Wednesday, January 21, 2009
16 ~ The Municipal Market
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The mercado municipal in Puerto de la Cruz is an interesting three storey building, comprising a supermarket, linen and souvenir bazaars as well as other shops on the main and top floors and the farmers' fruit and vegetable market up the escalator on the second floor. It opens at 8 am and although the produce stall owners pack up their goods after 1 pm, other shops are open until 8 pm. There is a parking garage in the basement which is free if you buy something at any of the shops and have your parking ticket stamped.
The building has a central patio with natural light.
Escalators make it easier to go up to higher levels.
There are many stalls from which to choose.
The fruit and vegetables make colourful displays.
Island-grown papaya...large and small varieties.
African yams called ñames here (center).The spice & herb shop sells saffron and paprika as well as many whole and ground herbs and local honey.
Vieja (parrot fish) is a local specialty in the fish stall.
A prepared food stall also sells paella to order.
The finished paella looks just right!
There is a flea market usually every Saturday morning held both on the roof and the front patio of the market building. One can find clothing, books, cameras, silver, china and other items seen at flea markets.
NEXT: The Flea Market