Foodmarkets around the world

8th April 2016

Each metropolis – and yes, shortly Ghent as well – has a food market these days. Great! Because what’s more fun than strolling around different food stalls and tasting local specialties? Get to know my favourites around the world.

Spice Market, Istanbul

Foodies need to go to Istanbul’s Spice Market which is located near the Big Bazaar, a huge souk where you go to shop your souvenirs. Apart from extremely sweet Turkish pastries you’ll find the best exotic spices such as saffron and cinnamon over there.

Spice Market, Beyazıt Mh., Istanbul, Turkey,, © Jens Mollenvanger.


Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris

I can’t go to Paris without visiting Marché des Enfants Rouges, a cosy hidden gem tucked away in the Marais neighbourhood. At this 17th century market you’ll find the typical French baguette with cheese, but also delicious Indian curries and Moroccan tajines.

Marché des Enfants Rouges, Rue de Bretagne 39, Paris, France, © Marché des Enfants Rouges.

Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech

On the famous Djemaa El Fna Square in Marrakech you find snake charmers, next to women who apply henna tattoos, story tellers, physicians and lots of food stalls. You’ll also find jummie – and cheap! – local specialties there. From 6 PM on the buzz starts.

Djemaa El Fna, Marrakech, Morocco, © Bas Bogaerts.

Neue Heimat, Berlin

This hipster hangout isn’t online worthwhile for the good streetfood. There is an art gallery, you can shop clothes over there and they organise live performances. I don’t have to tell you that the vibe is pretty cool out there.

Neue Heimat, Revaler Strasse 99 / Dirschauer Strasse, Berlin, Germany,, © Neue Heimat.

Torvehallerne, Copenhagen

Torvehallerne – a huge, covered market in Copenhagen – became in no time popular since it opened in 2011. Have breakfast like the locals with porridge from Grød and choose the typical Danish smørrebrød (dark brown bread with toppings) for lunch. When the weather is nice, you can sit outside.

Torvehallerne, Frederiksborggade 21, Copenhagen, Denmark,, © Thomas Steen Sørensen.


Borough Market, London

Locals visit Borough Market already from the 13th century onwards. You’ll find yourself among chefs, but also in between locals and tourists who just love food. The market is popular, so go early if you want to avoid crowds.

Borough Market, Southwark Street 8, London, UK,, © Borough Market.

Neighbourgoods Market, Cape Town

Don’t miss Neighbourgoods Market when visiting Cape Town. Each Saturday you’ll find this amazing streetfood market in Woodstock, an upcoming neighbourhood in Cape Town. Expect a casual atmosphere, hip Capetonians, fresh local and seasonal products (from freshly squeezed green juices to thin oven baked pizzas) and live performances. In Johannesburg you find the same market each Saturday.

Neighbourgoods Market, Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Road 373, Cape Town, South Africa,, © Neighbourgoods Market.

Markthal & Fenix Food Factory, Rotterdam

Markthal opened only a year ago and is already thé foodwalhalla of The Netherlands. Don’t forget to look up while trying different plates, there’s a huge piece of art at the ceiling. Rather into something more intimate? Visit Fenix Food Factory – my personal favourite in Rotterdam – a food hub in a former warehouse. Sit at the benches outside and admire Rotterdam’s beautiful skyline & the famous Hotel New York. Go back to the city centre with a watertaxi.

Markthal, Ds. Jan Scharpstraat 298, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,, © Ossip Van Duivenbode.
Fenix Food Factory, Veerlaan 19D, Rotterdam, The Netherlands,, © Marie Monsieur.

Mercado San Miguel, Madrid

The place to be to have an apero in Madrid is Mercado San Miguel, a stunning covered market. Order the best jamón ibérico and croquetas over there with a bottle of cava.

Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain,, © Joao Nogueira.

Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon

If you and your friends can’t decide what to eat in Lisbon, you have to visit Mercado da Ribeira. Different restaurants opened a small stall in the mercado, so you can choose from various restaurants and meet at a table in the middle of the market. Feel like trying a typical Portuguese dish? Or rather fancy some sushi, a burger or a dessert? They have it all!

Mercado da Ribeira, Avenida 24 de Julho 50, Lisbon, Portugal,, © Mercado da Ribeira.


Holy Food Market, Ghent

We had to wait a long time for it, but in the end of 2016 there is fi-nal-ly coming a foodmarket to Belgium. The location is stunning: you’ll find the market in the chapel of the Baudelo abbey in Ghent.

Holy Food Market, Ottogracht 1, Ghent, Belgium, opening will be announced on, copyright picture: King George.

Donghuámén Night Market, Beijing

If you ever travel to Beijing you can’t miss this bizarre, chaotic market. Daredevils can try grilled scorpions, seahorses on skewers or snake meat. Not your cup of tea? They also sell spring rolls and delicious noodle dishes.

Donghuámén Night Market (close to Wang-Fujing), Beijing, China, © Donghuámén Night Market.

Chelsea Market, New York

Chelsea Market is located in the middle of Chelsea, a neighbourhood in the west of Manhattan next to the Hudson river. It is a huge food market in an old biscuit factory. It gets busy over here (6 million people pay the market a visit each year), but don’t let that stop you to explore this foodie paradise.

Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue, New York, US,, © Chelsea Market.

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