An institution in European department stores—and not to be confused with fast food-filled food courts—the food hall is fast becoming a global destination dining trend. These indoor urban marketplaces are perfect for travellers seeking global cuisines, made-from-scratch foods that showcase local ingredients and even culinary creations by celeb chefs such as Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain. Here, we bring you our picks for three new food halls, and one classic, to visit.
Italian-Canadian grocery and catering company Pusateri’s Fine Foods opened the world’s first Saks Fifth Avenue food hall earlier this year at CF Sherway Gardens in Toronto (a location at CF Toronto Eaton Centre launches soon). Shoppers can pause for bubbles and seafood at the Champagne and Raw Bar or pick up a few grab-and-go options, including an array of prepared dishes, cheeses and cured meats—try the butter-soft prosciutto from Niagara’s Pingue Prosciutto.
A 1919 Mission Revival building that once served as a Sunkist packing warehouse is getting its second life as a gourmet food hall. Anaheim Packing House is situated close to a bustling farmer’s market and has an outdoor dining area with open-sided train cars. Inside, there’s live music in the atrium to hum along to as you sample goodies like Japanese katsu curry poutine, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, customized hot pot, and cotton candy-topped pearl milk teas.
At Grand Central Terminal in New York, celebrated culinary entrepreneur Claus Meyer recently launched Great Northern Food Hall. The founder of the New Nordic Cuisine movement and co-founder of Copenhagen’s internationally fêted Noma has brought a touch of Scandinavia to this food hall, located in the terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. Here, pavilions sell everything from smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches) and sweet and savoury porridges to Danish-style hot dogs and
Fortnum & Mason has been in business since 1707, so the upscale London store got something of a head start on the food hall trend. Fortnum’s has its own gin, distilled less than three miles from the Piccadilly store. Food hall shoppers can also savour artisanal organic goodies created—in some cases—with ingredients grown on the Prince of Wales’ Highgrove Estate farm, such as chocolate rose thins or farmhouse chutney made with chunky vegetables from the fall harvest.
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