The Mercado del Puerto by the beach
The Mercado del Puerto, set in a stunning iron building designed by Eiffel and dating back to 1891, has an excellent mix of tapas bars and fresh produce stalls during the day. At night it is a popular drink and tapas spot, especially at the weekends.
The action is both inside the market and at the outdoor tables around its walls.
The Mercado del Puerto is at the north end of Las Canteras beach on Calle Albareda. Opening hours here.
The Mercado Central in the thick of the city
The giant Mercado Central is one block south of Mesa y Lopez shopping street. The whole ground floor is full of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, flowers and local produce such as cheese. It’s a busy local market and prices are excellent.
For more exotic fresh produce, head to the Chinese supermarkets on Calle Barcelona next to the Mercado central. There are several and they all sell a range of fresh Asian greens and veggies grown in Gran Canaria.
The Mercado de Vegueta in the old town
Wander around the Mercado de Vegueta until you find the famous fruit stall packed with beautifully displayed tropical fruit. This market has an intimate, bustling feel as it is full of locals doing their weekly shop.
You’ll find a few tapas bars as well, although most people head outdoors and into Vegueta itself for lunch.
The Mercado de Altavista up the hill
Located between Escaleritas and Schamman barrios up the hill behind the Port District of Las Palmas, Altavista Market sells fresh fruit, veg and local produce at excellent prices. It is particularly famous for its meat.
Bric-a-brac on Sundays at Las Ramblas
Every Sunday from 09.00 to 14.00, the pedestrian zone that links Santa Catalina to Mesa y Lopez fills with stalls selling everything from old books to clothes. Many of the stall holders also work the big south Gran Canaria markets at Arguineguín, Puerto de Mogán and San Fernando.
The Vegueta craft market
Sunday mornings in the cobbled streets behind the cathedral are lively thanks to the weekly handicraft market and displays of local singing and dancing.
Look out for the cigar makers and also for local handicrafts like basket weaving and leatherwork.
During the summer the Vegueta handicraft market often takes a break so do check if you are visiting in July and August.
San Lorenzo farmers market from local produce
Little San Lorenzo is a small town 15-minutes from Las Palmas by bus although it is still within the city limits.
It’s Sunday market is all about local produce and everything sold has to be grown in the Canary Islands. The cheese stall is excellent and you’ll often find interesting produce at a couple of the stalls; things like passion fruit, hot chilis and organic kale.