Nishiki Market

Kyoto, Japan

In Kyoto, there is a market hall with beautiful stained glass ceilings that stretches on for six city blocks. Called the Nishiki Market, this place is a food lovers' paradise; row after row of the freshest Japanese produce, seafoods, meats, dried, bulk, and prepared foods you can find. Plus, there are pubs (izakaya) where you can have a few beers and pub snacks, takoyaki (fried octopus balls) stands, and so much more.I spent four days in Kyoto, and I went to this market three times just to look, and eat, and drink - I think I would move to Kyoto to be near this market!
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Bulk miso and sake
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Crabs and dried persimmons
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Tsukemono (Japanese pickles) and candies made from rice flour (mochi)
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Potato croquettes topped with okonomi sauce, mayonnaise, and pickled ginger, plus anchovies prepared in soy sauce & rice wine.

(Image: Kathryn Hill)

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