Published on abril 19th, 2011 | by Greta Alvarez1
Quinta Crespo Market. Freshness @ Downtown Caracas
WHAT: Quinta Crespo Market
WHERE: Av. Baralt. Esquina Quinta Crespo. Caracas, Venezuela
WHY: Buy Freshness!
Text by Greta Álvarez @Grets
Photos by Greta Álvarez and Lizandro Melean@Lizandro_Melean
Barcelona has La Botiquería, Budapest has the Central Market, and LA The Grand Market. These are a few examples of food markets with a high cultural importance and Venezuela also has one. El Mercado Quinta Crespo is the main historical market of Venezuela and is located on the south corner of La Avenida Baralt, in Downtown Caracas.
Interesting because of its huge variety of products and food and also kind of risky, because of the insecurity issue of the country. On my trip, a guard told me that if I wasn’t a journalist from the state TV channel (Venezolana de Televisión) I should asked for a permit to take pics. Even though I’m a journalist, this blog and my work as a coolhunter are totally unattached to politics. On the other hand, asking for a permit to catch the spontaneity of an image doesn’t have any sense. That’s why, without one, I managed to capture these photos.
If you compare this market with an ordinary one with A/C and shopping carts, you will quickly note that el Mercado Quinta Crespo has the greenest vegetables and the bests cheeses and meats in Caracas.
My recommendation is to buy a lot of fruits (and I mean a lot), then go around the fish section and have a look at the delicatessen corner, vendors will always give you samples for you to taste the different products they have for sale. Between other valuable things they have sausages, candies, and also some imported items. Because of its “popular” origin you won’t find anything gourmet in here.
It is open every day and it is the ideal place to go with family or friends at morning hours.