• Europe’s Colourful Markets

    by  • September 27, 2014 • City Breaks, Food & Drink, Munich, Nice, Venice

    Many European cities have an attractive food or flower market to wander around.

    When visiting any city I like nothing better than to wander around a colourful market, whether it is selling fruit and vegetables, flowers or local food specialities.  In this blog I take a look at 3 well known markets which are well worth visiting if you’re spending a few days in one of these cities.

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    Venice – the Rialto fruit, vegetable and fish markets

    The Rialto area was the first part of Venice to be developed, and it soon became a centre for commerce. The markets are located alongside the Grand Canal, to the north-west of the RialtoBridge. Fish, fruit and vegetables are still sold here from a colourful array of stalls. The fish market is housed in a covered hall, the Pescheria. Here you can admire the wonderful array of Venetian specialities: glistening moscardini (baby octopus), crabs and inky seppie (squid) of all sizes. Many of the fruit and vegetables come from the nearby island of Sant’Erasmo. The best time to visit the markets is early in the morning although some of the fruit and veg stalls will still be active in the late morning.   There are also several good food stores around the market area, selling gourmet foodstuffs, oils, wine, pasta and regional specialities.

    Nice – the Flower Market
    One of the highlights of a visit to Nice is to wander through the colourful food and flower market at Cours Saleya, the famous promenade in the Vieille Ville.  Hundreds of flowers of every shape, size and colour gaze out at the locals and tourists from under the shade of pretty striped awnings. Anyone strolling past these harmonious floral displays will never forget the colourful scene or the wonderful fragrances.  Amongst the many kinds of flowers on display are violets, roses and of course mimosa. The flower market and the fruit and vegetable markets are held every day except Monday.

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    Munich – the Viktualienmarkt

    The Viktualienmarkt or victuals market occupies an area right in the heart of Muncih between Heiliggeist-Kirche and Frauenstraße. The market was originally held in the Marienplatz but this became too smallfor the purpose so King Maximilian 1 issued a decree for the market to be moved.  Over the years the market has evolved from a farmers’ market to a popular market for fresh food.  Here 140 stalls and shops offer flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, venison and fowl, eggs, butter, honey, fish, meat, sausages, cheeses, herbs and spices.  In the area surrounding the market are a number of bakeries and restaurants, making this an ideal place for the tourist to visit at coffee or lunch time.