If you’re lucky enough to live in any of the cities where these markets are, it may be nothing at all for you to pop in on your way home from work to pick up a basket of spring-fresh veggies or warm baked bread.
For the rest of us, who have to content ourselves with cellophane-packaged goods from the fluorescent-lit local grocery store, a market like this in our neighborhood would be a dream come true. Luckily, all of these markets are located in easily accessible places, so make sure that you put them on your next travel itinerary!
Borough Market – London, UK
Borough Market in London is the city’s oldest food market – it has been occurring with little interruption for the last 1,000 years! The current building was designed in 1851, and it’s a rare beauty of Art Deco style. Open Monday to Saturday, the market carries both fresh and prepared food, and it’s the ideal place to go if you’ve got some shopping to do, but you’re feeling a bit peckish. If you don’t want to eat underneath the market hall arches, you can find a perfect picnic spot on the grounds of neighboring Southwark Cathedral.
England is generally more permissive than the United States in terms of alcohol legislation, so there are plenty of stalls on hand that sell and offer samples of local alcohol – both beer and liquor. Around Christmas the market expands their hours to seven days a week!