For any first timers to Uruguay’s capital of Montevideo, being in town on the weekend really ought to be considered. This is when, every Sunday, Tristán Narvaja Street in the gritty Cordón neighbourhood comes alive with a market that spans around seven blocks – spilling into every side street it crosses.
Starting at around 7 am at Avenida 18 de Julio, Feria de Tristán Narvaja would have to be the busiest place in town – with locals and tourists immersing themselves in the colour, bustle and enormous variety of goods that are on offer at this dynamic street market.
Feria de Tristán Narvaja began its days back in 1909 as a simple fresh produce market. This didn’t last long as it quickly grew and began offering a whole lot more than the fruits and vegetables it started out with.
Meats, seafood, small goods, cheese and traditional pastries fill crates and benchtops – all of which are very well priced.
You can also find many fresh and dried herbs and spices, kitchenware like wooden boards, rolling pins and spoons and some stunning copper pots, skillets and ladles.
The further you walk, the more you discover. Aside from food-related items, there’s quite a bit of music – cd’s, records and cassette tapes – to sift through.
Pre-loved books, antiques, vintage collectables, old tools and machinery, pets, furniture – it simply doesn’t end.
So much to buy. So much to see.
Feria de Tristán Narvaja, Calle Tristán Narvaja; every Sunday 7 am to 4 pm