Top ten food markets around the world

Published March 19th, 2012

From chilli dogs in New York to sushi in Tokyo, sometimes the best part about travelling is the food you get to eat along the way – or is that just us? Well, if the way to your heart is through your stomach and you’d prefer to simply ‘eat, eat, eat’ rather than of ‘eat, pray love’ then you won’t want to miss these food markets from around the world.


Ferry Plaza Farmers Markets – San Francisco

With almost 250,000 visitors each week, the Ferry Plaza Famers Markets in San Francisco are beloved for their diversity and quality. From freshly picked Frog Hollow Farm peaches to shucked-to-order oysters, Ferry Plaza is a great place to shop as well as learn about food and the future of farming.



Grand Bazaar – Istanbul, Turkey
Dating back to the 15th century, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world. Amongst the 4000 shops selling antiques, gold and jewels are authentic food stalls and cafes where you can graze on donor kebabs, shepherd’s salad and stewed figs.


Selfridges Food Hall – Birmingham, UK

The Selfridges Food Hall is not your typical department store food hall. While there are the obvious boxes of chocolates, pastel macaroons and decadent cheeses, you will also find the incredibly rare; Syrian spices, truffled foie gras and marbled Japanese Wagyu beef, just to name a few.


Mercat De La Boqueria – Barcelona, Spain

The large public market of Mercat De La Boqueria is a popular tourist attraction within Barcelona that dates back to the 12th century. Amongst the market’s specialties are candied fruit, fresh shellfish, cured meats and an impressive variety of mushrooms.


Chandni Chowk – Old Delhi, India

An Old Delhi icon, Chandni Chowk is the busiest and oldest market within the walled city. Crowded and at times chaotic, the outdoor bazaar sells a range of traditional and authentic produce including tubs of paneer, sweets, legumes and spices.


La Merced Market- Mexico City, Mexico

The La Merced Market located within the historic centre of Mexico City is a popular landmark and a feast for the senses. Consisting of over 3,000 vendors, the traditional market sells an array of fragrant spices and produce such as dried chilli peppers, Oaxacan cheeses and wild mushrooms as well as ready to eat Mexican cuisine.


Marché des Enfants Rouges – Paris, France

Dating back to the 16th century, Marché des Enfants Rouges is the oldest food market in Paris. Located in Marais, the market is held in-doors behind a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it gate. Inside you’ll find typical fresh market produce as well as flowers, unique wines, French cheeses and exotic cuisine.


London_MarketsBorough Market – London, UK

London’s largest and most renowned food market, the Borough Market, is both a wholesale and retail market ideal for tourists with wandering tastebuds. Amongst the stalls you’ll find locally grown fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread, seafood, roasted meats, chocolate and ready-to-eat meals.


Chatuchak Weekend Market – Bangkok, Thailand

The Chatuchak Weekend Market, also known as the JJ Market, is one of the largest weekend markets in the world. With over 5000 stalls spread across 35 acres, the Chatuchak Weekend Market sells pretty much everything and anything including food. Don’t miss the fresh juices, papaya salad and green curry on offer.


Queen Victoria Market – Melbourne, Australia

Since 1878 the Queen Victoria Market has been supplying the city of Melbourne with freshly grown produce. Today the market features over 1,000 stalls selling everything from organic fruit to wheels of cheese, fresh seafood, Greek sweets and a range of antipasto.


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Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.