Pryvoz Market

Coordinates: 46°28′11″N 30°43′57″E / 46.46972°N 30.73250°E / 46.46972; 30.73250
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46°28′11″N 30°43′57″E / 46.46972°N 30.73250°E / 46.46972; 30.73250

Pryvoz Market
Pryvoz Market

The famous Pryvoz Market, located at 14 Pryvozna Street, is the largest food market in Odesa, Ukraine.[1][2][3]

Vendor at Pryvoz Market


Pryvoz began in 1827, with wares sold from the back of horse-driven carts.[4] The market was a large area where carts with goods that were sold at the local bazaar stopped. The place was a rather dirty, unpaved area, without capital buildings. Until the mid-1860s, the wheeler-dealers did not pay a market fee. Also, there was no own institution of measures and weights as in the ordinary market of those times.[5]

Pryvoz adjoined the Stary (old) bazaar (also called the Volny (free) market), the first bazaar in Odesa.

The market was burned[by whom?] due to the outbreak of the plague and rebuilt in 1902.[6] In 1904, the only architectural monument was built here - the Fruit Passage. Designed by the famous city architect Fedir Nesturkh, the Passage featured covered shopping galleries with arched entrances.[7]

In 2007 a meat and fish corps appeared, after which a shopping center called "New Pryvoz" was built. As of 2021 the Odesa market is being restored and modified again, but it still does not lose its color and remains a place where they not only sell and buy, but also exchange the latest news.[8]


In the 1940s zoo animals were moved from the Odesa zoo to Simferopol. Four-year-old elephant Murza (Мурза) escaped. It ran to the fruit section of the Pryvoz Market and ate several apples, pulled out pickled cucumbers from a barrel, and tasted some fresh cabbage and dried fruits. Murza was caught and returned to the zoo. A popular Soviet comedy film, Striped Trip was inspired by this incident.[9]

In the 20s of the XX century, Pryvoz was led by the famous fraudster Jacob Pireman. One say he bought this post for a considerable bribe. Having become the head of the market, Pireman imposed a personal tribute to all merchants, and he also took hundreds of thousands of budget rubles to reconstruct the market and stole them. When Pireman's scam was uncovered, he was tried and shot. But one say that before the arrest, he hid a treasure - gold coins and diamonds on Pryvoz.


A western journalist explained his visit to the market:

I headed over to Pryvoz Market, which is sort of like a cross between a department store on the one hand and a recycling center on the other. There's caviar, shoes, accessories, food, perfume, toiletries, things like that. And then there are the guys selling things like rusty old tools laid out on moth-eaten blankets. Or the old school five and a quarter inch floppy disk drives. There's even somebody selling wheels, just wheels, including a matching set of three that were obviously taken from a perambulator at some point.[10]

Pryvoz was also mentioned in The Odesa Tales of Isaac Babel.

Moi sieur Jason, you are as scary as Monya the Artellerist firing out of two guns. I'd rather go to aunt Pece at Pryvoz and would buy a glass of sunflower seeds as you painfully interestingly 'goutareetye'.


  1. ^ Karakina, Yelena; Tatyana Samoilova; Anna Ishchenko (2004). Touring Odessa. BDRUK. ISBN 966-8137-01-9. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. p. 18
  2. ^ "Ukrainian Opposition MP Calls For Probe into Odessa Scandals". BBC Monitoring International Reports. November 6, 2002.
  3. ^ Schemann, Serge (October 26, 1991). "Odessa Journal; They Laugh Now, but Then Didn't They Always?": 2. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Historical information". (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2004-02-08. Retrieved 2006-09-05.
  5. ^ Voitko, Anna (2015). "All the secrets of the Odessa market "Privoz"" (in Russian). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Voitko, Anna (2015). "All the secrets of the Odessa market "Privoz"" (in Russian). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ "The oldest city market". 2020.
  8. ^ "Privoz" (in Russian). 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021. В 2007 году появились мясной и рыбный корпуса, после чего был построен торговый центр под названием «Новый привоз» Сейчас одесский рынок снова реставрируют и видоизменяют, но он все равно не теряет своего колорита и остается местом, где не только продают и покупают, но и обмениваются последними новостями..
  9. ^ "Odessa Sightseeing". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2006-09-05.
  10. ^ Nyad, Diana; Jared Manasek (September 21, 2002). "Attempts to recreate a movie scene in Odessa". Savvy Traveler (NPR).

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