20 Of The World’s Most Famous Food Markets
- Amphawa Floating Market - Samut Songkhram, ThailandAmphawa Floating Market - Samut Songkhram, Thailand
- Mercedo de San Miguel - Madrid, SpainMercedo de San Miguel - Madrid, Spain
- Keelung Miaokou Night Market - Keelung, TaiwanKeelung Miaokou Night Market - Keelung, Taiwan
- Mercato Centrale - Florence, ItalyMercato Centrale - Florence, Italy
- Pike Place Market - Seattle, United StatesPike Place Market - Seattle, United States
- Queen Victoria Market - Melbourne, AustraliaQueen Victoria Market - Melbourne, Australia
- Tsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo, JapanTsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo, Japan
- Marché des Enfants Rouges - Paris, France.Marché des Enfants Rouges - Paris, France.
- Old Airport Road Food Center - SingaporeOld Airport Road Food Center - Singapore
- La Boqueria - Barcelona, SpainLa Boqueria - Barcelona, Spain
- Time Out Market Lisboa - Lisbon, PortugalTime Out Market Lisboa - Lisbon, Portugal
- Gwangjang Market - Seoul, KoreaGwangjang Market - Seoul, Korea
- Viktualienmarkt - Munich, GermanyViktualienmarkt - Munich, Germany
- Torvehallerne - Copenhagen, DenmarkTorvehallerne - Copenhagen, Denmark
- Borough Market - London, EnglandBorough Market - London, England
- Jemaa el-Fna - Marrakesh, MoroccoJemaa el-Fna - Marrakesh, Morocco
- St. Lawrence Market - Toronto, CanadaSt. Lawrence Market - Toronto, Canada
- Central Market Hall / Nagycsarnok - Budapest, HungaryCentral Market Hall / Nagycsarnok - Budapest, Hungary
- Ferry Plaza Farmers Market - San Francisco, USAFerry Plaza Farmers Market - San Francisco, USA
- Östermalms Saluhall - Stockholm, SwedenÖstermalms Saluhall - Stockholm, Sweden
A day at the food market is always a day well spent, be it in Tokyo or Budapest. Here are 20 of the world’s most famous, celebrating the craft of skilled artisans and the flavours of local cuisine.
The moment you step foot into a food market, your eyes are drawn every which way, bewildered by the spread of food around you. Between the vibrant hues of fresh fruit and vegetables, the deafening orchestra of orders and conversations, and the irresistible aromas wafting through, a trip to the markets truly awaken the epicurean within each and every one of us–and that’s before we even get to dig into the feast of food we’ve come for.
Get your bucket lists ready–we’ve rounded up 20 food you have to visit from around the world.
Amphawa Floating Market - Samut Songkhram, Thailand
Located just under 90 minutes away from Bangkok, the Amphawa Floating Market is an absolute must-see. Though Thailand has many other floating markets, Amphawa continues to draw local visitors–a great sign that you’re in for some authentic Thai eats. Watch in awe as the seasoned vendors glide across the river, precariously grilling fresh seafood for hungry crowds.
Mercedo de San Miguel - Madrid, Spain
Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel is an absolute dream for fans of tapas and wine. Graze through the market’s gourmet eats from Iberian ham to Galician octopus, and complete the journey with a glass (or two, or three) of Spain’s best wines.
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Keelung Miaokou Night Market - Keelung, Taiwan
The Miakou Night Market is a vibrant celebration of Taiwan’s diverse cuisine and is popular amongst both locals and tourists. With over 200 food stalls to choose from, the market features both traditional Taiwanese delicacies and newer, more mainstream dishes. Plus, the market stays open well past midnight, perfect for a post-bar feast.
Mercato Centrale - Florence, Italy
Though Mercato Centrale has now expanded to Rome, Milan, and Turin, they first debuted in the beautiful city of Florence. Born as an initiative to champion local, artisanal talent, the market boasts some of Tuscany’s top culinary offerings. Find everything you need for your next meal, be it fresh truffles or meat from skilfully bred pigs, or pop in for some pizza, pasta, and other delicious eats.
Pike Place Market - Seattle, United States
Pike Place is one of the United States’ oldest and most popular markets, famously home to the first-ever Starbucks Coffee shop. Today, the market remains ever-popular, bringing some of Seattle’s freshest seafood and best clam chowder, a must-try at the market.
