Early morning markets, Farmers markets etc
Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:40 PM
Now for the local info, Where can I find the local food markets that the chefs head to ? I will be in San Sabastian, Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Denia, and Girona, If you could tell me of any food markets in the areas, I would be greatful.
hope you guys can help
Posted 07 July 2009 - 04:42 AM
- Mercado de Tetuán, C/ Marqués De Viana 4-6
- Mercado de la Paz, C/ Ayala 28
- Mercado de Chamartín, C/ Bolivia 9
- Mercado Maravillas, C/ Bravo Murillo, 122
You might also find interesting have a look at Gold Gourmet in C/ José Ortega Y Gasset 85 , more a shop than a market, where you will find very expensive high quality product.
Posted 08 July 2009 - 06:50 AM
In San Sebastian the basement level of the Mercado de la Brexa especially for fish & seafood
In Denia the Mercado Municipal has great products and you cant miss out on the Lonja ( fish and seafood auction market)
Posted 08 July 2009 - 11:33 PM
The Boqueria in Barcelona is a must. It's outdoors, hot, and very crowded with tourists, but gets less crowded the further you wander. Tourists mostly bunch up in the front where all the fruit vendors are. Closed Sundays, and about half open on Mondays (with most of the seafood vendors closed on that day). It has a few stalls with counters to eat but not a whole lot.
In comparison, the Bretxa market in San Sebastian was not that spectacular, save for the fish/seafood vendors. The Bretxa market is now a mall and the market area is only in the basement level now but half under construction. You won't find a big selection of bread, fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, spices, etc. I saw mostly meat, fish, some cheese, and a few fruit vendors open when we were there a few days ago. It paled in comparison to the Mercat de la Boqueria. I only saw one or two stalls with counters to grab a bite to eat there.
Posted 10 July 2009 - 10:18 AM
Not just the outstanding ones already mentioned (Chamartín is the best one, with the top seafood stall in Spain, Ernesto Prieto, http://www.ernestoprieto.com/, and one of the top butchers in Spain, Raza Nostra, http://www.razanostra.com/default.htm), but even smaller ones can be outstanding.
Two good examples are to be found on the same street in Madrid's Chamberí district, Alonso Cano. The larger Chamberí market (Alonso Cano 10) has outstanding vegetable stalls (including a growing array of exotic produce - a reflection of the increase in the immigrant population), three good fishmongers with the new El Señor Martín really standing out, and a surprising cheese and sausage stall, Jamonería Castellana, offering from three or four different Spanish and Portuguese 'tortas' to... New York pastrami. At Alonso Cano 77, four blocks away, the smaller Galería Comercial has one of the best seafood stalls in Madrid.
Unfortunately, the covered markets are slowly dying (hence the shrinking La Bretxa): stall owners retire at age 65, no younger people (including their children) take over because it's hard work and not too profitable, and one stall after the other closes - modern hypermarkets and supermarkets progressively take over.
Posted 15 December 2009 - 05:22 AM
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