Mercado del Puerto (Port Market)
Mercado del Puerto © Phil Whitehouse
Montevideo's historic port market is a lively affair, which takes place under a vast wrought-iron structure reminiscent of old European railway stations. Since 1868 it has been a hive of trading activity, and today is also the venue for some of the city's finest seafood eateries and steakhouses. Full of colour and life, it is a great place for people-watching, exploring the labyrinthine alleys crammed with stalls, watching buskers and entertainers, and generally imbibing the atmosphere of the city.