International food culture - the 5 best regional markets worldwide

There are many options for fresh ingredients on the regional market. Regional markets around the world are unique experiences that offer insights into the country's eating habits. We show you the best regional markets worldwide

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Fresh fruit, Vegetables, Meat, fish and local specialties - there are many options for fresh ingredients on the regional market. Fewer plastic, directly from farmers, short transport routes, organic and seasonal, if you want to shop sustainably, you are at the right place on local markets. Worldwide regional markets are unique experiences that offer insights into the country's eating habits.

As part of the travel planning you can get to know a piece of culture with authentic and local specialties, away from tourist restaurants. We show which regional markets around the world cannot be missed.


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The 5 best regional markets worldwide

  1. La Boqueria, Barcelona
  2. Borough Market, London
  3. Chelsea Market, NYC
  4. Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo
  5. Small market hall, Frankfurt

1. La Boqueria, Barcelona

La Boqueria is located in one of Barcelona's most fascinating buildings. It is assumed that the "Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria" in 13. Century was used as a pig market place. Today it is one of the most beautiful outdoor markets. It is home to fishmongers, butchers, cheese merchants, greengrocers and dozens of small shops specializing in Spanish ham and charcuterie. The tiny gourmet stalls offer fresh seafood and Mediterranean specialties. La Boqueria is a popular stopover for lunch, as the entrance is just off the bustling La Rambla.

2. Borough Market, London

London's Borough Market is home to most of London's fruit and vegetables under one roof. The market is one of the oldest in London and one of the best in the world. It has been in operation since 1755 and is located in the district of Southwark. The wholesale market specializing in locally grown produce and fruit, hand-made cheese and fresh bread is the preferred supplier to many of London's best restaurants. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the market is also open to the public. In addition to weekly grocery shopping, visitors can then sample the many snacks and gourmet foods on offer.

3. Chelsea Market, NYC

Under the New York High Line in a refurbished biscuit factory is the Chelsea Market, an indoor food hall that offers everything from exotic spices to fresh lobster rolls. The vaulted ceiling decorated with lights inspires the visitors. These can spend their day strolling through the multitude of stalls selling handmade food and dishes. A packed block of buildings with 35 vendors attracts six million national and international visitors each year, who can also find a wide selection of greeting cards, international cookbooks and hand-crafted souvenirs.

4. Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo

At the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, almost 3.000 tons of fish are handled each day. The Tsukiji market is thus the largest wholesale market for fish and seafood in the world and sells more than 400 types of seafood. From cheap seaweed to unusual specialties such as sea urchins and delicatessen caviar. The market also has the distinction of supplying restaurants all over the world with fresh fish. It is also one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tokyo, where visitors gather in the early morning hours to admire the raging auctions. The outdoor market, which is located in a maze of small streets with many retail outlets, also offers visitors the opportunity to buy seafood and other groceries and to enjoy a sashimi menu in the early morning.

5. Small market hall, Frankfurt


Source: Kleinmarkthalle Frankfurt

The small market hall in Frankfurt turns out to be not so small with 60 dealers and offers its visitors, as a particularly cosmopolitan and multicultural metropolis, international specialties in a traditional market atmosphere. The small market hall is very close to the Frankfurt shopping mile "Zeil" and is located between Hasengasse and Liebfrauenberg. Visitors are invited to try and stay in the restaurant, on the terrace and on Saturdays in the Schlemmergarten. The small market hall will satisfy both local and international visitors alike.

Regional markets worldwide offer insights into the food culture of other countries

These 5's best regional markets worldwide not only provide the opportunity to shop sustainably, but also to get a glimpse into the cultures and traditions of other countries. For a long time the regional weekly market is no longer just for home, but can also be visited while traveling - and in a size, atmosphere and quality that is unique in these regional markets.


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