For keen gourmets and home chefs alike, one of the best ways to really get to know a new country, is by immersing oneself in its culinary tradition. While gourmet dining in fancy restaurants is one good way of discovering tried-and-tested recipes presented in a contemporary fashion, so, too, is heading for the source of it all: the market.
We present some of the most renowned and oft visited markets in the world, ranging from Kowloon City Wet Market in Hong Kong (boasting three floors of tempting Thai and Chinese treats), right through to the beautiful Mercado de San Telmo in Buenos Aires, ensconced inside a unique wrought iron structure and boasting a ceiling that dates back to the 17th century.
Let the vivid colours and seductive aromas spoil your senses. Take your time to walk through each stall and discover new spices, fruits and styles of arts and crafts. Bringing home unique ingredients and souvenirs from what can only be described as true havens for food lovers from around the world.
Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce.
Mercado Central de Abastos , also known as Market Square in Jerez, Andalusia Spain.
The Temple Street Night Market in Kowloon has been a fixture of the Jordan/Yau Ma Tei district since at least the 1920s and probably before.
Mercado de San Telmo in Buenos Aires
Peppers in the Rialto Market in Venice
Lily Donaldson is a writer who focuses on travel pieces and holiday articles and kindly wrote this post for Shades of Cinnamon. She spent the best part of 20 years in the hospitality industry and now focuses on editing, researching and writing for a living – and is hoping to introduce her two children to the travel bug soon.