There is nothing quite like a bustling food market to awaken the senses. The sights, the sounds, the smells and the tastes – all amalgamating into an exciting slice of local culture and trade, unique to each market and well worth the visit.
In support of National Organic Month, we’ve listed a few of the world’s most renowned market treasures to give you a little inspiration for your next travelling adventure.
La Boqueria – Barcelona, Spain
No trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the infamous La Boqueria market. Situated off the famous La Rambla, La Boqueria has been trading goods for nearly 900 years. Though a far cry from its early days as a travelling market in the 13th century, this beautiful building with its vaulted roof and stained glass entrance arches, takes visitors on a gastronomic journey through Spain and beyond. Sample fine wine whilst revelling in the vendors’ best sales performances, or even take a class at the Boqueria Food School.
Khari Baoli – Delhi, India
Though technically a street in Delhi, Khari Baoli is now home to the largest wholesale spice market in Asia, proudly offering an impressive array of herbs, nuts, spices and various other local produce such as rice and tea. As one would expect from a spice market, the aroma is out of this world; as are all the fiery rich colours lined up side by side. A perfect opportunity for any budding photographer and of course, a great place to stock up on those curry essentials.
Greenmarket – New York City, U.S.A
The Greenmarket concept was first founded in 1976 to promote regional agriculture and give New Yorkers access to fresh, locally grown produce that wasn’t extortionately priced. Not just on one site either, but across numerous locations (more than 50 to be precise) dotted around New York City. The flagship Greenmarket can be found on Union Square, situated on the North and West sides of Union Square Park. Here you can browse the endless stalls of just-picked fruits and vegetables, farmstead cheeses, heritage meats, artisanal breads, fresh-cut flowers, wine and much more. In addition to shopping, visitors can watch or partake in cooking demonstrations or other special events.
Borough Market – London, England
Championing British produce and trade for near on a millennia, London’s Borough Market has played witness to the ongoing balancing act of supporting homegrown goods whilst embracing the exciting emergence of multicultural cuisine that now represents the British palate. Located right at the end of London Bridge, visitors can enjoy a traditional heckled grocery shop or a more gentrified meal in one of the many artisan cafes, bars and restaurants.