Fresh fish from the Ligurian Sea, fresh fruit and exotic spices: on the trail of old flavours …

Few can withstand the charm of markets and stands! And in Genoa the opportunities to lose yourself among the stalls of the colourful local markets are numerous. The city offers many covered and open spaces where every day tasty things of every type can be purchased. The best known is the Mercato Orientale in Via XX Settembre with stalls selling spices of every type and origin, dried and exotic fruit, Genoese focaccia just out of the oven and fresh fish from the Ligurian Sea as well as very colourful flowers. Not to be missed is the Mercato del Carmine, restored in 2013. It bases its principles on the philosophy of “Good, Clean and Right”: high quality fresh fruit and vegetables chosen according to the season, gastro-cultural laboratories and an area devoted to simple and natural catering privileging humble fish, the poor parts of cows, recipes and traditional flavours to be tasted there, in the attractive little kiosks.

It is well worth making a visit to the new “0 km” Fish Market, at the Old Harbour: you can choose the day’s fish directly purchasing it from fishermen at an advantageous price thus sustaining informed and responsible consumption. Between Piazza Banchi and the Old Harbour, following the wake of aromas and scents you find Sottoripa, one of the oldest streets with porticoes in Italy, full of typical shops, restaurants and frying places. Walking under the arcaded portico your mind can easily fly with the imagination to the times when commodities were unloaded from sailing ships coming from every part of the Mediterranean … keep calm, this too is part of the charm of Genoa.