The city’s second-most visited site after the Cathedral, the “Mercado de Abastos” is a place for shopping and for admiring.MERCADO DE ABASTOS Rúa das Ameas (no number) T: 981 583 438 www.mercadodeabastosdesantiago.com OPEN: From Monday to Saturday, in the morning/early afternoon. The busiest time is between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm, with the most people Thursday and Saturday.
Apart from admiring its architecture and visiting its stands featuring molluscs, fish, meat, cheeses and vegetables recently brought from the sea and the farm, visitors can also:
No. 5 is the Food Market building devoted to restaurants. Inside there are several businesses with bars and central tables with stools, where you can eat their dishes. It is open from Monday to Saturday, from 11.30 am to 5 pm. Building 5 features a wide range of dishes. Pulpería Abastos serves the best octopus. Casa Millán specialises in traditional, homemade Galician food. Taberna Abastos is a Japanese restaurant featuring tapas and gourmet wok. Frebas defines itself as the countryside brought to the kitchen, while in A Ostrería they are seafood experts. Amoado is characterised by its traditional cuisine based on “filloas” (Galician crepes) with a personal touch. For a small percentage of the price of your shopping, the Market’s bar (Marisco Manía) will cook the produce acquired in the Market while you wait, enabling you to enjoy all their freshness in situ.
The “Mercado de Abastos” features innovative services and conveniences that make it a real example of good practices, in the integration of modernity into a highly traditional market:
• Online orders and telephone orders. Home delivery by the Food Market itself, within a 15-km radius.
• Delivery to anywhere in Spain except the Canary Islands.
• Shopper: for customers that want to buy from a distance and do not mind in which establishment, the shopper will do their shopping following their preferences.
• Home delivery.
• Left luggage, vacuum packaging machine.
• “Aula Gastrocultural” (Gastro-Cultural Hall), which hosts events, courses, presentations… It is also available for renting.
• Viñoteca do Mercado, a shop where you can taste and buy Galician wines, open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2.30 pm and Saturday until 3.30 pm.
Every day, Abastos 2.0, the Galician tavern located in the outer part of the market, selects the best fresh delicacies available in the Food Market to offer than as “cociña miúda” (small-size cuisine or tapas) or as part of its menu (prior booking), which starts at 30 euros.
Furthermore, thanks to the activity of the food market itself, other restaurants have opened nearby in Rúa das Ameas and Praza de Santo Agostiño, making the area a meeting place for residents and tourists alike: La Radio de Pepe Solla, A Lonxa do Mercado, Lume, O Ghalpón de Abastos, El Hispano, Café de Altamira, Casa Pepe, La Sucursal de Moha, etc.