Green markets in Osijek or as we say „pijace“ (Hungarian: piac) are urban spaces that are one of the first places to awake in the morning and where many of our fellow citizens love to start their day with a cup of coffee and shopping for fresh food from their well-known vendors. At several places in the city there are green markets and the „main one“ in the Trg Ljudevita Gaja Square is the most elaborate one.
GREEN MARKET IN THE UPPER TOWN (GORNJI GRAD)
Market in the city centre in Gaj’s Square is also known as the „main“ („glavna“) or „large“ market. In the market you can find cottage cheese with sour cream (sir i vrhnje, typical for the region), various cheeses, fresh eggs, fresh and smoked meat and meat products like Slavonian ham and sausages, freshwater and saltwater fish, homemade bakery products, bakeries, homemade preparations of herbs and spices for food such as red paprika which is the main ingredient in almost all of our traditional dishes, cut and fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables such as watermelons, winter stores, wooden household items and souvenirs and in December here you can buy a Christmas tree.
In one section of the market it is possible to buy shoes and clothes and in the area around the market there are several small cafés and fast food restaurants. Especially interesting are stands with local products of verified family farms. Stands of these sellers are specially marked to ensure you that the purchased products are really „homemade“ („domaći“). Additional safety in high product quality provide products from „certified farmers“ with products from villages in the city’s countryside.
„Green Thursday“ (Zeleni Četvrtak) is a project that provides customers with option to purchase products of proven quality with tastings and examples of the preparation of interesting and healthy dishes based on fruit and vegetables.
Market is opened from 7am to 7pm, and on Sundays and holidays from 7am to 1pm.
GREEN MARKET IN THE LOWER TOWN (DONJI GRAD)
With the same products available at the „main green market“, the one in Trg bana Josipa Jelačića Square offers a somewhat „rustic“ approach to customers due to the fact that the Lower town (Donji grad) lives a little slower, family pace than the Upper Town (Gornji grad). After purchasing „grincajg“ (German: Grün zeug: mixed vegetables) for Sunday lunch soup don't forget to visit the cake shop „Slasta“ that's full of the finest local cakes and cookies, the nearby cake shop “Orijent” or have a coffee cocktail “Maria Theresia” in the café „Jelačić“.
Market opens at 7am and closes at 4pm and on Sundays and holidays it works from 7am to 1pm.