Marbella might be the capital of Costa del Sol for top brands and luxury malls, but it also has a lot to offer for those who like to buy locally sourced food, direct from the farmers. Here are the top 5 local markets you must explore, especially now that filling up Christmas stockings and getting ready for festive dinners is becoming top priority on everyone’s list.
Marbella’s Municipal market
Monday to Saturday, 8am – 4pm
Mercado Municipal is open every day except Sundays, which makes it a place frequented by locals and restaurant suppliers. A plethora of vegetable and fruit stalls, butchers, fishmongers and beekeeper stalls will satisfy every grocery need. A remarkable spot to visit is Pescadería Nene, a corner stall which is half store half restaurant. In a more that casual setting, and at a modest price, you can try sushi made right in front of you from that morning’s catch by Nene, a local Asian cuisine superstar who learned his trade in Japan.
Alameda Ecological Market
First Saturday of every month, 10am – 2pm
Once a month Marbella’s iconic Alameda Park and botanical garden hosts an ecological market. Stalls sell locally sourced, environmentally friendly produce at competitive prices. If you’re here in summer and want to cool off afterwards, the beach is a two-minute walk away.
Puerto Banús Christmas market
On every day until January 4th, 12pm – 8pm
Closed December 25th & January 1st
Now in its second year, the port’s Christmas market feels like a cozy family affair. With stalls selling Christmas decorations, jewelry, cakes and mulled wine against the backdrop of superyachts. This is a great place to come for a leisurely stroll – even if you aren’t looking to buy anything. There are also daily arts and crafts workshops for kids.
Every Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Called El Rastro de Benahavis in reference to Madrid’s legendary flea market, this place offers everything from antique furniture to second hand clothing and all sorts of bric-à-brac. The market is spaciously interspersed around a partially cleared eucalyptus grove and set amid a dramatic rugged landscape, allowing for very enjoyable browsing. There is also a permanent fruit and vegetable stall selling local produce in case you decide to picnic with some bread, cheese and olives.
Nueva Andalucía Artisan Market
Every Saturday, 9am – 2pm
On Saturday mornings, one of the streets leading from Puerto Banús up to the bullring hosts one of the largest flea markets on Málaga’s coastline. It is a happily chaotic affair with vendors loudly advertising their goods. A huge range of products is on offer – from antiques to crafts, and from clothing to spices.