The food market is something which holds a country’s culture, food habits. It provides entertainments too. Every day many people come to the market to buy their everyday groceries. The market also tells what’s in season. Whenever we travel to a new place or country we should experience the local taste and a food market is the best place for that.
So let’s take a look some favourite food markets around the world.
La Boqueria, Barcelona
Located in the city’s popular pedestrian strip, Las Ramblas. Many say it’s the best food market. It can be a heaven for the food lovers. Colourful fruits, vegetables, fish, cured meat including highly prised sliced jamon ibérico; all you can get here. Don’t forget to pick up some Manchego Cheese, Marcona almonds and manzanilla olives. One advice…try to visit the market in the morning to beat the crowd. This historic market is there since the 13th century, now 250 vendors are there inside the iron framed hall.
Borough Market, London
Borough Market is London’s oldest market, dates back to more than 800 years. This popular market even published its own magazine ‘Market Life’. You can get anything and everything from the more than 100 stalls; cheese, confections, baked food, seafood, meat, fish, spices and this market also offers various dining options from Thai food to India cuisine. Not only that, this old place also proffers ethnic food like Balkan pastries, Spanish olive oil, Ethiopian spices and much more.
St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
St. Lawrence Market has been operated since 1803. It was redeveloped between the 1970s and 1980s. Once you are there don’t forget to try city’s signature peameal bacon sandwich, a thick slab of pork crusted in cornmeal in a Kaiser roll. You’ll get it from the Carousel Bakery. Saturday is the market day when local farmers gathered there. Enjoy the cooking classes, demos and guided tours around the market.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco
This market located in the historic Ferry Building in San Francisco. This is one of the best farmers’ markets in the world. It sells foods from fresh raw to prepared dishes. No doubt the products that sell here are the best quality. It provides the artisans the fresh food. It is designed in the tradition of classic public markets. This market is open three days a week; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
La Vucciria, Italy
La Vucciria may sit in the Italy but its atmosphere is more Middle Eastern than European. When the shoppers busy buying the stuff; musicians play drums and sing Arab ballads. This market offers various types of barbecued sausages and kebabs. Those who want to taste the authentic dish, try pane c’a meusa, a spleen sandwich which is sold almost every stall in the market.
Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Singapore
This is called wet market because it is regularly housed down for hygienic purposes. This Chinatown market is spotlessly clean. The varieties of food include turtle, eels, frogs and snakes to medicinal dried animal parts. Kreta Ayer also offers local items like Chinese herbal remedies and Asian vegetables like bok choy. Other local dishes include spicy noodle soup, Hainan chicken rice and chilli crab.
Cours Saleya, France
This market is best known for flowers but also sells fresh vegetables like plump red tomatoes, a Niçoise cooking essential. Vendors sell varieties of beautiful flowers, vegetables and fruits. Pigs’ ears and lambs’ testicles are also on the list. The market is always crowded and at night the whole market converts to a covered eating area creating a different atmosphere. Many cafés and seafood restaurants are there where you can stop to grab a delicious bite of local food.
Torvehallerne Market, Copenhagen
One of the best food markets and it has become a popular place in the capital city. Vendors sell both local and international foods like artisanal honey, organic sausage, red velvet cup cakes and olive oils. More than 80 vendors are there in the market and they sell fish and chips, sushi, beer and more. A French inspired poultry shop Ma Poule sells a local favourite, a duck confit sandwich.
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
It is one of the oldest and largest Bazaars in the world. It has more than 4,000 shops and every day these attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. The market is best known for its spices, antiques, jewellery, carpets and ceramics. It also sells varieties of foods including authentic Turkish dishes like Kara Mehmet Kebab Salou. This place is also home to many cafés and restaurants.
Kowloon City Wet Market, Hong Kong
Kowloon City market is located in a three-story building. The first two floors sell fresh foods; it is also known as the wet market as the sales of fresh meat and fish require frequent floor washing. The third floor is dedicated to food outlets. The market has 581 stalls and it is one of the Hong Kong’s largest markets. The market sells everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to dairy and bakeries.