Top 7 Global Food Markets

Gourmet vacations are a rapidly growing travel and leisure trend and it’s not just top restaurants that holidaymakers are seeking out – food markets are increasingly popular places to go as foodies seek to satisfy their taste buds as well as their desire for travel. Here we look at 7 of the world’s top global food markets for travellers looking for vacation ideas that will expand their palettes as well as their minds.

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain

This bustling market, just off the famous La Rambla, is packed with local delicacies. A huge selection of hams has shoppers drooling over which ones to try, while bright displays of fruit and fresh juices look almost too good to eat.

Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria Barcelona Spain

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Grand Central Terminal Market, New York, USA

The market at Grand Central Station in New York has to be one of the most impressive food shopping destinations in the world. Visitors can take the time to gaze around the magnificent station before discovering the foodie gems offered by sellers of everything from gourmet take-out macaroni and cheese to artisan breads that just scream to be dipped in oil.

Grand Central Terminal Market New York USA

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Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

A hive of activity, this market is best known for its seafood offering, though plenty of other products are also available. Locals are fierce in their pursuit of the best goods, so don’t be shy about jumping in and joining in the bustle – it’s an essential part of the Rialto Market experience! Get there really early to enjoy watching the goods being unloaded from barges as the stallholders’ wares are floated up the river.

Rialto Market Venice Italy

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Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Singapore

Visit early in the day to enjoy this famous Singaporean market, which offers almost every imaginable kind of food to tantalise shoppers’ taste buds. From live snakes to turtles and frogs, the products on offer mean that this is not a market for those with delicate stomachs!

Kreta Ayer Wet Market Singapore

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Borough Market, London, England

Borough Market is London’s oldest market and can be incredibly crowded, but it’s worth jostling through the crowds to discover the delicacies that await you. Feast on luxury food items like oysters shucked right in front of you and be sure to try the mushroom pate. Leave enough room to visit the impressive cakes stalls too, which have an array of treats large enough to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

Borough Market London England

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Kauppatori, Helsinki, Finland

For an intriguing selection of meats, Kauppatori Market is not to be missed. Nibble on bear salami while browsing the reindeer and moose selection, before moving on to local delicacies like herring. Don’t miss the licorice-infused chocolate for a sweet way to end your visit.

Kauppatori Helsinki Finland

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Ver-o-peso, Belem, Brazil

For a true foodie adventure, it has to be Ver-o-peso. Packed with products sourced from deep within the Brazilian rainforest, this market is a treat for all the senses as you explore goods that are unheard of elsewhere in the world. Nibble strange fruit as you browse and be sure to pick up some of the local fish for dinner – you won’t recognize it, but it tastes delicious!

Ver o peso Belem Brazil

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Louise Taylor

Louise is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. She loves visiting new places and has a particular interest in exploring local cuisine wherever she travels. Louise has lived in the UK and Portugal and is currently considering where to base her next adventure. Follow her travels at http://www.movingtoportugal.org/