We continue discoverting Antón Martín’s Market, a great place between Las Letras and Lavapiés neighborhoods. It’s the turn for a cozy spot to take a rest and eat healthy and delicious: CARAVANA Street Food.
We couldn’t wait to come to this place since Aida and Paula sent us an e-mail telling us their story. Aida has a degree on Arts and loves handmade things, slowly and carefully and with lots of love, and Paula is a cook with experience in some of the best restaurants in Madrid, who loves fresh products and bringing out the best of each ingredient by using the right technique. They are a perfect tandem who met in the kitchen of a sandwich restaurant and started dreaming on their own project. They wanted a place where they could cook and serve fresh comfort and tasty food to eat or take away, where people could travel with their senses. They would have loved to have a food truck but it is certainly not easy in Madrid these days, so instead they parked their “Caravan” in the market, where the street food concept fits so well. Specially in this market (that doesn’t appear in any travel guide!), a place we absolutely love where the traditional shops (groceries, bakeries, fruit shops) live in perfect harmony with new businesses, from a wonderful flower shop to a japanese take-away or a design studio that sells auto-edited fanzines.
Aida and Paula decorated their space with their own hands and did it beautifully. They have created a warm, cozy spot that feels like home. It is very small and only suitable for eating on your own or in couples (no more than three at the same time), but sometimes that’s just the perfect thing. If you are not in that mood, you can also order your delicious food to take away and enjoy it at home or outdoors (the Retiro park is very close).
The menu is short but any option is just perfect: surprising sandwiches, bagels and wraps made with homemade bread and filled with delicious ingredient combos. They make it all and you can taste the difference. We loved the “cuban sandwich” with spicy pork marinated in lime & orange juice with cheese and mustard and a crispy, light bread, accompanied by great baked potatoes and coleslaw. There’s a super-tasty veggie option called “veggie en mollete de raza” and in case you have a food allergy or intolerance, call them in advance and they will prepare something special for you.
In the morning (from 11am) and in the afternoon they serve great breakfasts and snacks including great coffee, organic teas, homemade cakes and sweets and of course, sandwiches. On Saturday morning there’s also vermú and tapas, with many options to share.
While you enjoy your meal, you can also get inspired by the collage exhibitions from invited artists that change every month. If you like them as much as they do, you can take them home or give them as a great gift at an affordable price (around 20€).
The only limitation is the market’s opening hours: CARAVANA is closed on Satuday evening and Sundays, all day. Definitely worth a visit during weekdays or Saturday morning and then keep exploring the wonderful neighborhood of Antón Martín.Caravana Street Food Mercado de Antón Martín, Calle Santa Isabel 5, Madrid Metro Antón Martín (Line 1) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org // +34 672 103 697 // facebook Opening Hours M-F 11am – 9pm / Saturdays 11am – 3:30pm Average price 10€ each