It’s easy to shop at your local grocery store, right? But when you’re exploring the world, these food markets are where you should really go to grab a scrumptious bite.
Floating Market, Bangkok
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is heaven for those who want to experience what it’s like to live and eat and as a Thai.
You can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables at this floating stall, as well as pick up something for breakfast. Coconut pancakes and rice dishes with meat are favourites here.
Market tip: Go early to get ahead of the tourist crowds, and the heat and humidity. If you’re a market first-timer, book yourself on a tour.
Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo
As much of a tourist event as a market, the Tsukiji Fish Market is one of Tokyo’s most popular attractions and many flock here in the early morning to see the fish mongers at work and to glimpse the famed tuna and fish auctions.
Ensure that you pick up your own serving of tuna sashimi here as well – probably the freshest you’ll ever get!
Market tip: Wear closed shoes (no thongs, sandals) when visiting this market, otherwise you won’t be let in.
Mercado Central, Santiago
Food in Chile is exquisite and Santiago’s famed fish market is fantastic for breakfast or lunch. Open to the public since 1872, this market is situated under a mesmerising wrought-iron roof and the seafood here is incredibly fresh.
Market tip: The restaurants around the perimeter of the market will be less ‘touristy’ than the ones located near the centre.
St. Lawrence Market, Toronto
Local Canadians know that St. Lawrence is the prime place in Toronto to pick up fresh meat, vegetables, breads and other organic foods. What makes it so good here? Well, the market has been open since 1803 and features over 100 foodie vendors, all of whom want your business.
Market tip: Cooking and preparation classes run regularly at St. Lawrence – great if you’re a wannabe chef!
La Boqueria Sant Josep, Barcelona
An array of amazing food rests inside this vibrant market in one of Spain’s most eclectic cities.
Once a pig market in medieval times, today’s scene offers some of the most delicious sea food, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, eggs and cured meats in town. Small gourmet restaurants are also popular here, so come in early to make sure you get a spot.
Market tip: Bring your camera – the colourful fruit and veggie displays make for great snaps! Beware or pickpockets too.
Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Chandni Chowk-Delhi-food-markets-topEven if you don’t buy anything at the busiest market in Delhi, it’s still worth a visit just to be part of the atmosphere and experience. Chandni Chowk has been around since the 17th Century, making it the oldest market in the city.
Food-wise you can get anything at Chandni Chowk, from dried fruits and spices, to fresh meats and street food (though be warned – there are no OHS standards here).
Market tip: Make sure you take cash if you want to buy something, and always check your change.
Market Square, Helsinki
Fresh flowers, fresh fish, fresh pastries! You can’t go wrong at the ‘Kauppatori’ in the centre of Helsinki.
Fish like salmon and herring are favourites here and can you can purchase plenty of hot dishes to eat on the spot, in addition to fresh produce and other handcrafts. The Herring market kicks off in early 10/here.
Market tip: Watch out for the seagulls; they’re very sneaky and will often steal your food!
Borough Market, London
Head down to London’s oldest food market and you’ll find loads of fresh food, from hand-made sausages and cured meats to delicious cakes to fresh seafood and cheeses.
The Lunchtime Market is ideal if you prefer your meals ready to eat! You can sample a variety of delicious foods, including Balkan pastries, hand-crafted pastas, goat wraps and even Ethiopian curries.
Market tip: If you’re looking to buy produce, head there about 8-9am to beat the crowds. If you’re going for lunch, aim to arrive around 11am or slightly later.