MadrEAT – A street food feast between office towers


MadrEAT in Madrid, September 28 – 2019 / photo:

Amidst towering office buildings, apartment complexes and huge shopping malls, I follow the scents and the sounds of sizzling food that leads me to the tree-covered Plaza de Azca. It is just off of Paseo de Castellana which is one of Madrid’s major thoroughfares, and a long kick from nearby Santiago Bernabeu. The football-home of Real Madrid.

I currently live in the opposite end of the city and therefore I rarely make my way up here where the street food market of MadrEAT is a monthly highlight. A gathering of über cool food trucks and trailers representing some of the capital’s well-established street food restaurants as well as purely food truck-based businesses.


Sweet treats at MadrEAT street food market / photo:


Hot dogs, burgers, tacos… the choice is yours / photo:

MadrEAT was inaugurated back in 2014 and by now it has become a well-established event in this part of town. I’m happy to finally be able to take a closer look as I make my way around the many stalls while trying to get an overview before I decide where to buy my lunch.

There are all sorts of tempting treats from gourmet versions of burgers and hotdogs to a large variety of South American delicacies and Asian delights. Besides this, there is naturally a selection of drinks available from the well-represented local beers from La Virgen to Spanish vermouth, sangría and wine.


The South American food scene is well-represented at MadrEAT / photo:


From tuctucs to trucks / photo:

As my rumbling stomach tries to drown out the tunes from the DJ on-site, in a desperate attempt to make me decide, I make my pick and go for a Thai-inspired sandwich with pork meat, coriander, crispy onion and spicy sauce, which turns out to be an excellent choice. And I eat it near the big fountain that is soon surrounded by couples, friends and families who are all enjoying this sunny afternoon in the heart of Madrid.

I can only imagine how good the atmosphere will be at night and I’m already looking forward to my next Madreat-experience.


My selection of lunch – a Hot Thai sandwhich / photo:


Beer from the local Madrid-brewery La Virgen / photo:


Relaxed atmosphere around the central fountain at MadrEAT / photo:

MadrEAT is found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Plaza de Azca, Paseo de la Castellana 89
The nearest metro stops: Nuevos Ministerios and Santiago Bernabéu (both line 10)

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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer