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Mercado de La Ribera

Listed under Markets in Bilbao, Spain.

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There is a plaque on the front entrance of the Mercado de la Ribera which declares that it is the largest covered food market in Europe, however it was the residents of Bilbao’s old town themselves who proclaimed this and so whether such a claim is true or not is unclear. But even if it’s not the biggest, it’s still very impressive and worth a quick visit. The stalls groan with the weight of the fresh fish and seafood, hams, mounds of crumbly sheep’s cheese made that morning and olive oils. Vendors pop out from behind stacks of peppers, bags of hand-shelled baby peas and piles of chunky asparagus offering you free samples or showing you the best of what they’ve got. Jam jars full of thin green peppers in vinegars, strings of dried peppers hanging from stalls and fat snails the size of walnuts are just some of the Basque specialities you can purchase on the three floors of the art-deco market building, whose cleverly designed ceramic windows cast a light over all the produce that seems to make it even more delectable and irresistible.

Written by  Alessia Horwich.

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