Mercado de la Bretxa
Mercado de la Bretxa
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Zosia B
Waterloo, Belgium1,430 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Do visit if you are looking for the freshest meats, fish and seafood to take home. Don’t visit I’d you want ready to eat foodstuffs or fresh fruits and vegetables. Definitely not as impressive as other markets I’ve visited; I was expecting more in such a food forward city.
Written October 28, 2022
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T M
Boston, MA85 contributions
Apr 2012 • Solo
For anyone who has come to San Sebastian primarily for the food, it's nice to browse the raw components of the Basque table that you will be eating later. The range of seafood is impressive and is a feast for the eyes. There are the well-regarded canned foodstuffs available at what seemed like every vendor's stall, so it's not just the fresh stuff that gets attention.

If staring at the food makes you hungry, there's a good food stall right in the market where you can satisfy your cravings.
Written April 25, 2012
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Stephen M
Alhama de Granada, Spain590 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
If I lived in San Sebastian I would be shopping for fresh produce in here every day. Great looking fresh fish and vegetables as well as some deli stuff, as always (in Spanish towns) close by there are some authentic cafe bars and restaurants.
Written October 18, 2017
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Angelo G
Mullingar, Ireland315 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Dating back to 1871, the Bretxa Market utilized mainly stone and iron for its construction.
It was built at the site of the weakest point in the city’s fortified walls, where it was breached on two occasions (1719 and 1813), hence the name “La Brexta” which means “the breach” in Basque.
When later remodelled to accommodate a mall, the market was relegated to the underground level which it shares with a supermarket.
If you are able and willing to do some of your own cooking, you will find a huge and appealing array of meats and fish here.
Having looked at several shops in both old and new town, we headed back for La Brexta to stock up on top quality anchovies, olive oils and cheeses to take back home with us and enjoy for weeks to follow. The Lidl supermarket in the basement stocks some ridiculously low priced wines and local liqueurs which are well worth considering if, like us, you made sure you came with plenty free suitcase space for the purpose. Do not miss the small but extremely high quality pintxos at Bar Azkena, hidden away behind the meat and vegetable stalls.
Written June 23, 2016
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James H
Belgrade Lakes, ME28 contributions
Oct 2019
Even though this mercado is right on the edge of the old city, few tourists stop in. The main reason to go is the supermarket in the basement. If you want snacks or toiletries and the like, the market has an okay selection at better prices. The fish/meat/cheese market is a wonderful photo opportunity and a source of the freshest product around if you are renting an apartment where you can cook. The olive oil shop there is a bit of a tourist trap. The staff is friendly, but kind of unhelpful, as everything they stock is "the best." Can ten different brands of paprika all be the best? There are Basque product shops in the old town that I think have fewer but better olive oils. But everyone should take a half hour and have a look.
Written October 15, 2019
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,775 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
The Mercado de la Bretxa has a very interesting architecture from the past and now is a landmark. In the front one can find a clothing store now.
Written July 24, 2013
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Anna W
Warsaw, Poland78 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Good range of high quality Spanish products, must-see for the food lovers. You can buy nice jamon iberico, sidra, txakoli wine, marmelades, olives and much more.
Written August 22, 2018
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Ian Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK68 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Go underground and visit the market. Loads of local fish, meat, cheese etc. Interesting to see even if you can't buy some of it.
Written June 8, 2017
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CLColbert
Palo Alto, CA76 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
We love farmer's markets in general, but La Mercado de la Bretxa is truly special for us. The fish and seafood is the highest quality that we've seen anywhere. We've also been on a special tour of Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, and this market's fish quality is comparable, if not better in some ways. All the vendors are incredibly warm and welcoming. Aside from seafood, there is an abundance of Spanish products such as Cinco Jotas Iberico jamón, olive oil, arroz for paella, even the tapas spots serving gildas were outstanding (we still remember their gildas' brininess today). After perusing the market, we could understand why the top chefs source their ingredients here. This market will be our first stop the next time we visit San Sebastian.
Written January 11, 2017
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Gloria A
Brussels, Belgium1,010 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
If you love seafood, this is the place to shop. I have never seen fish and seafood displayed in such an inviting and imaginative manner. The mosaic designs on the floors and walls make the market light and colorful, and a pleasure to explore. Take note when you walk up the escalator and into the open air, the old building called pescaderia, which probably housed the old fish market. We also went to the modern part of the market, but it was not as interesting as the fish market.
Written March 6, 2016
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