Living in this area is great for so many reasons – proximity to delicious restaurants, easy access to the rest of the city, and a growing vibrant community, but one factor really stands out above the rest – The St. Lawrence Market. The city’s most popular market (not to mention world-renowned) has been hosting a public market since 1803, and things have only improved since then. With hundreds of vendors to choose from, and an energetic atmosphere, this is a top destination for anyone living in the area, the city, and visitors from all over.
While we’re head over heels for our beloved St. Lawrence, we thought we’d check out the other great food markets from around the world.
Castries Market – St. Lucia
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Built in 1891, St. Lucia’s Castries Market is an incredible spot for tourists and locals alike. With over 300 regular vendors there’s no shortage of unique and delicious finds here. At Castries you’ll be treated to a vast selection of island bounty including fresh tropical fruits, meats and fish, herbs, spices, and local crafts. The market is open daily, but it’s at its most vibrant on Saturdays.
Kreta Ayer Wet Market – Singapore
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The Kreta Ayer Wet Market is known for two things – being spotlessly clean, and its incredible selection of fresh fish and seafood. Called a wet market, because it’s frequently hosed down to keep it as clean as possible, this bustling spot is a must-visit if in Singapore. Aside from the immense variety for fresh (often even live!) fish and seafood, you’ll find fresh vegetables, herbal remedies, and tasty prepared cuisine available. Only open until 1pm, you’ll want to get here early if you’re looking to beat the crowds!
Kauppatori – Helsinki, Finland
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Helsinki’s Kauppatori (or Market Square) is the city’s most international and well-known market. Here you’ll find traditional Finnish market foods, including quality local game, produce, treats and souvenirs. Just outside the hustle and bustle of the market there are outdoor booths and cafes offering delicious traditional meat pastries that any market-goer should indulge in. The market becomes especially popular in early October, as the annual Helsinki Herring Market begins.
La Vucciria – Palermo, Italy
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This ancient market dates back 700 years, so it must be good! La Vucciria is particularly known for its incredible selection of meats and fresh fish, but you’ll also find everything you could ever dream of to fill a proper Italian pantry – pastas, grains, a variety of freshly picked mushrooms, and every type of tomato you could ever need – fresh, on the vine, and sun-dried. You’ll be treated to the true spirit of this region at this market, as it’s constantly alive with loud voices, singing, and music.
Union Square Greenmarket – New York City
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What is now a world famous market had humble beginnings, with only a few farmers back in 1976. Now, during the height of the market season, you can expect to see at least 140 local farmers, fishers, and bakers! Here you’ll find endless options in fresh fruit, vegetables, heritage meats, award-winning cheeses, and artisan breads – not to mention the beautiful display of freshly cut flowers to purchase! Often boasting tens of thousands of market shoppers, this market atmosphere offers a vibrant experience for all who attend.