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Booths overflowing with beautiful foods, intoxicating aromas of spices and savory foods, merchants enthusiastically shouting over the crowds to sell their wares – these are just a few of the joys of visiting the food markets around the world.
With so many markets to explore, I thought it might be a good idea to check in with YOU, food lovers from around the world, and discover your favorite food markets – both small and large.
The following are just a few of your favorites! Look for more here on Taste Of The Place over the next weeks.
Until then, 8 of your favorite must visit food markets around the world…
Bangkok’s Khlong Lat Mayom
Bangkok, Thailand is known for its floating markets, some of which have become very touristy. The Khlong Lat Mayom, on the other hand, remains mostly off the tour routes. Located on the outskirts of the Thonburi district, it is serene and beautiful, and a great choice for fresh produce, or food cooked right on the boat.
Open Saturdays and Sundays | bangkok.com/magazine/khlong-lat-mayom.htm
Kyoto’s Nishiki Market
I couldn’t possibly describe this market better than the gentleman who suggested it – “[At the market] vegetables stacked in their perfect arrangements still glistened from their thorough pre-dawn washing and polishing. And the fish, too, were shiny, and their eyes shined. It wasn’t just the plenitude of food, but that it was a painstakingly eye-pleasing plenitude. Everything was meant to look as good as it tasted.”
Located in downtown Kyoto, Japan, and sometimes called Kyoto’s pantry, the market is stocked with traditional Kyoto ingredients, tea, seafood, and to-go foods.
Open daily | insidekyoto.com/nishiki-market-downtown-kyoto
Amsterdam’s Farmer’s Market on Noordermarkt
This organic market is located in the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam, and features local produce, cheeses of every kind, fresh herbs, baked goods, and seafood. But the specialty of the market is its wild mushrooms, harvested from Dutch forests and other nearby areas.
Open Saturdays | amsterdam.info/markets/noordermarkt
For an overview of several of the Amsterdam markets, visit kitchenjourneys.net/2012/02/market-forces
London’s Borough Market
If you’re in London, then this classic market is a must! Borough Market, located next to the London Bridge Tube Station, has been around in one form or another for around 1,000 years. Its stalls overflow with cheeses, meats, produce, baked goods, and picnic supplies of every variety.
Open Monday through Saturday | boroughmarket.org.uk
The Middle East
Tbilisi’s Dezerter Bazaar
As a fan of this Georgian market says, “it pretty much sums up Georgians: hardworking, chaotic, and optimistic.” Located near the Tbilisi Central Railway Station, it is one of the city’s largest markets, and an ideal location for finding fresh and dried fruit, veggies, meat, fish, eggs, and spices.
The story goes that it became known as the Dezerter Bazaar in the 1920s, because it was the place where deserting soldiers sold their weapons and equipment.
The United States
Rochester Public Market
The Rochester Public Market, located in the Northeast quadrant of the city of Rochester, NY, has been in operation for over 100 years. With over 300 vendors on the busiest days, you will find fresh produce, ethnic delicacies, specialty merchandise, and local goodies.
Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays | cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket
Seattle’s Pike Place Market
Established in 1907 just east of downtown Seattle’s waterfront, the Pike Place Market is always overflowing with fresh produce, artisan goods, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and restaurants of every type. If you visit, be sure to stop by the fish stalls to watch the famous fish mongers toss their flying fish!
Open daily | pikeplacemarket.org
Washington DC’s Eastern Market
Located in the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, this market has been a community fixture for well over 100 years. It is a fantastic location for finding fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, meats, cheeses, deli products, and even artisan arts and crafts.
Open Tuesdays through Sundays | easternmarket-dc.org
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