Nuovo Mercato Esquilino
Nuovo Mercato Esquilino
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5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighborhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighborhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic center. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
How to get there
  • Vittorio Emanuele • 3 min walk
  • Manzoni – Museo della Liberazione • 7 min walk
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SambaMaster
Queretaro City, Mexico211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I live in Ascoli Piceno, about 3 hours east of Rome...I have to visit this market a few times a year to stock up on ingredients that are otherwise impossible to find in most of Italy (Italians are NOT big consumers of this "exotic" food!). This place is full of vendors, probably 150 different stalls offering fresh everything: meats (including halal stands), fish, and amazing produce focusing on hard to get stuff like bitter melon, chiles, cilantro, other herbs, and OKRA!!!! If you like to cook non-Italian in Italy, this place is a godsend! Highly recommended!
Written June 8, 2021
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy32,251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Colorful, busy, energetic multi-ethnic market with everything from Chinese peppers to Moroccan spices … not to mention lots of fresh produce and fish and meats of all kinds (pig trotters, anyone?) Definitely worth a visit. There is also another building with clothing, Indian saris, bolts of fabric, etc.
Written May 13, 2023
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Isabel O
Lexington, KY15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
A little hard to find but the address on here is right but with the building #being 184! The hours are Friday, and Sat from 9-5pm. Mon. Tues. wed. and thur from 9-3pm! Closed Sundays.

There were many stalls of fresh meat, seafood, spices and tuns of vegetables/fruit with many things being a third of the price of grocery stores. Many of the vendors could speak english but were very happy when we tried to speak italian.
Be careful though because there is a separate building right next door which has the same name but it only sells clothing/shoes. We got lost and thought that they just weren''t selling food that day but luckily we exited the building and walked 15ft more and saw the building which was full of the food part.
Written January 31, 2014
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principessaB
Lausanne, Switzerland17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2012
This market hall is pure delight. The fruit and veggies are fresh and drop dead cheap. I get my trolley full of stuff and pay 10 Euros. And you cannot only buy delicious local stuff, I can discover exotic vegetables you have never seen in your live.
My kids love the more gruesome part and stare at the heads of dead piggies, crabs that still move, and the cows' feet.
Go there in the morning and than continue with a stroll through the nearby Chinese jewelery shops where you can find amazingly pretty necklaces for 4 Euros.
Written March 27, 2012
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Ville
Lempaala, Finland760 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Couples
The market of Piazza Vittorio used to be an open-air market, but it has since been moved to a markethall very close to the piazza. I've only visited the new incarnation, "Nuevo Mercato", which is the most diverse and rich market I've ever visited. We were staying in Rome for two weeks in September 2012, and we shopped here various times, mainly for produce and seafood, but we also bought a new backpack – there are two halls, one for food, the other for textiles, right down to tailored suits. (The latter hall has also a beautiful inner courtyard park well worth visiting: I liked the modern sculpture a lot.)

You can find groceries not only for Italian cuisine but for a variety of world cuisines. This richness is reflected in the products, in the salespeople and the customers. This is one of the most cosmopolitan places I've seen – granted that I'm not an especially diverse traveller, merely a Rome buff.

When shopping for seafood, remember two things: Monday is a terrible day for it, since nothing is freshly captured. Secondly, always check that the label has the box "fresco" (fresh) ticked, since otherwise the product is defrosted. In our experience the best two sellers were situated in the middle part of the seafood hall, opposing each other. There is a pedastal in the middle of the hall, and these two sellers were northwards, towards Termini, from that. Nearly everything they selled was fresco, they were closed on Monday (unlike the rest who were just selling second-grade stuff), and they seemed like seasoned veterans of the trade judging from the discussions we had.

It is very easy to get here by the metro, so you can get home with your loot in good condition even on a hot day.
Written October 1, 2012
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dapper777
Monaco62,779 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
If you like to spend some amount of time in Rome, you should plan on visiting this market.
It is a charming market with something for everyone. Similar to a farmers market, but with dedicated stalls for numerous sellers of produce, fresh fish, meat, exotic spices, beans, rice, grains, dates, groceries, olives...All pretty fresh and cheap.
Amazing stands full of colours.
We went and we like it. It was a wonderfully local experience.
We have seen some fruits and vegetables which you usually do not find in our supermatkets. They come from China, India, South America..
In the same compound, there’s another area where there are stalls with oriental fabrics, luggage, garments and shops with Asian taylors for alterations, but that part is not particularly interesting and memorable.
It's not very clean, but there is a lot of options and variety! Also conveniently located next to Termini station and to Vittorio Emanuele subway station.
It was a joy for our eyes and senses.
Recommended
Written January 27, 2019
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Nana_JP
Washington, DC425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
I am fortunate to have a rented apartment just a few blocks from the Mercato. What a lively place it is and you can find your food's desire with little trouble here. They have fresh vegetables and fruits both seasonal and exotic and butchers who will send you home with the cut of meat or seafood you are looking for. There are plenty of vendors with inexhaustible resources and the quality, freshness and price is right. If you are going to cook in Rome you will want to be friends with this market.
Written November 19, 2013
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Olcay U
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
This is the largest market in Rome bringing small vendors under the same roof. Many of the products here are from the nearby areas and all fresh, at reasonable prices. My favorite tomatoes, datterini -similar to the plum tomato and probably the best tasting ones anywhere, for example, are sold here at 2.5 euro/kg while supermarkets will sell them at least for twice that price. The Mercato not only sells the fresh produce cheaper and fresher but has much greater variety. You can find here ethnic veggies and fruits, herbs like coriander and dills, and varieties of fish that are not available at supermarkets or grocery stores. The Mercato is in the middle of Rome and accessible by metro, bus, and tram. If you are driving, parking is problematic.

What is missing here are the small eateries that would cook and serve what is sold, such as in Lisbon or Barcelona.

Very highly recommended.

Written June 12, 2016
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Kenpasha
Bellingham, WA759 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
The Nuovo Mercato Esquilino, a huge indoor market of vegetables, meat and seafood products, is just near the Roma Termini train station. The three ladies of our five person group -- no doubt with an implied glance at dusty museums -- pronounced a visit there "great" and "the real vacation", bringing back to our rented flat enough raw material to feed (I suspect) a crowd of a doZen. I was about to make some remarks about over-buying when there appeared on our table tonight 6 strip steaks, for which they had paid the equivalent of about 15$. I immediately shut-up. Not the least interesting about this market is the variety of workers there, many of whom are Pakistani or Bangladeshi. We had a particularly fun Interaction with Mustafa at his spice, condiments and fruit stand. Like many vendors I had met in Egypt and elsewhere, Mustafa can talk to you in about ten languages. He even spoke a fluid and relaxed Arabic (but heavy with Maghrebi words, perhaps reflecting the predominance of North Africans in Italy). after we had exchanged some small talk, he exclaimed, "I never thought I'd find an American who speaks Arabic..." From him we got some curry for chicken, which we mixed specially for us. for coffee drinkers I should also make note of the Bar del Mercato run by Ivana, where -- just when you think you can't look at another eggplant -- you can go have an espresso for 80 cents. the market is also a good place to purchase an inexpensive Italian coffee maker.
Buon appetito!
Written June 9, 2015
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Betsy911
North Redington Beach, FL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Get a picnic, take some photos, try some exotic food -- this was one of our most fun mornings in Rome.
Written June 28, 2014
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