Who could resist the opportunity to shop for the freshest, most succulent seafood in the world? Unless you happen to have an allergy, the urge should be familiar to you. Imagine the potential: a plate of paella, scrumptious sole meunière, tasty tuna tartare… the culinary opportunities are virtually endless. If you happen to be planning a vacation, it might be in your best interests to check out five of the best fish markets in the world.
(photo by: Rory Hyde)
Tsukiji Fish Market – Tokyo, Japan
Located just a stone’s throw away from the most popular Tokyo hotels, Tsukiji Fish Market is a bustling hub of activity at least 6 days a week.This market is filled with over 400 different types of seafood ranging from sushi-grade seaweed to enormous tuna, exceptional caviar, and everything in between.
Mercado de la Nueva Viga – Mexico City, Mexico
Despite the fact that landlocked Mexico City is hundreds of miles away from the sea, the Mercado de la Nueva Viga makes every visitor feel as though they have stepped into a bustling Spanish port. Over 20 000 people make their way through this market every day, which opens at 4am and winds town to a close in the early afternoon.
Sydney Fish Market – Sydney, Australia
Around one hundred species of fish are traded in this market daily. With its acclaimed status as the largest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere, there is no lack of variety or atmosphere. The welcoming Aussie attitude and the huge array of the freshest fish will have your baskets bulging.
Billingsgate Market – London, England
Billingsgate Market is famed worldwide and fondly remembered by all who have visited it. This bustling and entertaining fish market has the classic London flair that makes it a destination even for those who are only onlookers. Find any variety of bountiful seafood among the throngs of eager customers.
Hamburg Fischmarkt – Hamburg, Germany
The very early hours of this market do not serve to deter any of the hordes of tourists and locals who flock here every Sunday. There are large amounts of fresh produce on offer and a great location just makes it all even better.