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“Live fresh food market” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa

Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa
Plaza de Sta Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Live fresh food market”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Really impresive colonial style fresh food market with fruit, veg, meat and fish/seafood displays. Worth seeing.

Visited November 2012
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“Colourful market.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Built in the 1940s in a pueblo style, it looks like tourist shopping villages visited elsewhere (e.g. Barcelona). However this is a real local shopping market with excellent fruit and vegetable, cheese, meat and fish. There are also some nice gourment/deli shops selling mojo sauces, olive oil, organic teas etc. The council showcases one small shop each week at the entrance and a lady in costume offered us a refreshing cup of fruit tea to try - an excellent idea for tourists and locals to help the market traders.

Visited June 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

Situated half way between the bus station and the main shopping streets. This is a lovely large local market. Has a large number of stalls, including, meat, bakery, fresh fruit and veg., flowers and plants. However the best stalls are for fresh and dried herbs and spices, these can vary depending on the season. The names are in Spanish, so take a list with you.
There is also an outside cafe, and small children's play area. Downstairs there is a large fish market, and supermarket.
The market opens and closes early, and closed on Mondays.
Nearby there is a small shopping centre, and a number of local shops.

Visited February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Cute but small”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011 via mobile

This place was cute but small, a bit of a disappointment. Nice flowers St the entrance but not much other than that. Supermarket not great either.

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“A market in the south”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

The market of Our Lady of Africa was built in the 1940s. It was after the civil war, in a period when architects had abandonned modernism to embrace a sort of historicism/regionalism, better adapted to what was then regarded as politically correct. For contemporary tourists this is only an advantage. The complex is definitely picturesque and its tower, which can be seen from long distances, is one of Santa Cruz de Tenerife's landmarks.

The interior of the market is different. The architect clearly wanted to take advantage of being in the south, and introduced some interesting changes in the classical model of permanent market. Everything is organised around a patio, where we can find different stalls with flowers, fruits and vegetables, etc. Around the patio, there is a cover gallery. There, protected from the sun, you will find the fish, the meat, the cheeses, etc. In the basement, there is a new section with a supermarket.

And what to buy there? You will find whatever you may need, but, if you want something special, something that you can only find there, in the Canary Islands, I would suggest to focus on:

a) The fish: completely different from the sorts you can find in the Iberian Peninsula and, in general, in Europe.

b) The cheeses: Most Canary islands (but particularly La Palma and Fuerteventura) produce excellent goat cheeses. Ask for advise to orient yourself in the rich world of Canary cheeses.

c) Wines: one of the best kept secrets of Tenerife is that the island produces excellent wines, with 5 different protected designations of origin. Not bad for a tropical island.

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