Food Markets around the World to Visit in Your Travels

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Food Markets around the World to Visit in Your Travels

Food Markets around the World to Visit in Your Travels

When I’m in a city that’s new to me, I try to go to the central market very early in my trip. I’ll go at 6 a.m., when people are shopping for businesses. You get to see what people buy and really eat. – Anthony Bourdain

Food markets are not the usual high on many tourists list of places to visit when traveling. But there are travelers who, either by design or happenstance, experience what farmers markets in cities they visit have to offer. Street or central markets are the best places to find fresh and affordable produce and a wide array of food that let you get the taste of the locals’ way of life. Here are some of the world’s best markets to visit worth adding to your travel bucket list.

Borough Market, London, England
Borough Market
Why go there: Oldest food market in London dating back to 1755, fresh market, locally-grown produce, wide range of delightful food for wholesale buyers and foodies alike, freshly made breads, hand-made cheeses

Castries Market, Castries, St. Lucia
Castries Market
Why go there: Dates back to 1894, a great place to find island spices like cinnamon, mace, and star anise; fresh tropical fruits and other produce, delicious dishes to try

Cours Saleya, Nice, France
Cours Saleya
Why go there: Flower and food market, a wide selection of locally grown and made products, walking distance from the sea, delicious croissants and sausages, several cafes and restaurants nearby

Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, San Francisco, USA
Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market
Why go there: Locally produced and organic food, fresh fruits, delicious breads and jams, artisan chocolates

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey
Grand Bazaar
Why go there: A massive place to find an extensive list of items that include local crafts, jewelries, rugs; delectable culinary treats such as the must-try Turkish delight, a wide selection of other Turkish snacks and food

Kauppatori, Helsinki, Finland
Why go there: Waterside market that offers a wide array of traditional Finnish treats, popular foods to try include salami (bear, moose, or reindeer), pickled herring, smoked salmon, chocolates, and more

Or Tor Kor Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Or Tor Kor Market
Why go there: Fresh fruits and other locally grown produce, seafood, curry pastes and spices, delightful treats, Thai dishes

St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada
St. Lawrence Market
Why go there: Farmers market that dates back to 1803, locally grown and seasonal organic produce, an extensive selection of fresh food and other food items

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan
Tsukiji Fish Market
Why go there: World’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market, one of the city’s top attractions, popular among locals and tourists, several shops outside where visitors can enjoy scrumptious meals of sushi, sashimi, and more

Union Square Greenmarket, New York City, USA
Union Square Greenmarket
Why go there: Outdoor market that offers a wide array of produce delivered straight from the farm, a wide array of cheeses and other items to choose from

Ver-o-Peso, Belém, Brazil
Ver-o-Peso
Why go there: Busy marketplace that sell fresh fishes and other seafood, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious food and treats to try