This market has been attracting foodies in the English capital for just over 1,000 years, and it’s still the best place to go for fresh produce and a diverse, international selection of edible treats. With so many options here, you can be assured of a full meal after getting your groceries done.
Don’t miss the handmade tortelloni stuffed with a spectrum of ingredients like crayfish, beef, burrata or even wild boar at La Tua Pasta. Vegetarians and vegans can check out Gujarati Rasoi, which offers traditional homecooked Indian fare, while Soul Food has light, healthy, Caribbean-inspired options such as BBQ lamb wraps and a classic Trinidadian chicken pelau.
Come later in the week when all stalls are trading and you’ll have access to the full selection of products on offer. Take your pick from locally made raclette cheese, ethically produced raw honey from East London, organic handmade English pork sausages or freshly shucked Cornish native oysters.
Where: London, England
Opening Hours: Opens 10am – 5pm (Mon-Thurs), 10am – 6pm (Fri) and 8am – 5pm (Sat). Closed Sundays.
How to get there: The market is a 5-minute walk from London Bridge tube station. Alternatively, a car from Fraser Suites Kensington or Malmaison London will take about 20 to 30 minutes.
The locavore movement is huge in Manhattan, with its home base being the Union Square Greenmarket. Though smaller than some of its international counterparts, this fresh-food market punches well above its weight when it comes to quality and seasonality.
While you’ll find more fresh produce here over pre-made food, there are still plenty of delicious snacks on offer. Try a streusel Danish from market favourite Bread Alone, a spinach tart from Las Delicias or a wheatgrass shot from Union Square Grassman.
Many traders here are producers and makers of the products they sell, so don’t miss the chance to pick up some artisan bread, locally made apple cider vinegar, homemade gluten-free brownies and hand-rolled pretzels.
In line with the green movement here, you can also do your part by giving back: drop off your household food waste every market day or old clothing on Mondays and Saturdays at the market. Food waste will be collected, composted and transformed into fertile soil amendment to be used at local farms and gardens, while old clothes will be redistributed or recycled into other products.
Where: New York City, USA
Opening Hours: Opens 8am – 6pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat).
How to get there: The market is within a 5-minute walk from the 4 train arriving at 14th Street Union Square Station.
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