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Jun 6, 2008 11:32 AM

Where to buy saffron in Madrid

Hi, all,

I'm going to be in Madrid for the first time later this month. Although I've already planned out my gastronomic agenda, I need some help when it comes to procuring gifts for back home. I'd like to to buy some saffron, probably a lot of it, since I have heard it is still less expensive to buy it there than in North America.

My question is where can I go to do this? I'm assuming a supermercado like in El Corte Ingles would carry this, but are there better places to go? Also, if any Madrilenos are reading this, how much would I expect to pay for varying grades of the spice right now?

Thank you very much!

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  1. I'll try to describe where to go. If you were heading to the Plaza Mayor from the north and it was in front of you, walk around to the right hand side, outside. Kind of diagonal away from you is a big market with many stalls with produce and other food vendors. There you can find big 20 gram plastic boxes of saffron at a really good price. Dont buy the little packages in tourest kiosks and shops around town.

    1. This is an old post, but rednyellow is describing the Mercado de San Miguel (Market of San Miguel).

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      1. re: SC425

        I tend to buy my saffron and smoked paprika from San Miguel market. But, if you go in the evening, it's one of the best concentrated tapas places, as well.

        1. re: Hoc

          I'm also curious as to the source of the best quality/price of saffron in the capital.

          Would there not be markets that might have better prices than the centrally located and tourist friendly San Miguel? Anyone know of a dedicated saffron seller in other markets, or a specific shop other than Corte Ingles? (I'm thinking along the lines of La Ribera in Barcelona, perhaps, or the dedicated vendor at the Mercado Central in Valencia..)