Genoa’s Mercato Orientale – “Eastern Market” is a large and covered food market located in Via XX Settembre, Genoa’s main street.
Its strategic position make the Mercato Orientale a very special market, the most important and popular of the city, appreciated not only by the genoeses but also by the italian and foreign tourists.
The Mercato Orientale was born in 1899 and its history is linked to the Church of “Nostra Signora della Consolazione”, that was built in 1684 and to the attached friary, whose construction started in 1699. The friary would have been a great project, but it has never been completed. So it was used to house not only the friars but also little workshops. In this way a space that was built for a sacred use, became a space for profane activities.
Two centuries later Genoa’s municipality decided that the structure had to be completed and become the permanent center of a market.
The mercato is a food lover’s paradise. Entering the market you have the opportunity to see local people in action in their every day life. That’s why we. as local people, suggest to have a tour at this colorful place when coming to Genoa.
You are captured by a smell of fresh focaccia and you notice various cheese stalls, meat stalls, bakeries, shops that sell handmade pasta, fresh fish, fruits and vegetables in season. The shopkeepers are friendly and they love to explain the origin of their products and the best way to cook them with simple and tasty recipes.
But, I think the best way to tell you about this market are through some pictures…they speak for themsleves! Don’t they?