Head to any major city in the United States, and you can feast on some of the most delicious dishes in the world. And, you don’t even have to break the bank to do it. Sure, you can reserve a table in a Michelin-starred restaurant, but why spend so much cash when you can taste such a wide variety of locally prepared food and international dishes at a fresh market?
Forget the grocery stores and overpriced restaurants. Instead, stock up on local delights or dine on a dish made with love at one (or all) of these food markets.
Chelsea Market, NYC
It’s no surprise that New York’s Meatpacking District is home to some of the city’s best food halls. Chelsea Market’s indoor market is a must-visit landmark for foodies. Tacos, meats, cheeses, sushi, baked goods, ice cream, crab cakes – you name it, and you’ll find it here. This market opens daily from early morning until late at night, making it the perfect place to feast on local delights all day. There’s also a ground floor with 40 vendors selling goods such as books, postcards and antiques.
Union Market, Washington DC
The political hub of the USA also happens to be one of the best travel destinations for food fans. Union Market is a jumble of informal restaurants and food stalls where you can feast on locally made, unique dishes and beverages, such as a Bloody Mary garnished with a loaded bagel (sounds bizarre, but we guarantee you’ll love it). You’ll also find burgers, sandwiches, sushi, tacos and just about anything else you can dream of at DC’s best public market.
Memphis Farmers' Market
Every Saturday from 8.30am, local farmers, artisans and shoppers gather at the Memphis Farmers Market. Some of the best-known vendors include Crazy Good Specialty Foods, which sells seasonings, sauces and spices, and Lazy Dog Farms, which offers a variety of local produce. While you’re here, grab a healthy beverage at So Fresh Mobile Juice Bar. Don’t miss the local poet who will write a poem just for you using a typewriter – it adds a quirky touch to an already unique experience.
Good Earth Farmers’ Market, Austin
Fresh produce doesn’t get fresher than at Good Earth Farmers’ Market, where local produce is harvested the same day as it’s served. Here, you’ll find all the healthy necessities you need to make amazing meals, and the vendors love offering recipe tips too. If that wasn't enough, there’s even a petting zoo!
Santa Fe Farmers' Market
Santa Fe Farmers' Market was once named one of the top 10 best food markets in the USA, which is quite an achievement given the size of the nation and the sheer number of competitors. This food market focuses on sustainability. Over 150 farmers from 15 New Mexico counties gather here not only to sell local produce but also to educate their customers about sustainable agricultural practices. Food for thought and for your stomach!
Grand Central Market, Los Angeles
Occupying nearly 3,000 square metres, the Grand Central Market offers a foodie experience like no other. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this food hall serves mouth-watering international favourites as well as local dishes. It’s open daily from 8am until 10pm, so there’s no excuse to miss out (though we don’t expect you’d want to). From freshly cooked pizzas and burgers to caviar, there’s a meal to suit everybody’s tastes at the Grand Central Market.