One of the top things to see in Seville is the Encarnacion market located in the center. This is where the locals shop for groceries. Lots of fresh meat, fish and most definitely fresh fruit is sold there. Here is a nice way to get a glimpse of local going about their daily lives.
We not only found fruit, but the Spanish staple jamon, and harder to find meat such as duck and rabbit! Our lovely hostess D. with whom we had the tasty Withlocals dinner showed us around Seville center on one of her days off. It was so wonderful finding out little tidbits about the city that she calls home and is evidently proud of. As well she should be, I love this place. The Encarnacion is a really good Seville market for fresh food.
Seville Market: La Encarnacion
The Encarnacion market is located on the bottom floor of the Metropol Parasol , known as La Seta (the mushroom) to locals. I have written about the Metropol before. A place definitely worth seeing, if only for the great 360 degree view of the city. It is one of the local markets where people shop for their fish, as well as fruits and vegetable. The market was moved from a nearby location recently so it still has a new and fresh look.
Size wise, it is much smaller than the market in Valencia for instance (the largest in the country), nor does it offer the tapas selection of the market in Madrid, but it still has its own charm as one of the things to do in Seville in addition to the other gems like the plaza Espana.
This newly renovated place is quite nice, very light, very bright, very airy. There are roughly 40 stalls from what l counted selling various seafood like tuna, clams, mussels and cod-fish. It was a pleasure to walk around, the aisles were wide and plenty of space for people with their shopping bags on wheels. The fish mongers were smiling, and the offerings looked really fresh.
The fruit and vegetable stands also had everything, from the biggest bell peppers l have ever seen to garlic, eggplant and tomatoes. It was on that morning full of old ladies and men shopping. The people were obviously used to strangers with cell phones, like me taking photos, and they were very obliging when l asked to take photos of their stands.
Prices at La Encarnacion Mercado Sevilla:
From a local’s point of view (us), we did notice that prices were higher at the Encarnacion market than what we usually pay at our local veggie stand and supermarket. Some were about €3-4 higher per item, which is a lot!. From what l understand, you have to do your due diligence if you live in Seville as a foreigner.
More than likely, you are quoted a higher price when they think you’re a visitor. This was the same in Malta that we experienced. Personally, l tend to shop at places that have their prices clearly marked. I don’t like surprises :-) .
Nuevo Mercado de la Encarnacion:
Why visit la Encarnacion mercado?
You should visit because this is a perfect place to shop for groceries if you live in Seville old town, or are renting an AirBnB while on vacation or slow traveling. Shopping is a pleasure thanks to the relaxed atmosphere. There are two cafes that serve food made from fresh ingredients found right in there. That makes it kind of cool :-) .
The one other thing that l absolutely loved about this market was that every stall seemed to have a ticket counter machine!. Yeeesss!!!! After living in Spain for a few years now, I love not having to remember who the “ultimo” (last person) is to know when it’s your turn. It’s frustrating, and especially so when it’s at the bank.
Thoughts on Encarnacion market:
You can check out where the locals shop, maybe grab a bite..then check out the Roman ruins in the museum in the basement and of course the view from the top of the Metropol Parasol. It’s €2 entry fee for the ruins and the view, and that includes a drink at the restaurant upstairs. Very good value indeed.
The location of the Encarnacion market is Plaza de la Encarnacion. Easy right? :-) . Just look for the giant shaped mushroom building which is La Seta. Very hard to miss and one of the top sights of Seville.
To see other tourist attractions in Seville, we recommend GetYourGuide tours which we use personally.
Do you have a market close to you in your neck of the woods where you can shop for fresh food? Or are you stuck going to the supermarkets only?