Odessa Privoz is one of largest bazaars within city, where you can buy natural farm products. This is a local market, but not a tourist area. Here are wide dairy products, a large selection of meat products, as well as vegetables and fruits. In addition, here located Odessa fish market, where sells a wide selection of fresh, smoked and dried fish. Some people think that Privoz is one of places to visit in the city.
The only attraction of the market is Fruit Passage. Built at the beginning of 20th century, the Passage represents traditional architectural form used to improve the market squares. Two rows of shops were covered with a glass roof, form a single architectural form. Passage building still contains elements of the original decor, despite the modern reconstruction. An interesting fact: back in 1905, this was the first location of newly formed Tairovsky Wine Institute in Odessa.
The Privoz market in Odessa Ukraine could be useful to those who going to try local natural products, as well as those who prefer to cook on their own. Privoz is a market mainly used by local locals, since here are many farm products at competitive price. Traditionally, on weekends, all prices rise slightly, as before any holidays. In addition, there is the so-called night market, farmers ending the trading day sell products at much lower prices.
Is it profitable to buy food here? Prices for basic products, especially fruits and vegetables, are much lower than in supermarkets. The same applies to any kind of fish. It is much more profitable to buy fish at the Odessa fish market, because it is fresh, but not frozen. You can be sure that all prices for different products vary depending on the season, holidays etc. To compare prices for 2020: meat 1kg\$7, apples – 1kg\$1, suluguni cheese – 1kg\$4.
Odessa privoz located not far from train station. It is easy to get to Privoz from the old city along Ekaterininskaya Street. This street starts from Ekaterininskaya Square and ends just near entrance to Privoz. Such a walk takes no more than 30 minutes by foot. In addition, you can get there by any transport going to train station from centre.
One should not think that Odessa Privoz is a pleasant place for visitors or an exquisite place. It’s a real bazaar, noisy and dirty, with lots of visitors, crowds and scammers.
In addition, sellers often cheat with weight of products. All locals know this, but they still go here because of cheapness of most products. Also, you should keep a purse with you, because swindlers can steal it in a large crowd.
If you speak English, no salesperson will understand you. Therefore, most convenient and correct way is to visit this place with a familiar locals, or if you speak Russian a little. If robbers notice that you are foreigner without escort, you can be robbed. However, if you are with a local, they probably will not risk doing it. Anyway, be careful and remember that bazaars in Ukraine are not the place for an easy and carefree walk.