I love wandering round markets and Cadiz’s Mercado Central is a food lover’s dream! So much so, that I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking for me!
The market has more than 50 stalls selling fish and seafood, over another 50 offering fruit and veg, more than 40 selling meat, plus others that sell bread, pastries and deli items.
The central part of the market is primarily devoted to fish and seafood (not surprising given Cadiz’s location on the Atlantic Ocean) from swordfish, tuna, prawns and squid and everything in between.
Around the edge are the fruit and veg stalls and, in the outer part of the market, there are more fruit and veg stalls as well as delis selling the typical Spanish staples of meat, cheese and olives.
This is also the place to come for something to eat and drink. As it was early when we were at the market we popped in to La Marina on the corner of the market square for churros and hot chocolate. If we’d been there later in the day we could have sampled mini shrimp served in a cone or freshly shucked oysters from the vendors who have set up tables at the gates to the market, or (and I love this idea) we could have taken our purchases to the restaurants outside the market and asked them to prepare it for us.
This was my first visit to Cadiz but it certainly won’t be my last and, when I come back, it’ll be on an empty stomach so I can sample yet more culinary delights!