Once a month, Mercado de Motores creates one of the most unique market experiences in Madrid. Set up inside the Museo del Ferrocarril (Madrid’s Railway Museum), a decommissioned train station filled with antique steam engines and diesel locomotives, this vintage market makes use of the space in the most fantastic ways, with vendors setting up and squeezing in between old engines and creating a smashing and original antique market experience that should not be missed.
The whole affair is incredibly lively, and it is clear that many locals just enjoy the chance to hang out here and meet with friends and regular vendors, as well as browse through the wares on display. Mercado de Motores is a popular flea market which can get a little crowded, but shoppers should not let this put them off as it detracts nothing from the experience.
There are some fabulous treasures to be found in between the trains at Mercado de Motores: old typewriters, vintage clothing collections, antique pieces of furniture, bread bins and other kitchen utensils, silverware, ornaments, luggages, bicycles, old cameras and radios, globes, mirrors, glassware, crockery, lamps, vintage photographs & posters, and much more. Though visitors may plan to visit Mercado de Motores thinking they are not that fussed about old trains, they won’t help but be a little mesmerized by them as they pass by while strolling from stall to stall. It is a remarkable set up, and one that everyone will enjoy.
To keep energy high at Mercado de Motores, there is live music on site and plenty of refreshments to be found in the station. Once you arrive, you certainly will not be in a rush to leave (Mercado de Motores operates over two days from 11:00 to 22:00), and you most likely will find an excuse to return on the next day for more!