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El Mercado de la Ribera, Bilbao

10 Calle Diputación
Tel: 34 94 416 9127's insider take:

Bilbao's El Mercado de la Ribera is the country's largest wholesale produce market, and although it's worth a visit just to take in the sheer spectacle, it's not the most practical place for a visitor to shop. For a much more manageable experience, head to this jewel of a food store (adjacent to a pintxos bar of the same name), which stocks an excellent and carefully selected array of gourmet items. Our favorite choices: dark chocolate from Barcelona chocolatier Xavier Mor, and late-harvest txakoli from the wonderful Itsas Mendi winery.

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