Sometimes we need to escape from our daily routine and release our stress, and as strange as it sounds, walking in the chaotic fish market for some people is a good therapeutic experience. For seafood lovers, going to the fish market and buying seafood fresh or already cooked is heaven. Every county has its own fish market with its unique collection and presentation, so here are some of the most famous fish markets in the world.
1. Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo
It was the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale supermarkets of any kind. Unfortunately it was destroyed in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, opening again on 11 February 1935 as a replacement for an older market. The market was the busiest between 5:30 – 8:00 a.m.
2. Noryangjin Fish Market, Seoul
One of the best places to visit in Seoul, what makes this fish market different from other fish markets in the world is that most of the fish are still alive, so it’s fresh and doesn’t smell as strongly as other markets.
3. Mercado Negro, Mexico
Located in downtown Ensenada, 15 minutes from the Carnival Cruise Port, this fish market has so many kinds of fairly priced fresh fish, they say it is similar to Tsukiji in Tokyo, only smaller.
4. Pike’s Place, Washington
Pike’s Place is located in Seattle, Washington, USA. The market is famous for Dungeness Crab, and has a lot of fresh fish as well as fruits and other products. You can also find some nice restaurants here.
5. Mercado Modelo, Brazil
Mercado Modelo is located just a 2 minute walk from the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and in the morning you can see some people giving fish to the birds or pink dolphins who always swim around to the river. Local people bring the fresh fish every morning so don’t be late if you want to have some for your meal.
6. Tanji Fish Market, Gambia
This traditional market located in the Gambia has fresh fish directly from the sea, brought from the fishing boats when they arrive. The most famous fish from this market is the Bonga fish.
7. Mercat Del Peix, Spain
This fish market supplies excellent high-quality produce, the price might be higher than others but you get the quality for sure. Some tourists like to go to this place to get the experience of Catalonian cuisine, but you also can find local fruits, vegetables, ham and cheese.
8. Ver-o-peso, Brazil
Ver-o-peso is located in Belém at Guajará Bay riverside in Brazil. It sells fresh fish from the Amazon and there’s also the street market, where craftsmanship, natural essence perfumes, typical food, and native fruits are sold.
9. Port d’Essaouira, Morocco
Port d’Essaouira is an important traditional fishing port on the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco. Here you can find the best fish market in Essaouira, filled with fish fresh from the blue fishing boats.
10. Feskekôrka, Sweden
Feskekôrka is an indoor fish market in Gothenburg, Sweden, which got its name from the building’s resemblance to a Neo-gothic church. The unique building makes this place one of the most famous places to visit in Sweden, and apart from a fish market there is also a seafood restaurant here.