Who likes fresh food? Who likes fresh markets?
I’ve come across 10 of the best fresh markets in the world (at least according to CNNGo’s Lina Goldberg). Happily, fully half of these markets are in cities visited by EF College Break trips. So if you’re traveling, and you like fresh markets, you are in luck.
Here are the five on EFCB trips:
La Boqueria (Barcelona) – They say this famous market started in the 13th century as a pig market. Today, it has everything under the sun—fish, meats, cheese, fruits, vegetables. It’s right off Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s famous bustling boulevard.
Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo) – This is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. They sell more than 400 types of seafood. The market is one of the city’s biggest tourist spots. Visitors show up very early (before dawn) to go see the morning deliveries coming in from the sea.
Or Tor Kor Market (Bangkok) – I like this market because it rhymes. It’s packed with extremely good produce, including fruits and veggies native to Thailand and other Asian countries.
Borough Market (London) – This is the oldest fruit and vegetable market in London. The market itself opened in 1755, and the area has been a marketplace since the 13th century. These days you can get fruits, cheeses and breads, among other things.
Kowloon City Wet Market (Hong Kong) – I just learned the term ‘wet market’ (for others who don’t know, it’s just another name for a fresh market, or an open market). Anyway, this one is known for its high-quality ingredients, including its meats, fish and greens. There’s a place to get cooked food as well.
All this talk has made me hungry for fresh food. I’m going to go eat a strawberry.
Photo: Moyan_Brenn via Flickr