Public Markets with Big Local Flavor
Collected by Natalie Beauregard , AFAR Staff
Even more than restaurants, local farmers' markets offer the truest taste of a place. In just one visit, you can sample everything from local produce to regional specialties, getting a sense of the city in the process. Try the below for some real local flavor.
Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Who knew grocery shopping could be so photogenic? In summer, you'll be tempted to photograph the piles of tomatoes; in winter, the tangles of greens. Wander around to get a sense of what is in season and what you will find on local menus at lunch...
Frederiksborggade 21, 1362 København, Denmark
A market has been held at Israels Plads since 1889, but it was only in 2011 that two permanent food halls were completed and opened to the public. The pair of glass buildings house more than 100 stalls, offering everything from traditional Danish...
5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013, USA
Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, the Uptown Farmers Market is part market and part community gathering. Residents come from all over the Valley of the Sun to shop 160 vendors, whose goods include everything from...
55 John Compton Hwy, Castries, St Lucia
The capital city's bustling food and handicraft bazaar is open Monday–Saturday, from around 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and has served St. Lucians for more than a century. Rows of vendors display fresh fruit, vegetables and homemade products from...
Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
In the streets of Istanbul and back alleys all over Turkey are mounds of Turkish delight confections. Some look as though they may have been boxed to sell back when Bekir Effendi, the inventor of Turkish delights, started up at the end of the...
Piazza Campo de' Fiori, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
This is one of the best outdoor markets I've seen. Here you'll find many vendors of fresh fruits, vegetables, pasta, olive oil, and the namesake flowers. It's very lively from early morning until late afternoon, when the market is open, and then a...
16 Kahu Rd, Fendalton, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Across New Zealand you'll find weekend farmers' markets packed with vendors of artisanal products and organic fruit and vegetables, as well as innovative food trucks providing tasty options for breakfast or lunch. Held in the leafy surrounds of...
The Market:, Granger Street, Haul Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Oranjezicht City Farm is an urban farm and non-profit organization located in the heart of Cape Town. To understand what this garden symbolic you must look back to the 17th century, when Cape Town's city center was dotted with vegetable gardens...
Rue d'Aligre et, Place d'Aligre, 75012 Paris, France
Marché d'Aligre is a very special place: Commerces de bouche (mouth businesses!) line up to sell their goods, an orchestra of voices calls out daily specials, and cheesemongers offer free samples. The market's selection changes...
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