There’s no better way to indulge your senses in a new destination than to step into the orderly chaos of a local market and smell, touch, see, and eat your way through it entirely. A walk through some of the best global food markets is instant insight into a culture: neighborly camaraderie, social habits, traditional foods, and customary cooking practices paint a picture of heritage and customs. Market destinations also feature an array of painters, potters, designers, tailors, and other artisans adding more local flavor and appeal to the backdrop.
12. St. Lawrence Market -Toronto, Canada
Toronto’s St. Lawrence market has been a source of fresh food and other goods since 1803 when it teamed up with Toronto City Hall. Redesigned and updated between the mid-1970s and the 1900s, the market has been a staple in Toronto’s shopping market, continues to provide fresh food boost the local economy. Shoppers will find everything from fresh, fairly traded coffee to a variety of seafood within 120 different vendors each Tuesday through Saturday–Saturday being the busiest day of the market week. Three large buildings comprise the market: North, South, and St. Lawrence Hall within Toronto’s Old Town area. Generations of families continue to operate stalls in the market and sell everything from world-famous Canadian bacon (peameal) to freshly baked pies, crisp produce, and freshly made jams and pickled goods.