Four Epic Food Markets

These spots in New York, San Francisco, Montreal and Toronto are truly a foodie's paradise

Ferry Building Marketplace, photo by Amanda Marsalis

What better way to experience a destination than through its food and drink? Indeed, for some of us, markets and food halls are the world’s true museums and art galleries. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most delicious culinary marketplaces all food-lovers must seek out.

Eataly, New York

With powerhouse chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich behind the scenes, you know this Italian culinary emporium, with two locations in the city, will be a glorious gourmet experience. The Flatiron location, with six restaurants, food counters, cooking classes and a massive market, will sate every appetite.

Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco

Yes, you can still catch the ferry to Sausalito from this historic building. But first you’ll want to visit the many vendors specializing in California food and wine, as well as restaurants such as Charles Phan’s famous Slanted Door.

Marché Atwater, Montreal

This beautiful art deco building houses an old, very French market. It’s best known for its numerous butchers and charcutiers, but you will also find local produce, Quebec cheeses and, bien sûr, the perfect baguette.

St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

About 120 vendors sell everything from apples to za’atar in a 114-year-old building that once housed Toronto’s City Hall. Swing by Uno Mustachio in the basement for its veal parm sandwich.

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