Long life to Mercat Princesa

A few days ago was inaugurated Mercat Princesa, the newest gourmet food court in town, and I have been there to tell you about it. Mercat Princesa is located in a cool medieval building in the trendy Born district, hidden in the backstreets behind the Picasso Museum.

Paella tapa at Mercat PrincesaThe idea is simple: a selection of food stalls offering assorted specialties, that put together can make a menu list that could compete with any good tapas bar… And maybe even beat it!

If you’ve been to Madrid, it might remind you of their busy Mercado de San Miguel, but in a medieval setting and a smaller and cozier venue. Instead, it’s not at all like Mercat de la Boqueria: it’s not a food market with some bars, but a food court with the feel of a market.

You’ll find here all kind of tapas: From pintxos, to fried dishes, from meats to cheeses, without forgetting and Italian and Asian touch for the most cosmopolitan food lovers. And of course, a nice selection of wines, cocktails and coffee. Mornings will be rather breakfast oriented, while after noon it will become a fancy place for lunch, dinner, drinks or just a social bite.

It wasn’t easy to choose only 5 stalls out of their offer, but here you have my suggested plan. Discover all of them in our tapas tour.

5 stalls for a perfect meal at Mercat Princesa:

Ibèrics i Formatges. First of all, start preparing your stomach with a platter of assorted cheeses, the best Jabugo ham and amazing Iberian cold cuts. Locals love them and they make part of any informal meal. But don’t eat too much: there are more delicatessen coming!

Mercat Princesa fried tapas

Por + Huevos. If you sat in one of the tables next to Ibèrics i Formatges, then before starting eating head to the end of the room to fins this stall specializing in eggs. Ask for the omelette of the day, choose one of their egg canapés or order one do their fried eggs with fries combinations. You can’t go wrong!

Pepe Fritz. Next we are moving a bit further into the Mercat. In the bottom right alley you’ll find this guys that are the kings of fried temptations. Don’t leave without trying their fried little fish, and make sure to get some assorted croquettes too! So good!

Toque de Sal. We are ready now for a tapas-sized “main course”, and that’s probably the most original stall at Mercat Princesa, as not often you’ll be able to find rice served in tiny portions. I loved the idea! When I went they only had the Ceps Risotto left, because they had been so successful that they run out of their two other recipes of the day. And I can tell you enough how delicious it was!

Desert at at Mercat Princesa Restaurant

Dolç I Salat. No meal is complete with some desert, and you won’t have to leave the Mercat to finish your meal “comme il faut”. Beside the entrance from Flassaders street, this stall offers breakfast options in the morning and delicious patisserie bites during lunch and dinner time.

Now it’s your turn! Which is your favorite from the Mercat Princesa restaurant offer?


  1. My whole family misses the Camembert crujiente you introduced us to at Ciudad Condal and the patatas bravas at El Bar Quim

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