Every self-respecting city must have a food market. So it’s true, in the case of Turin and Italian cities in general, the whole town is a huge food market – but in this case, it’s a massive concentration of food stalls, restaurants, bars, and shops, each of which is worth a look.
Even experienced food market enthusiasts claim that this is one of the best food markets in Italy and perhaps even on the entire continent. There are quite a few good options for lunch or dinner, and it doesn’t matter if you fancy pasta, oysters, meat, pizza, or ice cream for dessert. On the lower floor of the complex, there are many bars where you can drink beer or an aperitif, after or before the meal.
Some stalls sell local and excellent agricultural produce. If you are staying in an apartment and plan to cook a few meals for yourself during your visit, you should stock up on products from the market. Good tomatoes, fresh herbs, warm bread, and everything you need to lift an Italian meal to glory.
The market itself is covered, very clean (those who imagine an Italian version of the Carmel market are entirely wrong) and has seating, organized toilets, and even escalators for those who want to exert themselves as little as possible after all that food. The payment is for each stand separately at the time of ordering. Some places offer table service where you can order directly from the waiter.
Quite a few shows and performances take place there, so visiting the site – if you arrive at the right time – can be much more than an experience of delicious food and tasty smells. You can enjoy a show, see an exhibition or discover new music.
Access to the food market is quite convenient. It is located in the city center, not far from many other major attractions, and several bus lines stop right at the entrance to the place.
The market is open 364 days a year, every day of the week from eight in the morning until midnight, so you can have fun starting the day there and closing it there. The opening hours are different on the first floor, where all the bars are located. Monday through Wednesday, it’s open from 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. On Thursday and Friday, the opening hours are from 18:00 to 2:00 at night. Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 and Sunday from 12:00 to 1:00 at night.