Andrew’s Top 15 Food Markets Around the World
MontrealThis Art Deco-style market building from the 1930s houses 2 floors of artisanal delicatessens, cheese shops, chocolatiers and florists alongside dozens of fresh produce stands. My favorite is La Fromagerie Atwater, the cheese shop of your dreams with more than 750 varieties.
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Noryangjin Fish Market
SeoulThis giant indoor fish market is the largest and oldest market in Seoul. It has more than 700 stalls and a mind-boggling array of exotic species -- stingrays, ribbonfish, sea squirts, they have it all. The best part is you can buy a fish, have it fileted in front of you and cooked at a nearby restaurant.
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ParisWalking through Paris’ largest open-air market is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Beyond the fresh produce, wheels of fresh cheese and mounds of cured sausage, I must seek out the stands serving roasted chicken, which are spit turned and served with carrots and potatoes, and the Middle Eastern bread makers.
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Mercado de Abastos
OaxacaOaxaca’s central market is a food lover’s dream, where the air smells of fresh cilantro, chiles and the best tamales you’ll ever eat. For only a couple pesos, you must try the handmade tamales and tlayudas served street-side by Zapotec grandmas.
Djemaa el Fna
MarrakechLocated in the city’s main square, Djemaa el Fna is a lively cultural spectacle. I love the cumin-spiked, pit-roasted whole lamb, and with a glass of mint tea, it’s definitely in my top 5 favorite market meals. Plus, the people watching can’t be beat -- acrobats, Dutch hippies, Berber musicians, German tour groups, herbalists, Japanese sightseers, snake charmers, American trustafarians, hawkers, hustlers, grifters and conmen are all resident entertainers.
BangkokThis is a working market for wholesalers, and although it has a gritty reputation, a trip here is an adventure worth having. Make a pit stop at one of the stalls hawking Cantonese egg noodle soup, served with wontons, greens and roast pork.
BarcelonaBarcelona’s main market is one Europe’s most famous and oldest food markets. You could easily kill an afternoon perusing the aisles of fresh seafood, produce, Iberico ham, dried peppers and spices. Work up an appetite and end your visit at Bar Pinotxo, a tiny tapas bar, for pil-pil razor clams.
Portland, ORThis is a locavore’s heaven, with hundreds of farmers, vintners, foragers and grab-and-go food stands. Some of the city’s most iconic restaurants started as small stands at this market, including Pine State Biscuits, known for their fried chicken, gravy, egg and biscuit sandwich.
Madison, WIOn the Capitol building steps, this farmers’ market is the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country -- that means everything for sale is grown or raised by the person behind the table. In addition to great fruits and vegetables, this market has an abundance of one-of-a-kind Wisconsin-style cheese.
New OrleansThe shining stars of this great city farmers’ market are the plethora of fresh Gulf Coast seafood, crayfish, bayou rice, alongside award-winning pies, hot tamales and artisan cheese.
San DiegoIt’s only natural that Southern California is home to one of the country’s biggest and best farmers’ markets, with its ideal climate and long growing season. Hillcrest is the king of San Diego’s market scene, with more than 100 official vendors selling flowers, produce, seafood and prepared foods, and about 100 more unofficial vendors. Head to Poppa’s Fresh Fish Company stand for sea urchin ceviche, served in its own shell -- it’s incredible.