10 of the most vibrant food markets in the world

Farmers' and also food markets are places where traders are passionate about their wares. I try to explain this with a mushroom. These markets are places where someone not only sells you any mushroom but the mushroom that person truly believes is the best mushroom out there. Farmers know the story behind the mushroom, they might even remember the day they started mixing the right ingredients for the compost before they put them in their dark rooms. Or they can recall the very day they went out to gather mushrooms in the forest. They know how much effort it takes to get the perfect product, they respect their food naturally. It is so very lovely to see this pure affection for a product. My secret tip for a great experience at farmers markets is, to start chatting to the farmers. You will most certainly hear the most amazing stories about the food. A visit at a market is about connecting growers and consumers. Do you get that at your local supermarket?

These markets are places where locals and visitors have been buying their wares for decades if not centuries (at least that is the case in some parts of the world). If you are on vacation and visit a market you will be part of that community, if only for a short time. You sure will be able to try food staples you can only get at this particular place, and you will most certainly be longing for these things forever. It is almost as if you tasted the place, literally. A market tells you a lot about a town, you will find out about the relation people have with their food. Why do people eat? What do they want to express? Do they want to express anything at all?

How to best describe food markets? Take passionate farmers and regional food and scatter them around a beautiful landmark. Add the excitement and hunger of locals and visitors, and finish off with the scent of herbs, spices, bbqs and freshly brewed coffee. If that isn’t a recipe for a feast, I don’t know what is.

Come with me on a tour around the world, and see the most vibrant food markets ...

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco, USA

This market started first 1992, originally in the middle of the Embarcadero Roadway and grew steadily into the diverse market it is today. Market hours: Tuesday: 10am–2pm. Thursday: 10am - 2pm. Saturday: 8am-2pm. Read this for more: One drink I tried in San Francisco

Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles, USA

This market in Hollywood started in 1934 at the corner of 3rd & Fairfax and quickly became the icon it is today. 6333 W 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90036. Hours Monday - Friday: 9am to 9pm. Saturday: 9am to 8pm. Sunday: 10am - 7pm. I drove along Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles: Slow day in Big Sur - magic moments.

The Bouqueria Market in Barcelona, Spain

Founded in 1200 as a travelling market outside of one of the gates of the city wall. Trading permanently at this famous market began in 1826. La Rambla 91, 08001 Barcelona. Hours Monday to Saturday from 8am – 8.30pm. Have you ever been on a foodie tour in Barcelona?

Mercate del Rialto in Venice, Italy

This market has been in this exact place for several hundreds of years, unbelievable is it?. Rialto. Opening hours Monday to Saturday 7am – 2pm. While you are there, visit Al Merca for the best cicchetti and Prosecco.  

Churchill Island Farmers’ Market in Victoria, Australia

This is one of the farmers’ market that really stands out since it is in such a picturesque rural setting. You have to be well organised to visit, it takes place only once a month. Samuel Amess Drive. Churchill Island, Victoria, Australia. Opening hours: every 4th Saturday of the month 8am – 1pm. While you are in Victoria, you have to visit amazing Melbourne: 9 things Melburnians and visitors love to do.

Toul Tom Poung (Russian Market) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This place used to be a market for foreigners after the Vietnamese occupation, you get everything (you won’t ever need) and great street food. Between Street 440 and Street 444, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Don't forget, when you are in Cambodia it is best not to give to street kids.

Neighbourgoods Market in Cape Town, South Africa

This market was founded in 2006 and becomes more and popular by the minute. The Old Biscuit Mill, 373 Albert Road, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa. Hours: Saturday 9am – 2pm. While you are there, why not check out the street art in this part of town

Torvehallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark

This neighbourhood market opened its doors in 2011 and ever since nothing can stop it. Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 Copenhagen, Denmark. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am – 7pm. Friday 10am - 8pm. Saturday 10am - 6pm. Sunday 11am - 5pm. Would you like to read more? Hej Copenhagen - how I fell in love in just one weekend.

Viktualienmarkt in Munich, Germany

This market, where 110 stalls and shops offer gourmet food has been at this place in the centre of Munich for the last 200 years. Viktualienmarkt 3, 80331 München. Market hours: 10am – 6pm. When you are there, visit its neighbour the Schrannenhalle

Markthalle Neun in Berlin, Germany

There used to be 14 traditional market halls in Berlin, and this one opened in 1891 is one of the original ones. Today it is a popular meeting place for foodies. Markthalle Neun. Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43. 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg Market hours: Tuesday, Friday from 12pm – 8pm and Saturday 10am – 6pm. Before you hit the town, read this 12 conversation starters.

Where is your favourite food market? Can’t wait to hear from you.

From Berlin with love