The Cava de San Miguel was the old mote that ran just outside the medieval stone wall that once existed to the west of this street.
The Plaza Mayor, a few more meters away, did not yet exist as such and was outside of medieval Madrid’s walls.
Taking the same name for good reason, the nearby Mercado de San Miguel caps the higher end of this sloped street. It is among the most beautiful covered markets in the city and one of the best places to stop for a snack and a glass and to be part of a gregarious local scene. It’s also a terrific place to pick up picnic foods for lunch in the park or to kick off explorations of the nearby food and drink scene on Calle de Cava Baja.