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. The market is only open in the mornings, and is at its most lively on Saturdays.