The Top 10 Outdoor Food Markets

National Geographic

Do you make it a point to visit farmer's markets or outdoor food markets when in a new city? If so, then you may want to add these 10 food markets to your list, ranked as the best in the world by National Geographic.

The Best Food Markets in the World

1. St. Lawrence, Toronto, Canada: "More than 120 retailers dispense everything from seafood to coffee."
2. Union Square Greenmarket, New York City: "The market's variety in this now revitalized area bewilders many supermarket shoppers."
3. Castries Market, St. Lucia: "Stock up on island spices (star anise, mace, cinnamon); breadfruit, bananas, and other tropical fruits; condiments like hot-pepper sauce; hot food, including rotis; or the fishermen's catch."
4. Ver-o-Peso, Belém, Brazil: "Noisy and chaotic, yet irresistibly atmospheric, with parallel rows of fishmongers selling odd-looking specimens..."
5. Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile: "Under a wrought-iron, art nouveau canopy dating from 1872, this animated fish market groans with an extraordinary shoal of sea creatures..."
6. Kreta Ayer Wet Market, Singapore: "Like most things Singaporean, this Chinatown market is spotlessly clean, its floor hosed down regularly for hygiene, hence the term 'wet market.'"
7. Kauppatori, Helsinki, Finland: "Star buys include moose, reindeer, and bear salami; chocolate infused with salted licorice; and salmon and herring delicacies."
8. La Vucciria, Palermo, Italy: "...the smell of barbecued sausages and kebabs permeates the air."
9. Cours Saleya, Nice, France: "Lined with cafés and seafood restaurants, the market has a different atmosphere on summer nights, when it becomes a covered eating area."
10. Borough Market, London, England: "London's oldest food market... delights foodies with its cornucopia of fine foods from independent suppliers throughout the U.K. and beyond..."

Read More: Top 10 Food Markets at National Geographic

Related: 10 US Farmer's Markets Worth a Trip

(Image: Gregory Han)

35 Comments