A great way to experience Uruguay’s cuisine is by visiting some of its food markets, which are not only beautiful, but also a perfect option for satisfying every whim with numerous dishes to choose from. These are the top indoor and outdoor food markets to visit in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Since its opening in 2017, Mercado Ferrando has become one of the most popular new markets in Montevideo. It was built in an old furniture factory and combines gourmet restaurants with a few food-related stores. What’s especially interesting is its table sharing concept, which is unusual in Uruguay. For food, they offer a lot more variety than in Mercado del Puerto. Apart from asado, you can find burgers, pasta, salads, and international cuisine like tacos, paella, poke bowls, and much more. The most important advice for visitors is to go with enough time and be patient—just remember: in Uruguay, when a place is crowded, it’s usually worth it.
Degusto is a well-known gastronomic festival held in Montevideo several times a year. Each time, it takes place in a different location as a way to bring different food traditions to different neighborhoods. Held in parks throughout the city, each iteration attracts lots of people eager to try food from as many foodtrucks as possible, which sell burgers, beer, arepas, ice cream, cakes, and all types of artisanal products.
This is a festival focused not only on food, but also on art, music, and fashion. Which means visitors can enjoy delicious burgers, beer, salads, pies, and more, while listening to an acoustic live show, shopping for clothes, or just enjoying a sunny afternoon in the park. Held in a different location each time, Montevideo Pop Up is like a massive picnic where people stay for hours, enjoying all the good things in life in just one place.
This is the most specialized of all the food markets, since it focuses exclusively on organic, vegetarian, vegan meals, and healthy food in general. Camino Verde is like a paradise for conscious eaters, people interested in healthy lifestyle and products, or anyone who loves trying new dishes. Camino Verde takes place several times a year and offers a wide variety of food to choose from, along with healthy shops and stalls with all types on natural ingredients. It also offers healthy cooking lessons that everyone can take advantage of.