New Foodie Treats at Wonder Food Market in Costa Adeje

Mon, January 19th, 2015 - By Linda

Gourmet food markets are trending all over Spain, including the Canary Islands. Recently we’ve read about markets in Gran Canaria, Los Cristianos and La Laguna, and happily, the latest is sited in Costa Adeje. To be honest, if you live in Tenerife, you tend to stay away from the busy tourist areas, and in this blog we like to tell you about places with local flavour which you might not find otherwise, but having called into Wonder Food Market in Costa Adeje this week I am sure I will be in this, particular area more often.


Wonder Food Market in Costa Adeje


You can’t miss the huge sign with flashing pictures of the tempting dishes on offer, which straddles the side of Commercial Centre El Duque. It’s also right across the street from the Thursday/Saturday market, so a great place to chill out after some serious shopping. Alternatively, if you go on any other day of the week, the market site has free parking. The Centre itself has reasonably priced subterranean parking too (free on Sundays) if you come from afar. Though it’s a pleasant walk from Playa de las Americas.

After visiting similar markets in Madrid, local entrepreneur, Juan Jose, decided that it was high time South Tenerife had something similar. It opened unofficially on Christmas Day, but is still a work in progress, and the official opening will be in February. Right now there are 29 stalls open, but there will be 42 when it reaches full capacity.


Wonder Food Market in Costa Adeje


The market occupies the upper floor of the shopping centre. At one end is a colourful children’s play area, and the stalls are arranged at the other with some seating. In the centre of the space is a spacious and airy, larger seating area. When completed the layout will be slightly different from today with those extra stalls, larger bar area, WIFI, and a non-smoking zone.


Wonder Food Market in Costa Adeje


Juan Jose and the team are committed to making this an upmarket enterprise, and each stall is allowed a maximum of five dishes, all of which are rigorously approved beforehand by prestigious local chef Pablo Pastor. Off the top of my head I spotted sushi, Iberian foods, fried specialities, paella & seafood, gourmet burgers (including minis and sliders) chicken, cod, Thai, grilled meats, pizzas, cheeses, crêpes, omelettes, beer, wine, cakes, and gourmet coffee. As the name suggests, the intention is to feature international foods. This the answer if you want Italian and your significant other wants Thai!


Wonder Food Market in Costa Adeje


I walked around three times, trying to decide what to try, stopping at every stall to drink in the sights and smells. In the end I decided on a pulled pork sandwich simply because I know of nowhere else in Tenerife where you find this. I can report that it was delicious, which it should be after marinating for twenty hours. I enjoyed it so much that I went back to get a pastrami sandwich to take away – something else not to be found on the island before.

Future plans include transport from hotels on non-market days, cookery schools and live music, so I think I am going to enjoy going back to check on progress pretty frequently!

Wonder Food Market is open every day from midday to midnight; the market and El Duque Commercial Centre are to be found on Avenida Bruselas in Costa Adeje. My sandwich was 9 Euros, not cheap, perhaps, but just laden with meat and worth it, glass of a good quality Tenerife wine cost me three Euros fifty, but there are cheaper options.

Posted : Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 12:13 pm
Category : food and drink
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