Mercado de Abastos

Market in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago's food market is a fascinating, always lively scene, very clean, with masses of fresh produce from the seas and countryside attractively displayed at 300-odd stalls. Stock up on tetilla cheese, cured meats, sausage, fruit, empanada (pastry pie) or the tasty take-away dishes of Cocina María for a picnic.

Numerous bars and cafes line the street outside, and there are several more within the market itself, including a wine bar in the central alley. You can buy seafood or meat and have it cooked up on the spot for €5 per person at hugely popular Mariscomanía, though they don't do octopus or fish. The eastern side of the market is reserved for villagers and stallholders selling the produce of their orchards or vegetable gardens.