travel for food
Best Food Markets Around the World

One of the best things about traveling is discovering new food. In my mind, nothing beats eating authentic cuisine in the country where it originates. From hunting down the best tapas in Spain, to scouting out the best Thali in India, it’s all part of the experience. It is no surprise then that today ‘culinary travel’ is one of the fastest growing travel trends. It’s a trend that is being driven in part by the many food and drink festivals held all over the world, but also by the increasing popularity of local food markets. The wonderful thing about local food markets is that they offer both the opportunity to eat and buy locally grown produce, as well as the opportunity to immerse oneself in authentic local life. There are hundreds of food markets in many cities around the world  but we thought we’d tell you some of our favorites.

Chelsea Market

New York City, NY

Housed in a huge old biscuit factory and connected to the ever-popular High Line, you can sample such delights as a clam chowder at The Lobster Place or a good old American burger at Friedman’s Lunch.


Jemaa el Fna

Marrakech, Morocco

You must face your fears and grab one of the tables towards the center. It’s loud and chaotic but incredibly Moroccan, tea included.


Mercado Central

Santiago, Chile

In this bustling fish market you will find classic seafood lunches. The sites and sounds are very captivating.



Belem, Brazil

Situated on the riverside at Guajará Bay in Belém, Brazil, the speciality at this large and usually fairly busy market is fish with Acai.


La Boqueria Food Market

Barcelona, Spain

Located just off Las Ramblas, Barcelona, specialist stalls here sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to traditional dried jamon, olives, meats and seafoods.



Borough Market

London, UK

Here it is all about quality and provenance. You will find all sorts of produce and it is a favorite with everyone from amateur cooks to professional chefs.


Uzès Market

Provence, France

Held each Wednesday and Saturday morning, Uzes sprawls throughout the town’s cobbled streets where you will find cheese, olives, wine, fruits, herbs, bread and much more.



Kalenić Pijaca

Belgrade, Serbia

Located in Vračar, here you will find honey and vintage clothes alongside national delicacies, pickled cabbage and wild strawberry jam much of which is made and sold by elderly women who have been working at the market for years.



St.Lawrence Market

Toronto, Canada

Located in the Old Town district of Toronto, this too is a foodie’s heaven, whether you’re after a bite to eat, or on the hunt for some high quality, locally grown produce.



Campo de Fiori

Rome, Italy

One of the last and oldest food markets standing in Rome and very reliable source of organic produce. Can’t go wrong.


Written by Charlotte Rivers

By Published on Nov 23 2015