Sample Welsh cakes still warm from the pan, choose tonight’s dinner from a superb range of butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers or shop for everything from rugs to watches when you make your way around the 100+ stalls in the superb Swansea Market.
Swansea Market is the largest covered market in Wales and one of the largest in the UK. The current building dates back to 1961, although there has been a market area of some description on this site since the Middle Ages. Do your weekly shopping here or simply stop in for a walk around to join the crowds and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of one of Wales’ most traditional and vibrant retail hubs.
If you’re looking for locally sourced food to cook up a tasty dinner you’ll find everything you need under the market’s shiny roof. The friendly butchers close to the Quadrant entrance are happy to advise on the best way to cook that succulent leg of lamb, marinated chicken or matured beef, while in the centre of the market you’ll find several fishmongers working from a central, round table. Go local and buy a pot of cockles and laverbread. Follow your nose across the market floor to the bakeries, where the scents of freshly made bread and sweet welsh cakes on the girdle are too tempting to resist.
If you don’t fancy cooking then stop in one of the many eateries dotted around the market. Choose between a hearty roast meal, traditional cafes selling all day breakfasts or an excellent Thai restaurant.
Once you’ve had your fill, shop for unique souvenirs in some of the other of the market stalls. You’ll find everything from leather good and rugs to watches and electronic items tucked away down the market’s many aisles.
Swansea Market is open six days a week through the year and seven in the month leading up to Christmas. The market is just around the corner from the Quadrant Shopping Centre and bus station and has four entrances.