El mercado ya no es el mercado de tus abuelos


Food markets are now popular tourist destinations

Some markets feature the same old food vendors as they always have: the fishmonger, the greengrocer, the cheese stand, the butcher… And some have reinvented themselves into upscale, trendy places to eat tapas or have cocktails, the like Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel. This market still has a couple of old vendors selling fruit and fish, but these days people mostly go to have oysters and fried fish and drink a glass of wine.

Perhaps Spain’s best food market is still largely a working, day-to-day market as well – La Boqueria in Barcelona. Besides traditional restaurants and juice stands that cater to tourists, one can still do the daily or weekly shopping there.

They say you can learn a lot about a people by what they eat. What better way to learn about the locals than to stand next to them in line and hear what they say and buy what they buy.  And picnicking is a cheap and delicious way to eat when you are traveling. Some local bread, cold cuts, cheese, fruit and wine make a fine meal wherever you are. And many markets will also offer a bit of entertainment.  At Seattle’s Pike Place Market they famously throw salmon. The Tokyo fish market offers a daily spectacle of giant tuna coming off the boat to be cut and auctioned.

So next time you travel, visit a local food market. Take some pictures. Take in the show. And of course, eat.


i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary VOCABULARY

Fishmonger  – pescadero

Greengrocer – frutero

Butcher – carnicero

Oyster – ostra

Stand – puesto

To cater to – abastecer

Cold  cut – fiambre

To auction –  subastar

07/07/2015Level - difficulty 2United StatesAudio