Locals proudly refer to Stuttgarter Markthalle as the “best market in Germany,” and their claims are justified. Upon entry, the scents of freshly ground spices drift through the air, as carefully crafted sweets beckon you to take a closer look. Stalls are filled with native and exotic produce, assortments of nuts and legumes, candied and dried fruit, marinated olives and peppers, as well as fresh fish and meats.
In Stuttgart, autumn is the perfect season to be a foodie, with regional pumpkins, squash and gourds arriving at the market daily, in every variety imaginable. The annual Volksfest beer festival draws crowds to the city, and unique drafts to the market. For a few weeks in the fall, resident vineyards harvest their grapes, and produce a wine that is still in the fermentation stage, called Sturm. It has a refreshingly sweet flavor, and is similar to a sparking white wine. As Sturm is a delicacy in this region and in high demand, it can be difficult to find, but this market is usually in stock, along with many local wines that can be found among the vendors.
The best time to visit the market is during the week, as it is relatively quiet, and perfect for those who enjoy sampling the freshly baked breads and artisan cheeses. Don’t forget to bring an extra bag though, as just one taste is almost never enough!