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Best Markets in Granada

What are the best markets in Granada? In this article we highlight the best markets in Granada.
|-Best Markets in Granada

Granada, is a city that seamlessly blends the old with the new, and its markets are a testament to this vibrant cultural mix. For expats and digital nomads who have made this historic city their temporary or permanent home, exploring the local markets is a must-do activity. These markets not only offer a glimpse into the daily life of Granadians but also provide an opportunity to purchase unique items, fresh produce, and artisanal goods. Here are some of the best markets in Granada that you should not miss.

Alcaiceria Market

Location: Near the Granada Cathedral
Type of Market: Traditional Arab Market
Open: Daily, 10:00-21:00

The Alcaiceria Market, once a grand bazaar in the Nasrid period, is now a series of narrow streets filled with small shops that maintain the charm of its Moorish past. It’s the perfect place to find souvenirs, traditional crafts, and textiles. The atmosphere here is reminiscent of the markets found in North Africa, offering a unique shopping experience in the heart of Granada.

We Recommend: Look for the intricately designed Granada lamps, which cast beautiful patterns when lit and make for an excellent memento or gift.

San Agustin Market

Location: Plaza de San Agustin
Type of Market: Food Market
Open: Monday to Saturday, 8:00-14:00

Located just behind the Granada Cathedral, San Agustin Market is the go-to place for fresh, local produce. This indoor market is where locals shop for the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood. It’s also a great spot to sample some local cheeses and olives. The market’s vibrant atmosphere and the quality of its products make it a favorite among food lovers.

We Recommend: Try the jamon Iberico, a Spanish delicacy, from one of the market’s charcuterias.

Zaidin Market

Location: Calle Palencia, Zaidin
Type of Market: Street Market
Open: Saturdays, 9:00-15:00

Zaidin Market is one of the largest street markets in Granada, where you can find everything from clothing and accessories to household items and electronics. It’s a bustling market that offers a real slice of local life, as well as some great bargains. The market stretches across several streets, so be prepared to spend some time exploring all it has to offer.

We Recommend: Look out for traditional Spanish espadrilles, which are both comfortable and stylish for walking around the city.

Plaza Larga Market

Location: Plaza Larga, Albaicin
Type of Market: Farmers Market
Open: Saturday mornings

Set in the picturesque Albaicin district, the Plaza Larga Market is a small but lively farmers market. Here, you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, and other homemade products directly from local producers. The market is surrounded by cafes and tapas bars, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely Saturday morning.

We Recommend: Sample some of the locally made cheeses, which are a true taste of the region’s dairy craftsmanship.

Paseo de los Tristes Artisan Market

Location: Paseo del Padre Manjon, below the Alhambra
Type of Market: Artisan Market
Open: Weekends, usually in the afternoon

Nestled at the foot of the Alhambra, the Paseo de los Tristes Artisan Market is a charming spot where local artisans sell their handcrafted goods. From jewelry to ceramics and leather goods, this market is an excellent place for finding unique, high-quality souvenirs and gifts.

We Recommend: The hand-painted ceramics are a highlight, reflecting the Moorish history of Granada in their designs.

Recogidas Street Market

Location: Calle Recogidas and surrounding area
Type of Market: Shopping Street
Open: Daily, with store hours varying

Calle Recogidas is one of the main shopping streets in Granada, lined with a variety of stores, from well-known brands to independent boutiques. While not a traditional market, this street offers a modern shopping experience where you can find clothing, accessories, and more.

We Recommend: Visit some of the local boutiques for unique fashion pieces that you won’t find elsewhere.

El Mercado de San Francisco

Location: Plaza de San Francisco, Albaicin
Type of Market: Local Produce and Craft Market
Open: First Saturday of each month, 10:00-15:00

El Mercado de San Francisco is a monthly market that takes place in the historic Albaicin district. It’s a place where local farmers and artisans come together to sell their organic produce, handmade crafts, and other eco-friendly products. The market has a community feel and is a great way to support local businesses.

We Recommend: Organic honey and handmade soaps are popular items that reflect the market’s commitment to natural and sustainable products.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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