10 of the Most Delicious Food Halls in America
In these hallowed halls, variety is the spice of life.
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Melrose Market (Seattle)
La Centrale Food Hall (Miami)
Grand Central Market (Los Angeles)
Opened in 1917, Grand Central Market is a Los Angeles institution. Spread across its 30,000-square-foot arcade is everything from a traditional Latin grocery to an authentic Berlin currywurst spot. Sure, you can buy your week's worth of fruits and vegetables here, but as of the last few years, you'll also find some of LA's hippest food purveyors, including sandwich-focused Eggslut, modern Jewish delicatessen Wexler's Deli, falafel emporium Madcapra and more.
Great Northern Food Hall (New York)
New York City is home to tons of amazing food halls, but Great Northern Food Hall, tucked inside bustling Grand Central Terminal, stands out for its focus on New Nordic cuisine. Masterminded by Danish restaurateur and magnate Claus Meyer, Great Northern is all about simple, farm-to-table cuisine by way of Scandinavia. Think hearty, open-faced beef tartare sandwiches on dark, rye-based smorrebrod bread, and braided kanelsnurr pastries studded with cinnamon, sugar and cardamon.
Ponce City Market (Atlanta)
The Barn (Lexington, Ky.)
In the heart of The Summit at Fritz Farm—a massive retail-and-residential development that opened in 2017 just a few miles southwest of downtown Lexington—is The Barn, Kentucky's first-ever artisanal food hall. More than two dozen vendors have since set up shop, including Atomic Ramen from MasterChef contestant Dan Wu (try the refreshing cold ramen drizzled with a lemon-spiked mayo and sesame dressing) and craft ice cream shop Crank & Boom (go for a tangy scoop of the Kentucky blackberry and buttermilk flavor).
Oxbow Public Market (Napa, Calif.)
Fareground (Austin, Texas)
Fareground, Austin's first-ever food hall, only just opened in January 2018, but it's already one of the hottest food destinations in town. The options here are dizzying, from Henbit (the breakfast burrito, kolache and klobasnek destination from owners of downtown Austin's Emmer & Rye) to Dai Due Taqueria (from hyper-seasonal and sustainable taco specialists Jesse Griffiths and chef Gabe Erales) to an outpost of can't-miss cheese emporium Antonelli's Cheese Shop. It doesn't hurt that the space itself, designed by famed Austin-based architect Michael Hsu, is drop-dead gorgeous.
Findlay Market (Cincinnati)
Findlay Market has served Cincinnati for more than 160 years, making it the oldest public market in the state of Ohio. Between the fresh produce stalls you'll find cheesemongers, butchers and prepared food specialists slinging their goods. Don't leave without sampling some goetta, the city's iconic pork-and-oat sausage patty.