Borough Market in London has been around since the 13th century, and is a must for the serious food lover. The market contains over 100 stalls where vendors hawk everything from fruits and vegetables, to oysters from cold British waters, cheese from regional farms, and internationally sourced oils, spices, and olives.
At the Space Apart Hotel in London’s Hyde Park neighborhood, each hotel room is a fully furnished apartment complete with a kitchen. Each kitchen comes equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, cooking utensils, and ‘a two-ring hob’ – that's British speak for a double burner stovetop, according to the hotel.
Space Apart Hotel is a 30-minute trip on the subway from Borough Market.
Rates: £140 to £190 for a studio per night.
New York City has many options for food markets. There's no better place in New York to find inspiration for your next meal than the Union Square Greenmarket, held year-round every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The city's best chefs come here for produce, dairy, and meat grown and raised by local farmers. It's not uncommon to be purchasing vegetables directly from the person who grew them, so it's a terrific forum to learn more about an unfamiliar ingredient or have a friendly chat with a farmer.
Chelsea Market is also worth a visit. Open for over a century, Chelsea Market is brimming with prepared foods. Visit The Cleaver Co. for meats, Amy’s Bread for crusty loaves of bread, and produce from Manhattan Fruit Exchange. For those who don’t feel like cooking, the market provides a moveable feast from Thai to American. Staying at a nearby hotel with a kitchen means visitors can heat up their leftovers.
The Union Square Greenmarket is a 15-minute subway ride from Candlewood Suites in Times Square, where all of the suites have kitchenettes with the necessary cooking equipment like stovetop, microwave, dishwasher and refrigerator plus cookware. The Hyatt 48 Lex offers kitchenettes in its regular rooms and full kitchens in its suites.
Rates: Candlewood Suites: $200 to $300 per night.
Rates: Hyatt 48 Lex: Suites: $450 per night.
Every arrondisement in Paris has its own food markets, so it's possible to visit a different market every day of the week. Arguably one of the best open-air markets in Paris is the Bastille Open-Air Food Market held every Sunday and Thursday. Arrive early to Boulevard Richard Lenoir to get your hands on the best ingredients for your Parisian feast along with clothing, soaps, and jewelry.
The market features over 200 sellers and sells nearly every type of herbs, seasonal produce and meats like cardoon, mushrooms, and game, fish like sea bass and sole, and cheese. Be sure to visit Ferme de la Brie for farm-made brie, goat cheese and more, Taranga for curries, Poissonerie Maria for fish, and Bar & Harengs which sells 30 types of marinated herrings.
The studio flats of Le 300 hotel in Paris contain kitchenettes with stovetops, microwaves, refrigerators and cookware. Best of all, the hotel is a short walk to Place de la Bastille, where the market is held bi-weekly.
Rates: Starts at $137 per night
Northern California is home to a plethora of local and seasonal cuisine, and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco is a haven for the region's farmers and artisanal food producers. Here you'll find cheese from European-style cheeseshop Cowgirl Creamery, fresh baked breads, local fish and oysters, and the freshest organic produce. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the market is at its height on Saturdays when locals and regional chefs mingle while shopping for produce and fish.
Located along the Bay in San Francisco, The Suites at Fisherman's Wharf is a centrally-located spot to enjoy your Northern Californian feast, and a short trip (under 30-minute trolley ride) to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Each of the all-suite hotel’s accommodations comes with a fully equipped kitchen.
Rates: Starts at $160 per night.
The St. Lawrence Market is reason enough to plan a trip to Toronto. For over 200 years, the St. Lawrence Market has sold produce, meats, and other culinary delights. The market is divided into three buildings, The South Market, the North Market, and St. Lawrence Hall, which houses retail businesses.
Visit the lower levels of the South Market building on Tuesday to Saturday to choose from over 120 vendors for produce, meat, dairy and baked goods. The North Market is only open on weekends. Every Saturday farmers gather from Southern Ontario to sell seasonal produce at the North Market and on Sunday the area gives way to antique dealers.
One King West Hotel is less than a 10-minute walk from the St. Lawrence Market, and all rooms contain kitchenettes with a mini fridge, microwave, dishwasher, dishware and utensils. Make sure to specify in your reservation that you would like a stovetop, as some rooms do not have them. Pots and pans are available upon request.
Rates: Starts at $150 to $350 per night.
The sight of thousands of pounds of seafood awaits in Tokyo. The Tsukiji Market consists of both an outside market and an indoor wholesale seafood market. If you plan ahead, you can apply to visit Tsukiji Market’s famous tuna auctions in the early morning, then step outside to purchase some fresh fish for a sashimi tasting in the comfort of your hotel room.
The kitchens may be cozy at the Citadines Apart Hotel, but they are well-equipped enough to make a meal from your market bounty. Each hotel room includes a kitchen with small stovetop, microwave, toaster, cutting board, utensils, and pots. The hotel is about a 45-minute subway trip from the Tsukiji Market.
Rates: Starts at $150 for a studio twin or double suite.
The Crescent City Farmers Market is a group of food markets that take place throughout the week at various locations in New Orleans. Every Saturday the market is held in the Warehouse District, and brings together local farmers, fishermen, bakers, and chefs. In addition to the plethora of fresh food available for the wandering cook, the Saturday market includes live music and cooking demonstrations.
The Homewood Suites by Hilton is a short 10-minute stroll from the Crescent City Farmers Market. Expect a kitchen with granite countertop in each suite along with a full-sized refrigerator, two-burner stove, microwave and utensils. The hotel is also a few blocks from the French Quarter and other New Orleans attractions.
Rates: Starts at $180 per night.
Over 100-years-old, the Mercado de San Miguel is an historic landmark at the center of Madrid. The market contains 33 vendors who sell Spanish meat, cheese, and produce. You'll also find a few tapas bars and a bookstore selling Spanish cookbooks for inspiration.
The Room Mate Laura Hotel is less than a 10 minute walk from the Mercado de San Miguel. You'll have to specify that you want a studio with a kitchen, but the central location of the hotel makes it worth the extra fee.
Rates: Starts at $130 per night.