Great food markets around the world

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  1. Wandering Aramean
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    I love a good food market. The produce is (usually) fresh and there are lots of different local options to choose from as you look to immerse yourself in the local culture. Even in the less-than-tourist-friendly market in Georgetown, Guyana I managed to find some good Indian food for a lunch-time snack.

    So what are your favorites around the world? Here are a few of mine....
     
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    La Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain
    It is not huge but that works in its favor. The crowd and the bustle are great (keep your wallet/purse guarded) and the food is hard to beat. Fantastic place for picking up all the makings of a picnic lunch as you walk down Las Ramblas towards the waterfront.

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    Mercado Municipal, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    More or less in the center of the city, this market has been serving locals and tourists alike for almost 80 years. The market houses stalls selling produce, meats, cheeses, booze, seafood and more barcalao than I've seen nearly anywhere outside of Europe. It also has sandwich shops on the ground floor and a collection of full-service restaurants upstairs on the mezzanine. Truly something available for everyone there.


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    It was pretty awesome. Some more photos and such here.
     
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    Stabroek Market, Georgetown, Guyana
    Actually not really on my favorites list, but I have some fun photos and I wanted to share them. This market is split with stalls both inside and out. The inside ones include a number of stalls that are not food-related, selling things like shoes, clothing and other sundries. They also have a number of butchers (halal, naturally, owing to the large Muslim, South Asian population in town) and a few Indian restaurants that serve up pretty darn good food. Apparently walking around through the space is not the smartest thing to do as a white guy traveling through the area solo, but I only found out that tidbit after surviving it without even the appearance of anything resembling an incident, so maybe that advice should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, given the relative dearth of things to do in town it is a pretty good way to spend 30-60 minutes (more if you stop to eat). Read a bit more here.

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    Cleveland's Westside Market is the best old school market I've been to in the states.

     
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    In the SF Bay Area two of my favorites are
    1) The Saturday Market in the historic Ferry Building
    2) The Sunday Market by the Marin Civic Center (Frank Lloyd Wright architect)
     
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    Borough Market, London UK

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    Rungis is Paris is my choice. It is gigantic and industrial but simply magnificent
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    Many things are perfectly labeled there, after all it is industrial

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    And all imaginable fruits and vegetables in profusion
    Their website have enourmous detail:
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    I do not know if this is the largest food market, but it must rank close to the top if it is not. There are lots of excellent and fairly cheap restaurants in and around Rungis. It is an excellent tourist destination, so long as the tourist don't mind arriving around 03:00 when it is beginning to run at full speed.
     
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    The Tokyo fish market surely belongs on the list.

    Also, if you're not squeemish, the old food market in Guangzhou (Canton). It's an experience!
     
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    Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

    Indeed, it does. Tsukiji is pretty amazing.

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    There's lots more to it than just the tuna, but experiencing the tuna auction was definitely an awesome experience (so much so that I went back a second morning for it!).
     
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    There are smaller outdoor fish markets in Marseilles on the east side of Vieux Port and on the pier in Bergen. I haven't tried it recently, but it used to be possible to buy your own fish at the market and have a nearby restaurant cook it for you.
     
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    when i read your post, this was the first one that came to my mind...
     
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    Great thread. I always inquire for the location of markets when I'm in a new town.
     
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    Urban market: Grand Central market, downtown Los Angeles:

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    Long-gone but remembered market from the late 1980s: FJ's Supermarket in the super-exclusive Blackhawk development in Danville CA - the store had black marble floors, gold-plated shopping carts, each with cordless phone, and a grand piano with player next to the deli :)
     
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    Chelsea Market in NYC
     
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    I'm not as convinced on this one. Maybe it is because I live next door and it is my regular grocery 90% of the time, but it doesn't have nearly the variety or vibrancy as some of these other markets. It really seems more of a strip mall than a market to me. Don't get me wrong - I like a number of the shops in it - but it just doesn't have the same size or impact as some of the other markets. No competition amongst vendors (a couple very small overlaps in specific categories between two shops if you're lucky) and the crowds seem to be there less for shopping and more for looking around. I'm a bit meh on it as one of the "greats" from around the world. I'd put the Union Square Green Market soundly ahead of it for a true market experience; I'll have to dig up some of those photos to share.
     
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    I like Munich's Viktualienmarkt. It's not as big as some of the ones mentioned so it won't have the range of food. But the deli and cheese stalls are brilliant.
     
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    I liked the Östermalmshallen food market in Stockholm, Sweden. It had some really fresh seafood, and other cooked food options.
     
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    Union Square Greenmarket (near my apartment) in New York and the Mercato Centrale in Florence.
     
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    The Pescheria (fish market) in Venice is an interesting contrast to the rest of the city, and a great source of a reasonably priced dinner if you have an apartment.
     
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    I was just there last month and kept thinking that I needed to go back to Venice and stay in an apartment rather than a hotel so I'd have a kitchen and could shop at the market
     
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    One of my favourites is the one in the street behind Soi Cowboy in Bangkok, just outside the Tai Pan hotel. Great charcoal BBQ meat (they tried to disuade me from the 'pigs insides' the first time!) and a really friendly operator. No pics but give it a go.
     
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    And this may be an obvious one, but the Granville Island Public Market in Vancouver is awesome as well. If you're from the US, you can get access to some Asian- or European-exclusive items, like certain produce or back bacon.
     
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