World's Best Food Markets
Andrew Zimmern names his favorite food markets around the world: “Through all of my travels, I’ve found that there’s no better way to feel the pulse of a city or to understand the local culture than to visit a market. I can learn more about a people and their way of life here than I can in the local museum, that’s for sure. Locavore bazaars—where merchant’s hawk the region’s specialties, artisans sell their wares and residents shop for dinner—offer the most authentic and honest experience.”—Andrew Zimmern
In the 1930s, this Art Deco-style market was built as a government economic stimulus project, and is now home to dozens of produce vendors, delicatessens, fromageries, boulangeries, florists and top-quality chocolatiers. With stands inside the two-story building and outside, there’s plenty to fill up an afternoon. Be sure to check out La Fromagerie Atwater, these guys know their stuff and sell more than 750 different types of cheese. There are quite a few on-the-go lunch options, including Satay Brothers’ steamed pork buns, and sweet or savory buckwheat crêpes from Crêperie du Marché.