I wouldn’t have seen myself going to a railway museum, it’s not really my thing – I like trains but only as a transportation system, nothing more than that – so when our host in Madrid told us that there was a really cool market held at the Museo del Ferrocarril de Madrid (Madrid Railway Museum) and it was free to enter, we didn’t think it twice, considering how much we enjoy markets we went to check it out for ourselves, and I’m so glad we did.
Mercado de Motores is in fact something quite unique for both the unusual and original location where it takes place and for the range of items on sale. Every second weekend (during both Saturday and Sunday) of each month the former train station “Delicias” changes its usual appearance and transforms into a very lively place where a mixture of people gather together either for shopping, or simply to spend a different day out whilst meeting friends or to enjoy the view of old trains together with a fashionable market. Who knew that there was an old railway station in Madrid that once a month turned into a market?
It was incredible to see how the vendors set their stands between beautiful steam trains from the 19th century, both passenger trains that who knows how many people have transported in the past and diesel locomotives that looked almost like new, definitely an incredible and different market setting, something that we aren’t used to seeing everywhere.
The beautiful iron and wooden old train station structure creates a very spacious market area big enough to also expose the well preserved old trains too that, even if you aren’t interested in, you cannot avoid admiring and perhaps finding yourself liking more than you thought, like in my own case.
A Well Spent Afternoon
I’m not a shopaholic but I love markets, they are such great places for people watching and Mercado de Motores was no different and didn’t disappoint at all. It’s incredible the variety of items on sale at this market, there were plenty of objects and clothes that you can probably only find in your grandmothers house, but nowadays we call it vintage and we are all crazy about it. The stuff that I liked the most and that I found more unique and fascinating was the amount huge of current design pieces, homemade crafts, art creations, chic brands, contemporary and modern furniture mixed amongst the older ones, pieces done by Spanish and foreign designers that you cannot find at any other market.
Mercado de Motores is definitely an out of the ordinary market and this is what I particularly liked and enjoyed about it. Its cheerful and energetic vibe got us in a good mood and despite being a little crowded – something that we usually don’t really like – we had a great time thanks also to the jazz band playing live music with one of the many old trains as a backdrop.
Looking around people were all smiley either trying to find the best bargains no matter if they were newly designed pieces or a second hand, or enjoying a refreshing drink or a snack at the outside bar area, or a coffee and cake at the trendy indoor cafe.
Mercado de Motores is logically popular amongst hipsters for both its vintage and trendy-design style, but we found it to be a very humble market, a down-to-Earth place with a very relaxed atmosphere that everybody of all ages can enjoy, kids included. There is infact a miniature train made for children and parents to ride together.
We loved it! Mercado de Motores is a place full of various inspirations and creative people all under the same roof, we felt particularly lucky to have been in Madrid at the right time of the month to visit this market and very grateful to our host for the tip, it would have certainly been a real shame if we missed it. I think we would become some regular visitors of Mercado de Motores if we were living in Madrid.
Have you ever been to a market similar to El Mercado de Motores?