There are more interesting ways to get your shopping done than going to a supermarket or a mall. In this list I’m going to introduce some of the markets of Málaga to you, both food markets and markets for everything else.
Since these places are bound to be crowded, be aware of pickpockets however!
Mercado de la Merced
The 22 stalls of the Mercado de la Merced offer you a variety of different foods and drinks. So nowadays it is less of a traditional food marketplace and more of a place to get tapas.
It is open daily from 07:00 to 20:00, except for Sundays on which it is closed.
Mercado Central de Atarazanas
What today is a market used to be a shipyard (hence the name: atarazanas means shipyard in arabic); years ago the sea reached much further into the city than it does today. Although the main entrance is the only piece remaining of that shipyard. It has been subject to various renovations over the years, the latest one from 2008 to April 2010, during which it has been completely closed.
They offer a variety of different produce, all fresh and for a good price. The Atarazana is a popular stop on food tours through Málaga. At the edge of the market a few bars sell tapas and drinks.
It is open from Monday until Saturday from 08:00 to 14:00.
Mercado del Carmen
According to locals, this is one of the best places in the city to get fish and seafood. Aside from being closed in 2010 for renovations the Mercado del Carmen has been the place to buy fresh fish for over 140 years. There are also tapas bar that offer amazing fried fish.
It is open from Monday until Saturday from 08:00 to 15:00.
Cortijo de Torres
The Cortijo de Torres is a flea market where you can find and buy all kinds of things, for very cheap prices. About 300 stalls offer their products.
It takes place every Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00.
Made in Soho
Soho, the “hipster part” of Málaga, host a arts and crafts street market called “Made in Soho”, which promotes the work of local artists. It unites leisure, culture and a dynamic vibe.
The market is happening on the first Saturdays of every month from 10:00 to 15:00.
Mercado de Salamanca
The Mercado de Salamanca was constructed from 1922 to 1925 and built in a neo-arabic style and offers food. It’s smaller than some of the markets on this list and is therefore less known as a tourist attraction.
Its opening hours are: Monday to Saturday 08:00 to 14:00, Mondays 16:00 to 19:00 and Tuesday to Friday 16:00 to 20:00.
Guadalhorce Organic Market
One of the pure organic markets Málaga has to offer is the Guadalhorce market.
It is open from 10:00 to 14:00 on the second Saturday of the month at La Malagueta and on the fourth Saturday of the month in Huelin.
If you are interested in doing a walking tour through Málaga you can also visit