Bilbao’s Mercado de la Ribera

The first morning of our visit, Matt and Ely took us to a market bursting with Saturday shoppers. The modern and streamlined Mercado de la Ribera has to be the cleanest market I’ve been to in Spain. The next thing I noticed was the sharp smell of seafood, a main attraction in a town so near the Bay of Biscay.

Even against stormy skies, the stained glass storefront was brilliant

Basques like spicy food, so there were plenty of piquant peppers to choose from

The fish and seafood options stretched on and on

“Basque cake”

The products were listed in both Spanish and Basque above each stall

These crabs were alive and kickin’

Don’t forget your “Eskerrik asko,” or “Thank you”!

Staring down from the second floor

So, what did we make with the mussels and shrimp that we bought at Ribera Market?

That oh-so traditional Basque dish, paella!

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  1. Ok I’m super jealous! We should get together and you can tell me all about your trip. It looks amazing!

    • Cassandra

      Thank you! And yes, I agree that we should meet up soon and catch up on everything. Perhaps after Thanksgiving?

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