As you wander the winding the streets of this ancient Andalusian city, it’s not hard to imagine the hustle and bustle of its Moorish heyday, when it was a vibrant and prosperous center for trade.
A stroll around Granada’s top markets will have you harking back to the days of the golden age as you take in the colors and smells of a time gone by. In certain corners of the city, the thriving market culture is still strong to this day, and here are 5 of our favorite Granada markets to get you started.
1. Mercado San Agustín
Heading the list of Granada’s top markets must be the renowned Mercado San Agustín. This thriving, colorful food market sits in the shadow of Granada’s magnificent cathedral right in the center of town. Beneath its roof lies a sprawl of food stalls offering a fantastic selection of fresh fish, meat, fruit and veg. What’s more, if you fancy a break from the frantic dashing between different shops, there’s also an array of food stands with ready-made snacks for you to savor then and there, accompanied by an ice-cold beer or glass of wine.
Address: Plaza de San Agustín
2. Street stalls on Calle Alcaicería
Take to the streets beyond the confines of the central food market and go in search of Calle Alcaicería. This charming selection of small stalls circling the cathedral along Calle Alcaicería and beyond is a hub of Granada culture. Originally stretching from the Plaza Bib-Rambla to the Plaza Nueva, these are the final remnants of the city’s Great Bazaar. Despite not being as extensive as it once was, this is a key fixture on any list of Granada’s top markets. The specialties here are delicacies from the East, particularly spices and dried fruits, while there are few better places in the city for tea-lovers.
Address: Calle Alcaicería
3. Mercadillo de Plaza Larga
Every Saturday morning from 10 until 3, the Plaza Larga in the heart of Granada’s former Arabic quarter hosts a small but vibrant street market. This is very much a local affair and undoubtedly one of Granada’s top markets. Residents emerge to do their grocery shopping before lunch, without having to head down to the center of town. This lends the place an authentic atmosphere and you get the feeling things haven’t changed here for hundreds of years. That said, it’s not just groceries which fill the stalls. Arabic style fabrics and pottery abound as well as a variety of artifacts with eastern influences. Hungry after a morning’s bargain hunting? Check out our blog on the best places to eat in Granada’s famous Albayzín neighborhood, all within walking distance of the Plaza Larga.
Address: Plaza Larga
4. Mercado Zaídin
The city’s southern Zaídin district plays host to its extensive general market every Saturday morning from 9 to 3. This market is enormous and varied, boasting more than 200 stalls. It’s a great opportunity for bargain-hunters, particularly with the array of Arabic fabrics on offer at reasonable prices. There are also other clothes and shoes spread among the vast sea of canvas. Spend a sunny Saturday morning at one of Granada’s top markets before stopping for lunch in one of the surrounding neighborhood tapas bars.
Insider tip: The earlier you get here the better—it’s jam-packed from midday onwards.
Address: Bulevar de Torre de la Pólvora
5. Eco-Market of Granada
This eco-market, set up on the esplanade of Granada’s Palacio de Congresos has been around since 2013. Taking place on the first Saturday of every month, it is essentially a modern-day farmer’s market. However, it’s the environmental edge about this place that really makes it one of Granada’s top markets. The stalls contain a beautiful array of organic products. Also, you can find information on a variety of environmental causes, with education a central part of their idea here. Of course, you get your hands on some truly exquisite food at this market. But, by buying here you know you’re supporting a good local cause. All the vendors own small businesses in the area and come out to sell their products at what really is one of Granada’s top markets.
Address: Explanada del Palacio de Congresos
After a long day’s browsing and bargain hunting, you’ll certainly have worked up an appetite. So, what better way to delve deeper into Granada’s long and varied food culture than by accompanying us on our Hidden Granada Food & Tapas Adventure!