Why do we recommend Santiago food market (Mercado de Abastos)?
This colorful permanent market is a vibrant space where locals and tourists alike mingle every day. The market is open every day except Sundays and on holidays.
The food market of Santiago was established 3 centuries ago, and it was always in the same location. The current building was built in 1941 after the demolition of the previous city market in 1937.
After the Cathedral of Santiago, this market is the second most visited attraction in Santiago. In its different shops, you will find a complete range of local Galician food. The market is very well-known for the quality of seafood and fish available, but you will also discover local Galician cheeses, wine, and liquors, honey or local artisan bread and pastries (the famous empanadas gallegas)
The market is managed today by a system of co-ownership. Seventy food producers co-owned the space. There is a rich mixture of stalls. Local ladies sell traditional Galician vegetables like Padron peppers or grelos (green leaves of turnip)
You will find many bars and restaurants near Mercado de Abastos. So the market has evolved not just into a food market, but also a place in which you can enjoy a glass of wine and tapa before you continue your visit to Santiago de Compostela.
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