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St. Lawrence Market, Toronto, Canada — The National Geographic book Food Journeys of a Lifetime chose this Saturd...
The National Geographic book Food Journeys of a Lifetime chose this Saturday market, held in the city’s old town, as its number one food market pick. It’s the perfect alternative to North American shopping malls and it’s been a functioning food market since 1803. St. Lawrence is a gem of this now revitalised area of Toronto. The upper level also routinely hosts art exhibitions and other cultural happenings, and on Sundays the market becomes an antique fair.
Ferry Plaza is situated right on the waterfront of this beautiful West Coast city and showcases sustainable farming every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Run by the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, it houses some 80 different merchants from the Bay Area, featuring a great selection of delicatessen items, organic produce, flowers, snacks and hot meals.
This 250-year-old central London market is the oldest running in the iconic city and still functions as a wholesale food market. On Thursdays through Saturdays, however, it is open to the public, with gourmet foods aplenty as well as pubs, shops and restaurants. With over 100 stalls in total and located at the southern end of London Bridge, historic Borough Market is well worth a visit if you’re ever in The Big Smoke.
Southeast Asia’s city-state showcases this popular and clean wet market in its Chinatown district, where one can procure any manner of vegetable or beast, from frogs and turtles to the legendary (and smelly) durian fruit. Kreta Ayer is open from 6am to 1pm, so get there early to avoid crowds. Breakfast is available in the upper level food court. Chinese wet markets get their name from the constant hosing down that takes place in order to keep the floors clean. Be careful not to slip!
Looking for something off the beaten path? This open-air market is located near the mouth of the Amazon River in the north Brazilian state of Pará. Far removed from the rest of the country, the tropical fruits and fish on sale at Ver-o-peso are like nothing you’ll find at any other major market in the world. This is the part of Brazil in which the now-popular açai berry is grown, and you can get it here in a traditional hot, unsweetened soup served with tapioca. The market’s surroundings are also unusual: On one side there’s the Guajará Bay and on the other, a collection of colonial Portuguese buildings, which are well maintained, but struggling to stay together in the sultry Amazonian climate.