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Review of Mercato Orientale

Mercato Orientale
Ranked #41 of 290 things to do in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence
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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

it was so different to anything I've seen before! the vegetables were all extra large whilst the cheese blocks were about as tall as me! It all smelt so lovely, minus the fish stalls!

Visited July 2013
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“Loved walking around the Mercato Orientale”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

One of my first activities in Genoa was to visit Mercato Orientale. I will preface my rating by saying that I only bought some pastry and bananas while I was at the Mercato Orientale. But I absolutely loved the "vibe" of this market. I saw incredibly fresh fish, may types that I have never seen before. The fresh pasta looked so appetizing as did all the cheeses. I wish I could have bought some interesting items and had someone cook them for me.

It really is a worthwhile Genoa tourist spot. Go there and soak in the atmosphere.

Visited November 2012
2 Thank GaryOgaga
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Genoa, Italy
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“Nice Produce Market”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2011

If you are expecting a Mercato or market similar to Barcelona’s famous one just off Las Ramblas, you might be in for a little disappointment; however Genoa’s Mercato Orientale has enough to make any photographer pull out their camera. It’s easy to locate with its main entrance on Via XX Settembre (about a 10 minute walk from Piazza de Ferrari) where racks of flowers sit on the sidewalk and the torn green awnings flap in the wind, over the former cloister’s arched doors. The main venders sell fruit and vegetables with a few fish, meat, cheese, flowers and spice shops interspersed. Whatever is in season will be artistically stacked in pyramids of color or neat rolls just begging to be bought. The best time to visit is in the morning when the fish are still jumping and the aroma of fresh basil is pungent. Many Genovese consider this market a bit overpriced but with good produce, once you get to know the vendors! A few things to keep in mind: Watch your belongings and your money. If you wish to purchase some fruit or vegetables first watch how the transaction occurs with other costumers. Most vendors don’t want you touching their fruit! (Plastic gloves are provided in the produce section of all Genovese grocery stories, so you don’t touch the fruit and veggies!) Check your produce before you leave, as some vendors who pick out your produce for you, may not give you the nicest pieces! Also check your change; the Genovese are known for short changing everyone, not just tourists! Finally, enjoy the market; its fun and a little slice of life in Genoa!

Visited January 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2008

We always take time to visit the market. Such a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables along with salami, other meats, cheeses, nuts, breads etc.. We usually buy some fresh fruit to take to our hotel. A nice opportunity to see the local people in action.

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