Food markets are not a new phenomenon. Far from it. This is how food has gone from field to table for thousands of years and they can be found in every single town the world over. But the modern concept of the food market is a little different and thanks to social media, a leaning towards healthier, organic produce and an obsession with “food porn”, these markets have truly taken over.
A good food market is one that sells high-quality produce as well as street food. A great food market is one that leaves you salivating with delight from the moment you enter to the moment you leave and one that you’ll want to show to all of your friends on social media.
Here are the very best regions for these markets in the world:
Ontario Food Markets
This Canadian province has some quality local produce and this has helped to craft a cuisine that is unique to this part of Canada. You will find plenty of the finest quality maple syrup, as well as homemade treats that feature this rich, sugary tree sap as a main ingredient.
The local farmer’s markets in Ontario are a great source for fresh produce that is both seasonal and organic and even if you’re over the border in the US it is well worth making the trip north to sample these for yourself.
Taipei Night Markets
Taiwan is a small island nation that’s technically part of China (best not to get into that though). It’s capital city, Taipei, is popular with Asian tourists and it is also becoming very popular with tourists from Europe and the US thanks to its night markets. These food markets are a great source of quality Asian fare, the best place to sample all that is great and good about this region.
There is the Raohe Street Night Market, the Shilin Market, the Keelung Temple market and more. You really can’t get better than this when it comes to global food markets.
One of the best markets in the UK, Camden Market, is the ultimate spot for foodies seeking a taste of global cuisine. The food market flies under the “KERB Camden” banner and is open 7 days a week. And don’t worry, there is very little Great British cuisine on the menu—it’s all a global fusion of the finest and strangest foods.
This is where you need to go if you want to be introduced to Korean, Swedish and even Columbian cuisine. They choose the best foods from these untouched cuisines and cook them in a way that will blow your mind and make your Instagram foodie pictures go viral.
Street Food Union in Soho
Another London food market, this one is all about great street food. It’s food that can be grabbed and eaten on the go, food that is convenient and affordable, but food that does not cut corners with regards to quality—there is no MRM in sight! There are all kinds of wraps, salads, and burgers, with flavors inspired by the finest French, Asian and Middle-Eastern cuisines.
There is a little bit of everything, including something known as Yorkshire Burrito, which is burrito made with a Yorkshire Pudding. If you don’t know what one of those is then you’re missing out. It’s unusual, to say the least. The best way to explain it is like a savory biscuit often eaten with gravy but made from pancake max.
I did say it was unusual.