Review: Fischmarkt is Back!

Are you looking to buy fresh fish? Can you hear the click of lobster claws crawling on ice? Do you have visions of swarthy men wearing waders holding up massive tuna with a jaunty air of salt water and sea breezes about them?

Well, Fischmarkt is not the place for you.

Despite its misleading name, there aren’t a lot of fish at the Fischmarkt except in gourmet burgers or as an accessory to a nice glass of white wine. Fischmarkt is instead a bustling market of great food, music and stalls selling everything from flowers to clothes to artisan water.

Last Sunday’s market, perfectly timed to coincide with some spectacular weather, was a bustling event. Crowds of people filled the Rhine promenade below the Tonhalle with bicycle parking spaces almost impossible to find. At times it was an eclectic mix with upmarket gourmet food stalls packed with punters enjoying their wine and cheese while being treated to a very enthusiastic band playing AC/DC covers a few stalls away. All, however, were clearly enjoying market atmosphere and fabulous Spring sunshine.

The Fischmarkt’s are held on the first Sunday of every month from 1100 – 1800. Get there early to avoid the crowds, or late to pick up a bargain or two. The next one will be held on 6 May.