One of the best ways to get to know a city or a region is through its food. Getting a glimpse into a food culture can be as simple as visiting the local farmers’ market. Farmers’ markets are providing some of the freshest produce, meat, and dairy to cities and towns across the globe. Many large cities have world-famous markets, hard-to-find products, and an energy all of their own. Food Tank highlights 10 of the best farmers’ markets to add to your must-visit list.
Borough Market: London, England
The Borough Market can trace its history back to the 11th century, when traders would gather around London Bridge to sell their goods. Today, the historic market ensures high quality produce through a panel that regularly inspects over 100 stalls and street food vendors. As a fully independent market, its focus is on building a community atmosphere where education and entrepreneurship thrive.
Cours Saleya: Nice, France
Meat lovers, rejoice. This crowded market sells items like pigs’ ears and heads alongside flowers and vegetables. At night the space is transformed into a covered eating area, anchored with Thérèsa, a griddle pancake hot spot. Other options include the many cafes and seafood restaurants that line the market . It’s a Niçois cooking must.
Ferry Building Market: San Francisco, California
The current public market opened in 1898 in the footprint of the old Ferry House. People come from all over the surrounding area to get a taste of San Francisco. This market is easily accessible via public transportation, and offers artisanal quality cuisine. The Ferry Building Market also houses the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market three days a week in addition to the public market, which is open seven days a week.
Kreata Ayer Wet Market: Singapore
Known for its cleanliness, this market, located in Singapore’s Chinatown, is the place to find Asian specialties. For the adventurous, a traditional fermented egg can be a good snack; but for those who are a little more cautious, there are plenty of noodle and rice dishes to be savored at the upstairs dining area. Chinese herbal remedies abound here.
La Boqueria: Barcelona, Spain
Arguably one the world’s most famous markets, La Boqueria has a dizzying array of offerings. Everything from seafood to meat to dried fruit and olives can be found in this historic market. Tiny counters and small shops line the crowded walkways of this indoor market. Interested in learning traditional Spanish recipes? La Boqueria offers classes taught by chefs and sommeliers.
St. Lawrence Market: Toronto, Canada
Spread out in three buildings is the expansive St. Lawrence Market. These buildings have many stories to tell: fires, floods, and prisoners being housed in the basement. St. Lawrence saw it all. Shoppers can find antiques, baked goods, and fruit all in one location. Fresh game, like venison, is popular here.
Tsukiji Fish Market: Tokyo, Japan
This market has the distinction of being the world’s busiest fish market. Daily tuna auctions start promptly at 5am for a select 120 visitors. Fishmongers, chefs, and lucky patrons sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis to be a part of this unique experience. Another unique experience at Tsukiji is the sushi breakfast. In the wee small hours of the morning, long lines form outside some of the best sushi stalls in the world.
Ver-o-peso: Belem, Brazil
Belem is a medium-sized city at the mouth of the Amazon that holds its own in the food scene. Ver-o-peso is a whirlwind of a street market, brimming with acai berries, fish, and fruits. Few of its goods can be found outside this market because they are sourced from Brazilian forests.
Viktualienmarkt: Munich, Germany
Southern Germany is known for its rich culinary traditions, and Viktualienmarkt is no different. The market is known for its diversity and exotic ingredients that are hard to find in the surrounding area. Its quality meats and proximity to public transportation make this market a go-to for many city residents.
Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market: Sedgefield, South Africa
Thrifty shoppers and eco-minded shoppers will delight in the Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market. Organic produce is sold below retail produce. Wild Oats takes its commitment to the environment seriously by using recyclable containers for ready-to-go food, sourcing seasonal produce, and encouraging farmers to bring a reasonable supply to cut down on food waste.