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The Markets of the World

I am always on the hunt for the best street markets and food spots during my travels. If I had more room on the page I would add the Wednesday morning market in Saint Remy, the Friday Truffle Market in Carpentras, Spitafields Market in London, the San Francisco Ferry Building, Marin Farmers Market on Thursday & Sunday, and of course our very own Tuesday night Sonoma Farmer's Market.


1 - Borough Market

8 Southwark St, London

Over 1000 years old, serving both the people of Southwark and wholesalers. With a commitment to Slow Food, the market includes high quality produce, small scale artisan producers, market stalls, fresh foods, and so much more. Borough Market hosts many tours and Chef's cooking demonstrations.

PS: Neal's Yard Dairy is right around the corner.

2 - Harrods

87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London

This is a market in a department store, and what a market it is. From the beautiful cases of fresh food ready to take out, the butcher, the baker, the organic produce, the seafood department, candy aisles -- just about everything you can think of with one thing in mind - LUXURY.


3 - Pike Place Market

1st Ave and Pike St., Seattle, WA

This market was established in 1907 to connect the neighbors with their farmers, fisherman, butchers, and bakers. You will find some of the most beautiful fresh fish and over 75 restaurants to feed your belly.


4 - Hoi Ann Street Market

Nguyen Hoang Street, Hoi An 560000, Vietnam

Just a block from the Thu Bun River bank, this is a fantastic, inexpensive, bustling, colorful market where you can find the locals hawking all sorts of produce, spices and meats. Especially fun are the food stalls with a large selection of delicious foods. The market is relatively clean, and you can tell there is a lot of pride taken in Hoi An.

A few streets away, the Night Market is located where over 50 street vendors selling a variety of items including; clothing, snacks, accessories, and just about anything you need.


5 - Reading Terminal Market

12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia

I don't often go back to my home city of Philadelphia, but when I do a trip to Reading Terminal is a must. This is one of the oldest markets in the USA dating back to 1893 and is an Historic Landmark. Whether you are looking to have Bassetts ice cream, a hoagie from Carmen's, scrapple at the Down Home Diner, a soft pretzel with mustard, or some quality products from the Pennsylvania Dutch community that come from Lancaster - they have it all.

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