Galician cooking begins in Santiago de Compostela’s Mercado de Abastos. Ever since 1873 there’s been a market meeting along the eastern edge of the old walled city, a location that overlooks the busy north-south Virxe da Cerca street.
Mercado San Ildefonso serves to-go-friendly food with an emphasis on traditional Spanish flavors and makes for a great way to ease into the somewhat chaotic traditions of Spanish bar snacking.
In the heart of Kreuzberg, the well-known cultural center of West Berlin, you’ll find the thriving Markthalle IX. The 19th century market, once one of 14, was saved from destruction and now buzzes with new life, from farmers selling locally grown produce to events and fledgling businesses.
Smack in the middle of San Lorenzo square, 10 minutes or so from the center of Florence, you’ll find the Mercato Centrale, a soaring structure of iron and glass filled with mouth-watering Italian food delicacies.
On one of the biggest bays in a country surrounded by water, Marsaxlokk is an obvious location for Malta’s fishing center, and a charming one at that. A quaint city of limestone buildings that crawl towards a turquoise sea of bobbing “luzzus”, Marsaxlokk is worth a visit any day.
One of the most authentic markets you are likely to come across in all of Europe, the Mercado do Bolhão is both lively and captivating. Open since 1850, the market’s two-story wrought iron housing is in desperate need of restoration, but that doesn’t stop the bustle of vendors and shoppers from filling it’s halls like it was just opened recently.