Queen Victoria Market - Melbourne, Australia
Situated in Melbourne’s towering CBD, Queen Victoria Market is a one-stop-shop for gourmands seeking the best ingredients. Between the rows of fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, quality meat and seafood, and many more, the market brims with culinary inspiration. Its summer and winter night markets are another must, embodying the city’s diverse community through cuisines from all around the world.
Tsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo, Japan
The closure of Tsukiji’s central wholesale market truly marked the end of an era. First opening its doors in 1935, Tsukiji grew to be a household name for its beautiful fresh fish. Much to the delight of locals and future visitors, its retail outlets and sushi restaurants are still standing, brimming with the freshest picks from the sea.
Marché des Enfants Rouges - Paris, France.
Established in 1628, Marché des Enfants Rouges is Paris’s oldest market hall, yet it continues to be one of the city’s most popular. Whether you’re in search of a quick bite at an Italian deli or irresistible bakes from the boulangerie, a trip to Marché des Enfants Rouges is always a great idea.
Old Airport Road Food Center - Singapore
With a different hawker centre at every turn, Old Airport Road Food Centre has some serious competition. Yet after nearly four decades since opening, it continues to win the hearts and stomachs of Singaporeans with delectable roast char siu, hokkien mee, and other flavoursome favourites.
La Boqueria - Barcelona, Spain
La Boqueria has become one of Barcelona’s biggest tourist spots for its diverse range of quality goods and iconic entryway. Visitors are spoilt for choice with fresh produce, gourmet meats and cheese, and many stalls with dishes to snack on as you shop.
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Time Out Market Lisboa - Lisbon, Portugal
Situated within the Mercado da Ribeira, Time Out Market Lisboa brings together some of Lisbon's most prized eats, including Portuguese croquettes, indulgent pasteis de nata, and tinned bacalhau and pulpo for you to take home. Following the market’s immense success, Time Out even opened markets in Miami, New York, Boston, Montreal, Chicago and most recently Dubai, with more to follow.
Gwangjang Market - Seoul, Korea
Feast your eyes and palates on vibrant Korean street food at Gwangjang Market. The Seoul attraction is a thorough celebration of Korean cuisine, featuring tteok-bokki, gimbap, and many other essential eats.
Viktualienmarkt - Munich, Germany
Fruits and vegetables, spiced sausages, and German wine: you’ll find it all at Munich’s Viktualienmarkt. Located in the centre of the city, the market also offers beautiful sights of historical statues and fountains, making it a popular tourist stop.
Torvehallerne - Copenhagen, Denmark
Torvehallerne is home to a farmer’s market, local butcheries, bottle shops, and restaurant stalls of various cuisines. Spread between minimalist glasshouses and an outdoor space with unobstructed views of Copenhagen, a day spent at Torvehallerne is as delicious as it is gorgeous.
Borough Market - London, England
Borough Market is London’s largest, oldest, and most popular food market. The foodie destination showcases artisanal goods by talented epicures, which you can bring home enjoy on-site.
Jemaa el-Fna - Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh’s Jemaa el-Fna is a bustling plaza housing a vibrant marketplace. Beyond snake charmers and poets, the square is also rich with grilled meats, sausages, and fried fish.
St. Lawrence Market - Toronto, Canada
Once hailed the world’s best food market by National Geographic, St Lawrence Market is a true Toronto treasure. With bagels, lobster rolls, and a decadent spread of sweets, you’ll want to carve out quite a bit of time to explore everything they have to offer.
Central Market Hall / Nagycsarnok - Budapest, Hungary
Central Market Hall (Nagycsarnok) is the oldest and largest food hall in Budapest, Hungary. As the city’s culinary centre, you'll find everything from gourmet salami to popular Hungarian snacks and even unique Tokaj wine.
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market - San Francisco, USA
The Ferry Building Marketplace and the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market humbly spotlights the craft of independent food businesses in and around San Francisco. Its spread of quality produce draws in nearly 40,000 every week, including some of the city’s best-known chefs.
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Östermalms Saluhall - Stockholm, Sweden
A mere 10-minute walk from Stockholm’s centre, Östermalms Saluhall is a true gourmand’s paradise. Get acquainted with some of Sweden’s tasty cuisine like fried herring with mashed potatoes and lingonberries, or enjoy an afternoon fika (coffee break) and have a kardemummabullar (cardamom bun).