12 World-Famous Food Markets

Follow your tastebuds from Toronto to Taipei

By Google Arts & Culture

Borough Market, London, United Kingdom

There has been a market on this site, today the southern end of London Bridge, since the 12th Century. Over the centuries Borough Market has sold all sorts of goods. Now it specialises in gourmet foods.

Or Tor Kor Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is well-known for the quality and variety of its fresh food markets, but Or Tor Kor is considered one of the best. If you're looking for perfectly ripe mangoes, kanom bueng, or som tam, this is the place to visit.

St. Lawrence, Toronto, Canada

Well-known as one of the world's best food markets, St Lawrence has been serving local fruits, vegetables, cheeses, breads, and meats for over 200 years. It's a Toronto institution, and well-loved by locals and visitors alike.

Billingsgate Fish Market, London, United Kingdom

This famous seafood market has been serving London's restaurants and chip shops since 1699. It's one of the few places in the city where you can still find traditional seafood dishes like cockles and jellied eels - one bite and you'll be hooked.

Ningxia Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan

Night markets are very popular in Taipei, and this is the one that started the trend. The southern end of the market is dedicated to gifts and games, and the northern end to food. In 2019, the Michelin Guide recommended three of the stalls found here.

Rue Mouffetard Market, Paris

For Ernest Hemingway, Rue Mouffetard was, "that wonderful narrow crowded market street which led into the Place Contrescarpe". With 200 types of cheeses on sale, you can easily make your own moveable feast.

Stockport Market Hall, Stockport

This Victorian covered market once known as the 'Glass Umbrella' set amongst historic weaver's cottages in this former mill town. Come here for traditional Lancashire cuisine such as black pudding, tripe, or a pint of the local Robinson's beer.

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

If you want the freshest seafood in Tokyo, you need to start early, some of the shops near the Tsukiji Fish Market open at 5am. Before you start wandering, why not take a sushi breakfast, but make sure to leave room for fried squid.

La Boqueria, Barcelona

Life for many in Barcelona wouldn't be complete without La Boqueria, the city's huge marketplace found just off La Rambla. Let yourself be guided by the sights and smells from freshly-squeezed juices to piquant chilli peppers.

Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech

By day, this square in the city's Medina quarter is largely empty, but by night it becomes a bustling street market, popular with tourists and locals alike. The edges of the square are lined with cafes, gardens, and hotel balconies.

Bến Thành Market

Bến Thành Market is a popular destination for the many visitors to Hồ Chí Minh City seeking an authentic Vietnamese experience. Under the cool, lofty roof there are more than 1500 vendors, selling everything from textiles and jewellery to bun thit nuong and banh beo.

Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio, Rome

As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day. In 2012, the city's historic Testaccio market opened in a new, sleek, glass building, but its traditional charm remains. Pick up some Roman classics such as artichokes, chicory, and piadina.

Jollof rice ingredients (2019)The Centenary Project

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