In this booth, there is much variety : srdel (sardins), barbùn (red mullet), list (dover sole or common sole), skuse (mackerel), Skusa (atlantic mackerel), racici (shrimps) and a lot of other items. In another booth, there were Ugor (fangtooth murray). I would like to have tasted it but we were not to go "home" until late evening and it would not have kept well for such a long time, owing to the temperature. Too bad !
No other fish market in Istria can compete with Pula. It has all sorts of fish and seafood, and everything is of the highest freshness. Here there are brancin (sea perch) and dagnje (mussels). In the middle of the picture, there are various fish that are tasty but full of bones and good for fish soup.
What to buy: Fish and sea food
This picture gives a close up on the steel work of the city market and more specifically on the delicately designed balustrade of the first floor. It may not be the original one as the style looks more recent and might be 1920-1930.
A representation (it seems to be a photography) of the outside of the market in 1903, upon its opening, has been displayed in a round brass frame. Since then there has been only minor changes on the overall aspect of the building.
Probably on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the building of the city market, a decor picturing a female customer from the 1900 period has been displayed. She does not wear any hat, which means she is not a lady as it would have been very inappropriate for a lady to go out with hair showing ! She, then must be the maid of a wealthy family !
What to buy: Any food
A dozen bars and cafeterias mostly use the upper level of the city market. A powerful system of air extraction can be seen on the picture and ensures the renewal of the air and a mean temperature, even in full summer.
What to buy: A drink !
I had found elsewhere (in Morocco and in Spain for example) that it was possible to find easily in supermarkets goods that were otherwise difficult to find when you don't know well enough the country and don't know where to go for a something a little specific.
Plane trees grow in most of the Mediterranean countries and provide a very pleasant shade for markets, for cafes or just for anybody. However, they do not grow everywhere. They don't care for heat but need a lot of water. When plane trees grow, that means that water is not far under the surface of the soil.
At one end of the market are a few booth that sell plants and flowers. Why are they shaded by a "Ozujsko pivo" (Ozujsko beer) parasol is a mistery. Unless these plants are sprinkled with beer ! (which is adviced for some broad leaves indoor plants).
When it was built, the city market hosted all foods. Along the time, as everywhere else, it became too small and now fruits and vegetables providers are outside, under large plane-trees that give a thick shade and keep the place cool, even in full Summer.
The black marble plate says (in Italian) : "Built by the city in 1903, beeing in charge Lodovico Rizzi, ingeneer, Jacopo Lodovico Münz, the ironwork from the plant in Witkowitz" (the translation may need some editing !).
Nota : Vitkovice (or Witkowitz) is now in the Czech republic. The Witkowitz ironworks were bought by Salomon von Rothschild in 1843.
The city market of Pula belongs to this generation of covered markets built all over Europe at the turn of the XIXth century with an iron structure. "Les Halles de Paris", now destroyed, were of the same type.
What to buy: Any food
The fish market like the outdoor fruit and vegetable market seemed to contain only local fresh fish.
The fish market is indoors next to the outdoor produce market.
What to buy: FISH
What to pay: cheap