St Helier Market
The market in town, AKA Central Market- is not just a market to buy fresh local produce. It’s also well worth visiting for a wide variety of places to stop for a coffee and some great eating options.
Here are our top 5 ‘foodie’ reasons to visit the Market.
Owner Francisco- Paco- is from Valencia. So the paella is top-notch, and other Spanish dishes such as Roquetas de pollo- chicken croquettes- and bocadillo de calamares- fried calamari rolls are always good. They also have a food truck on the harbour near the old La Folie Inn.
Our first call for fruit and veg in the market. Bill, AKA @thegrumpygreengrocer, and his staff are helpful and knowledgeable, and the product is high quality. Of course, local produce features extensively, including Jersey Royals, strawberries in summer and broccoli. However, for adventurous cooks, there is always something interesting from further afield. Bhindi, Baby Aubergines, Alphonse Mangoes and Turban ‘Turks’ Squash are some of the produce available in season.
La Bouche is a casual dining restaurant right before the fountain, focusing on local organic produce with gluten, dairy free and imaginative vegan options like baked aubergine, sweet potato and tahini yoghurt. Hearty breakfast dishes will set you up for the day; our favourite is the kippers with poached egg and spinach.
Serving artisan bread and pastries since 1961 in Jersey. The traditional Jersey Cabbage Loaf is a local favourite. They have over 20 varieties of French Stick, and the doughnuts are the best on the island.
These are just a few of our food favourites in St Helier Market. There are bookshops, florists and much more we’ve omitted. One of the best parts of visiting a local market is exploring it yourself. And, for local seafood fans, the fish market is just down the road on Beresford Street.