GET Guide to the Largest Farmer’s Markets Abroad
One of the best parts about traveling is getting to experience local cuisines. Farmer’s markets are the best place to immerse yourself in the food culture of a city or region.
You can try new foods, try new twists on classic foods, and taste the freshest local fruits, vegetables, and spices, all while interacting with farmers and shopkeepers. While you’ll likely be able to find markets anywhere you travel, here we’ll cover some of the biggest and most popular farmer’s markets in the world.
Borough Market - London, England
The oldest farmer’s market in London resides underneath a beautiful glass atrium in the Southwark neighborhood. While Borough Market offers local produce, it also provides a taste of London’s global influence, with items from all over the world. Sample handmade cheeses, baked goods, seasonal game, and so much more.
Kreta Ayer Wet Market - Singapore
There are two main reasons to visit the Kreta Ayer market. First, you can find an unbeatable variety of Asian vegetables and herbs as well exotic meats and seafood, including live frogs, turtles, and eels. Second, you can stop in the food court, one of the best hawker centers in Singapore, to dine on chef-crafted specialties.
La Boqueria - Barcelona, Spain
An essential stop on any trip to Barcelona, La Boqueria is located on the famous La Rambla Boulevard. The marketplace, now in a covered area, is loaded with colorful stalls boasting fresh fruit, veggies, Mediterranean and Catalan specialties. Try cured ham and cheeses, Spanish olives, and chorizo, and enjoy some of the best tapas in the city. La Boqueria is a treat for the eyes and a treat for the appetite.
Rialto Market - Venice, Italy
Nestled along the banks of Venice’s Grand Canal, right near the iconic Rialto Bridge, you’ll find this daily fish and vegetable market. It’s been a hub for merchants for nearly 1,000 years, dating back to the 11th century. Supply barges arrive at dawn to unload their wares, and vendors begin selling around 8 AM. Stop by before lunch to pick up supplies for a picnic—the market closes by 1 PM.
Tsukiji Fish Market - Tokyo, Japan
One of three markets in the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, a sprawling 54-acre complex with over 1,700 stalls. Tsukiji is the most famous of the three—it’s the largest wholesale seafood market in the world. Arrive before dawn to observe the tuna auction at 5 AM. Wander the stalls and you’ll see an array of exotic and rare seafood from the Pacific. And if you love sushi, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better, fresher supply than right here.
Or Tor Kor Market - Bangkok, Thailand
The Bangkok area offers a treasure trove of farmer’s markets. Or Tor Kor is a go-to spot for Thai fruits and vegetables, and it’s located next to the Chatuchak market, where you can find souvenirs, clothing, accessories, and handcrafted goods. You can also enjoy a great selection of prepared foods here, including curries, papaya salads, and more. Just outside the city is the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, where vendors load their goods onto boats and set up shop in the canals.