The best European food markets
Do you like food, travel and culture? Throughout Europe you can find the most diverse food markets. How about the “Mercado da Ribeira” in Lisbon? Or why not visit the food trucks in Copenhagen? We have made a list of the most beautiful and welcoming food markets for you.
1. San Miguel Market – Madrid
For true foodies, the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid is a must-see. This market is located in a historic building that dates back to 1916 and was transformed into what is today’s amazing food market. The Mercado de San Miguel is not an ordinary market where you buy your daily purchases, you can go here to enjoy delicious tapas, a glass of wine or different types of beers. A must here is the “tortilla de patatas”, it will be the juiciest tortilla you will ever taste.
The Mercado da Ribeira, also known as “Time Out Market”, is an old market in Lisbon. In the 13th century it was one of the most famous fish markets in Europe, where many merchants met. In 2010, the market became a place where many famous cafes and restaurants have their own stall. On the ground floor you will find the traditional stalls where you do your daily shopping. But further back, you can find the food court with long tables and many different food options. So better to arrive with an empty stomach to be able to taste the best food that is offered.
The Ballarò flea market in Palermo is one of the most beautiful markets in Europe and is open from Monday to Saturday. People mainly come to buy food or vintage clothes. Here you can experience the typical Italian way of life, starting with a delicious cup of coffee and emerging at the many market stalls. The best part is that the weather in Palermo is always good, the food is cheap, and the locals are always around to teach you more about their culture.
If you are in London, then Borough Market is a must-see, plus it is easily accessible by public transport. The Borough Market is a place where many merchants and chefs offer their delicious dishes, and where people can enjoy their food and drinks while having fun. With more than 100 stalls selling their products here on a daily basis. This market is also centuries old, dating back to the 11th century, but it is still as relevant now as it was before.
Copenhagen has one of the nicest food markets in Europe as it has a real street food culture. On Paper Island, chefs from 35 food trucks are preparing the most delicious dishes for you. From Spanish and Korean to Danish, all parts of the world are present. Have you eaten too much? Then you can spend some time in the sun. If you are planning to go to Copenhagen Street Food, check your calendar, especially in the summer as there are many events.
The “Central Market”, also known as “Nagycsarnok”, is located in Budapest and has no less than 3 floors. Both inside and out it is huge, earning it the nickname “Great Market”. A visit to the market is great if you like fresh food, people watching and shopping. As the market is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. m., it is recommended to go after 9:00 a.m. m. to avoid the morning crowd. And remember that this market is closed on Sundays, so try to go on a Saturday or during the week.
Berlin has a street food market called “Neue Heimat”, with around 20 foodies who stand here inside and outside preparing the best dishes in the best trucks. Even some famous Berlin restaurants sometimes appear with a food truck to prepare meals there. In addition to the many food trucks, you can also enjoy live jazz music, DJs, and theater performances. If you’re there during Christmas, the Neue Heimat transforms into the “Holy Heimat Christmas Market.”