The Mercado del Puerto, still in its original 19th Century wrought iron building just behind the beach, has undergone a revival in the last ten years and is now a lovely mix of tapas stands and food stalls. selling everything from fresh fruit, veg and fish to local delicacies like palm honey, parrotfish, gofio flour, tropical fruit and local veg like Canarian black potatoes and taro root.
The market stalls sell everything from fresh fruit, veg and fish to local delicacies like palm honey, parrotfish and gofio flour. Look out for tropical fruit and exotic local veg like Canarian black potatoes and taro root.
This variety of produce is also reflected in the wide range of food stands. You can get everything from fancy montaditos to gourmet American pizza, Scandinavian snacks to quality croquettes and Spanish ham.
The action isn't all inside as the whole outside of the market is lined with small shops and restaurants. There's a fresh flower stall, a stand specialising in Russian food, a great Japanese restaurant, and a churreria.
The Mercado del Puerto is just 100 metres from the golden sands of Las Canteras beach in the narrowest part of the city. The pedestrian streets between the market and the beach have plenty more places to eat and once you get to the promenade you can't move for bars, cafes and restaurants.
Mercado del Puerto Useful Information
Address: C/ Albareda, nº 76. Distrito Puerto.
The traditional market stalls open from Monday to Thursday from7:00 to 14:00, and between 7.00 and 15.00 on Friday and Saturday.
Food stalls open from 10.00 to 16.00 from Monday to Thursday, 10.00 to 24.00 on Friday and Saturday, and from 10.00 to 20.00 on Sunday.
Alex Says: Thursday night is tapas night at the Mercado del Puerto so its gets busy. It also tends to be full on Friday and Saturday. If you want a quieter experience, go early in the week.