias
  • Opening hours: Around 10-10 every day

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.

Hermano Alimentación

Hermano Alimentación

  • Address: C/ Miguel Servet, 5
  • Nearest metro: Lavapiés
  • Opening hours: Around 10-10 every day

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2 Comments

Aviva Bergman 28 February 2017 at 1:55 pm

And caprichos latinos on calle Alamo 6, right behind mostenses.

And intertropico in Calle Reyes between Alamo and Plaza España.

And 100% Mexico on Calle castello 22. A bit more upscale but has delicious mole (no preservatives or chemicals), and blue corn flour and other Mexican goodies. Various kinds of tortilleras too. And the stone mortar and pestle for guacamole too. Of course they have epazote and other spices.

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Leah 28 February 2017 at 3:02 pm

Thanks for the great tips Aviva, we will have to check them out!

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