Mercado Central

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Avril H
Castelsarrasin, France6 contributions
Solo
I had only a few hours in Cadiz and decided to do the hop on, hop off bus tour. I got off at the cathedral, and having visited it, I decided to walk the short distance to the Mercado Central rather than getting in the bus again. The market was in full swing, with fish mongers doing a roaring trade. There were also fruit and veg stalls, and butchers. All around the edges of the market were little independent bars and restaurants and I bought a tapas portion of paella, which was much bigger than I expected, and a glass of crianza to wash it down. This was a total cost of only €5. A delicious break on my sightseeing tour of Cadiz. I’d recommend visiting the market in the morning rather than later in the day when things are winding down.
Written May 31, 2022
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felipehavana
Javea, Spain834 contributions
Wherever we go in Spain, and elsewhere for that matter, the local market is always somewhere I visit. In Cadiz it was especially interesting and it seems that in the old city every journey somehow took us past the market, which offers a glimpse of daily life in what seems to be the centre of the historic quarter of Cádiz.
Such is the quality of the fish, meat, fruit and vegetables that are sold at the market, that whilst you marvel at the more than 100 food stands, it’s easy to miss the beautiful architecture of the Central Market which is in itself a very impressive building surrounded on all sides by interesting plazas, wide streets, restaurants, bars and shops.
Inside as well as the usual fruit, veg, meat, fish, bread and specialist grocery stalls there is a plethora of bars and restaurants. The wing situated to the left-hand side of the main entrance houses the Rincón Gastronómico, where you can sample freshly made food. Not the normal cafe type place, but a range of establishments providing all sorts of specialist cuisines from all over Spain and further afield. Most of the produce stalls are situated in the central pavilion of the market, and one thing that stands out the most is the colourful array of fish with magnificent examples of bluefin tuna, dogfish, prawns and Sanlúcar king prawns, as well as all manner of local and national shellfish.
Really enjoyed this market and would recommend a visit, you will be there more than once. One word of caution: the tables outside the various places in the food court area are the province of that establishment and consuming anything not purchased from the relevant place makes the owners very grumpy. On more than one occasion we witnessed couples who had obtained food from two different outlets being very firmly told they could not consume what was not purchased there. A bit small minded in my view and counter-productive to providing a variety of fare in one place: but who am I to judge?
Written June 15, 2022
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Andy M
Cardiff, UK52 contributions
Couples
The market area is an excellent place to shop for high quality food at very good prices. In addition, it is great fun to stop at one of the little bars within and watch life unfold. The market is usually very busy, particularly over the Friday/Saturday period. There is a wide range of fresh produce available including vegetables, lots of fish, meat, spices, olives of any type you wish, fantastic bread and much more. This is primarily a food market, so no clothes, homeware etc. The market is a fun place to be, shop and eat.
Written February 2, 2020
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David S
Hillsborough, UK69 contributions
The Market is one of the focal points of the city with busy fish and fruit markets which is fascinating to walk around. On the outer wings of the market there are many fast food and drink stalls, serving freshly cooked snacks and a good variety of drinks. We ate lunch here most days during our visit and were very pleased with the quality of the food served up.
Written February 14, 2020
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alanb
Lewes, UK472 contributions
We walked around the market on a Sunday afternoon when all the bars around the outside were doing a roaring trade with locals and tourists enjoying themselves. The associated debris of empty bottles and food wrappers was quite marked but nobody seemed to mind. We went again the following morning when only a few of the stalls were open and the majority of the bars were closed, however the entire place was incredibly clean and you would never have realised what was going on the day before.
Impressive!
Written March 6, 2020
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Wanderlust
Mansfield, UK404 contributions
cadiz indoor market is a must do when visiting this beautiful old town ..its a fascinating place full of meat,fruit, but best of all is the fish stalls and all fresh it really is a eye opening experience (word of warning) its not for the squeamish! Remember this is a local market and not aimed at the tourist its all what you see is what you get ...outside of the market is lots of small pop up bars selling tapas fast food Spanish style with beer and wine ..we loved just mixing with all the locals and enjoying the unique experience ...
Written August 3, 2022
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,322 contributions
Couples
My wife and I visited the Mercado Central in Cadiz on All Saints Day this last November. Nearly everything was closed in the market. There was a small flea market in the street outside the entrance to the Mercado, but nothing like the photos showing the bustling activity of the Mercado. Don’t go to the Mercado on a national holiday.
Written October 9, 2020
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Lozz29
Cadiz, Spain14 contributions
Family
We stumbled across these markets by accident and so glad we did. More than 60 individual markets selling fresh fruit & vegetables, fish & seafood galore, olives, cheeses, hams, preserved meats, fresh meats and clothes on the outside. It was a hive of activity and a real treat to purchase fresh produce direct from the makers. We bought preserved tuna (aka ‘Ham of the Sea’) several varieties of olives and fruit. Be aware that it’s cash only.
Written January 15, 2020
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Alexandra A
New Zealand64 contributions
Couples
Awesome experience. Even though not into Spanish deep fried food, this is a great way to get to know and respect local traditions. It’s just a pity that Cadiz is invaded by ridiculous tourists (the stag parties and stupid dress ups and stuff) otherwise it would be perfect.
Written June 13, 2022
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peterwV975TL
Malaga, Spain907 contributions
Couples
Previous TA reviews indicated that the Mercado was an attractive venue to visit in the evenings. Unfortunately it isn't.

We walked all around the market yesterday evening and I doubt if more than a handful of bars were open. But this was a Tuesday night in January.

We returned this morning when the market was in full swing. About half the available stalls were open selling a variety of fresh produce, especially fish and vegetables.

Good choice on offer of everything the tourist could want for lunch etc in their apartment.
There is also a large supermarket in the street alongside the market.

Worth a visit even if it's only to buy some fruit.
Written January 22, 2020
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