In most Dalmatian towns the market is a sight for sore eyes, and Zadar´s is one of the biggest and best. It´s been here since the Middle Ages, but the large open space dates back to WWII, when many buildings were flattened in this part of town.

Some around the edge of the square are only just being reconstructed. The outside stalls are where you´ll find mouthwatering displays of fruit, vegetables, fresh herbs and more... all locally grown and bursting with flavour. Little old ladies (bakice) also sell their home made olive oil, rakija and cheese – usually far better than the shop-bought equivalent. 

The indoor meat market is to one side of the square, and the fish market is opposite, coolly located inside the city walls. Proud locals claim it´s the best fish market on the Dalmatian coast. Buy bags of fresh sardines outside for 10kn. To one side is a section of the market for cheap clothes and bric-a-brac, great if you need an emergency pair of flip-flops or a cheap snorkel. The whole complex is perfect for hours of fun with browsing, bargaining and banter. The best time to visit the market would be from 06:00-13:00 h. Market prices per kilo and they vary according to season and availability: apples 5-10kn, bananas 6-7knm, oranges 8-10kn, dried figs 30-52kn, potatoes 10kn, tomatoes 10-15kn, peppers 15kn, sardines 10kn / bag, zuna 50kn, mussels 12kn, squid 60-100kn, prawns 60-100kn ...