Posted by: viewfromtheriva | November 15, 2013

Split’s Fish Market, an everyday adventure


The inside of the century old fish market building is where the best quality fish are

The inside of the century old fish market–where the best quality fish are

We find ourselves in the Split Fish Market two or three times a week.  It’s one of those essential parts of life that we cherish here and are glad that we never truly take for granted.

The market is actually two markets–a century-old, light-filled indoor emporium that’s home to higher quality fish mongers who showcase their catch of the day on slabs of marble or limestone and an outdoor covered open-air space filled with a more raucous group of day sellers who set up shop on makeshift metal tables.

you can have your fish filleted to order at the inside market

you can have your fish filleted to order at the inside market

We usually start outdoors where the focus is on smaller fish like tril, sardines, gavuni, various kinds of shrimp, mol, eels, baby squid, octopus and much, much, more.

everyday, another catch!

everyday, another catch!

Since we have two cats now, and sardines can be had for as little as $2 a kilo, they are less expensive than store-bought canned catfood! Lucky cats! Then we head inside to check out the shellfish–mussels are a real treat, and are also very inexpensive, also sometimes as low as 10kn a kilo!

oytsters, mussels and more!

oysters, mussels and more!

The fish inside are larger and Natasha, a Russian whose love for fish is legendary, can look into the eye of any fish, open a gill and sniff like an ancient mariner.  So I just let her go at it and of course, we enjoy fabulous fish every time.  As do the cats of course!

Locals can't get enough of squid, which quicjly becomes great calmari

Locals can’t get enough of squid, which quicjly becomes great calmari

We come so often that like our friends in the Green Market, the folks who sell mussels, inchuni and other sea critters we like, welcome us and proudly display their catch of the day.  The market is also a place to get some interesting specialty food like salted anchovies and marinated fish,  which are hand-packed, ready to go or you can ask for your own order.

The salted fish lady is happy to give you a sample!

The salted fish lady is happy to give you a sample!

Some days the place is packed, other days, just a handful of sellers and people.  But every day is a new experience that we always look forward to!

And aren't these interesting looking?  Needle fish, a bluefish that tastes like anchovies before they get salted--delicate, sweet and only a center bone!

And aren’t these interesting looking? Needle fish, a bluefish that tastes like anchovies before they get salted–delicate, sweet and only a center bone!

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  1. I am uber jealous, yours is better than ours in Zadar. I want to try that yummy looking salty fish now also…

    • Next time you come, let me know and I’ll show you Split, salty fish and all!


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