Slow Fish Market

Stalls of fish, preserves, salts, spices and extra virgin olive oil; a kitchen brought to life by producers, fishers and chefs and pressed on by our expert “helmsmen”; and a fish auction Friday and Saturday afternoon at 5.30 p.m. Nothing goes to waste, either: any unsold products from the market will be turned into a delicious and affordable soup each evening.

These are the ingredients of the Slow Fish Market, which takes place in Piazzale Mandraccio, the large square on the seafront and a historic rendezvous point for Genoese and tourists alike.

This is your opportunity to meet producers in person, and take home some truly special products that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s salted, canned, dried or smoked, it’s all Slow Fish! Enrich your kitchen further with spices, salts, oils and other treats from Italy and abroad.

At the center of it all is the Slow Fish Kitchen, in collaboration with Iren, inspired by markets around the world where traders and cooks work side by side. In the Kitchen, chefs serve up their best fish dishes and producers present small tasting sessions of their goods. Beyond tasting, you can learn more about a wide range of preparation techniques: how do you salt anchovies? How are oysters farmed? How is botargo made? All this and more is yours to discover!

One of the most eagerly-anticipated moments of previous editions of Slow Fish returns: the fish auction, organized by Slow Food Liguria for Friday and Saturday afternoon at 5.30 p.m. This may be an unusual time for fishers and fishmongers, who are used to early morning auctions, but it’s certainly more suitable for our visitors. Don’t miss the chance to name your price for the finest freshly-caught local fish.

The Slow Fish Market is open every day from 10.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Entrance is free—tickets to buy food and drink are available at the entrance of the market.