Seville is quickly moving up travel bucket lists because the beautiful Andalusian city is as lively as it is livable. Bicycle paths chart the way between tapas bars, and beautiful architecture awaits at every turn; there’s an overwhelming amount of reasons why you should book a holiday to Seville.
One of the best ways to get to know the soul of the city is to visit its markets. From traditional food stalls to upmarket stops, and the artistic mercadillos that add a cultural twist to every weekend, here are where to find the best markets in Seville, Spain:
The everything market: Mercado de Triana
While most of the city and its markets lie on the right bank of the Guadalquivir River, the Triana neighborhood can be found on the left bank. Best known for its Flamenco culture, the area is also famous in the city for its Mercado de Triana. Built over the remains of the Castillo de San Jorge, the market was remodeled in 2001. Today, the local mercado boasts a mix of traditional fruit and veg stalls, as well as stands hawking exotic spices, oysters, and hipster-worthy craft beers. The eclectic combination makes it perfect for any foodie stop regardless of it you are searching for a readymade lunch or shopping for raw ingredients to take back to the kitchen yourself. You can even do a walking tour of the Mercado de Triana!
The modern market: Encarnación
The Encarnación market is literally unmissable. The market, which reopened in 2012, is housed beneath the striking Metropol Parasol – known affectionately as the ‘mushrooms’ by locals. The roof of the mercado is the largest wooden structure in the world and provides a modern architectural cover to the Roman ruins that were uncovered during the market’s long renovation. In addition to grocer-style stands, the market has multiple bars, restaurants and even a museum on site. While food remains the focus, no trip to Encarnación is complete without exploring the rooftop walkway and taking in some of Seville’s best city views. There are plenty of hotels near Encarnación as well!
The most historic market: Feria
Feria is the oldest of Seville’s markets, and can trace its founding back centuries. The neighborhood market moved into its current location in the 18th century and still has a historic feel. Feria is best known for its fish stalls, but the first building (the market is made up of two) is mainly filled non-seafood stands that crowd the narrow aisles. But to sample some of the market fresh fish, be sure to seek out La Cantina – which is probably the most famous market bar in the city. The tapas style eatery specializes in serving small grilled and fried seafood plates to hungry market goers.
The flea market: El Jueves
The best day to explore the Feria market is Thursday, because it also coincides with the free-for-all flea market known as El Jueves. El Jueves runs along Calle Feria, just outside the food market, and fits in perfectly with the overall bohemian feel of the area. The weekly flea market has few frills, and most of the stands are nothing more than blankets laid out on the ground. Look closely and you can find a range of shabby chic treasures – from furniture and home goods, antiques and random Seville bric-a-brac. Be sure to come ready to bargain for the unexpected and unpredictable pieces.
The art market: Mercadillo de la plaza del museo
Every Sunday, more than 100 local artists gather in front of the Fine Arts Museum of Seville for a one-of-a-kind market. Coming from various creative backgrounds, the artisans offer large scale modern paintings, small handmade crafts, and just about everything creative in between. Browse the Sunday exhibits for landscapes, flamenco inspired pieces or abstract contemporary art to snap up as a unique Seville souvenir. Even those who don’t find something to take home can still enjoy the visit to discover the city’s more artistic side.
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