Food is always a very nice way to go and discover a new country, to get closer to its culture and feel like a local.
Even if I do love this part of the trip, I am not the person who is going to sit at some restaurant all day long just by eating: I do prefer grab some food from some bakery and enjoy it on the way. Just to refill myself with some energy and be ready to continue the amazing discovery.
This is why I really enjoy food markets: these huge buildings are usually located in the city center and they serve an amazing range of local food and drinks, being also very cheap comparing with other options.
The atmosphere is literally magical: entering these markets you feel the history while having the unique chance of enjoying the real local food. And you can choose in between plenty of dishes, savoury or sweet ones, warm and cold. And get lost into the pure taste of their fresh products.
8 awesome food markets in Europe
*1 Nagyvásárcsarnok, Great Market Hall, Budapest (Hungary)
Budapest. More than a wonderful city. It looks like a magical land where you can enjoy a lot of history just by walking through the streets while having super delicious desserts. The Great Market Hall perfectly combines these two aspects both. It is a stunning building (since 1897) located on the Pest side of central Budapest and it has three different floors. Time to prepare yourself to go and try some paprika as well as some pastries. You will love it.
*2 Kauppatori, Helsinki (Finland)
One of the most famous markets all around Europe. Especially if you want to taste fresh fish, well you should not miss this market. Snacks, local food like smoked fish (starting from salmon), lots of fresh fruits and the typical berries are waiting for you, to bring you into the heart of Finland.
*3 Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon (Portugal)
I lived one year in Lisbon and only now I realized how much time I spent in such a cool food market. Mercado da Ribeira (also know as Time Out Market), I will always remember its name. Located just in front of the magical Tagus River (near Cais do Sodre square) you will have the possibility to sit and taste the portuguese cuisine. Recently renewed (in 2014), it offers anything you look for from appetizers to dessert. You will be delighted just by looking at them, since there are many delicious products to choose in between: in any case, you can be sure to enjoy a very high quality food. Amazing!
*4 Naschmarkt, Wien (Austria)
I am just back from Austria after spending some days in there. I have not enough time to visit the city of Wien once again, but it was so cool to live the stunning atmosphere of the Naschmarkt; besides being a wonderful building, the food variety offered is absolutely amazing. I tried to have as many dessert as I could, since I particularly love them. I almost finished all the cakes I bought, and the ones I could not manage to eat on the spot, I ate on my way back to Rome.
*5 Markthalle Neun, Berlin (Germany)
When in Berlin, write down on your list this name. I suggest you to keep in mind that there is a “Street Food Thursday” which takes place in this market on Thursdays: cheap and amazing, it is super worthy to visit. Different kind of foods, both local and international: you will surely find what do you like the most.
*6 Markthal, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
Another fascinating market is located in Rotterdam. Ready for getting lost into more than 100 shops and food stands? This is how Rotterdam wants to welcome you. Not only you can go and enjoy your lunch, you will also have the opportunity to join this wonderful market in the evening and head over to some bars. You need just to choose in which part of the day you want to enter it.
*7 Hala Koszyki, Warsaw (Poland)
Time to fly to Poland to go and find another wonderful market located in the capital city, Warsaw. This beautiful restored market since 1909 is super glad to welcome visitors and locals to offer the best products from the Polish tradition, as well as many international ones. Looking for pierogi? Or a delicious sernik? You will be delighted by this market.
*8 La Boqueria, Barcelona (Spain)
Last but not least, you can put on your list the famous “La Boqueria”, from Barcelona with love. Plenty of fresh products such as fruit, snack, fish and whatever you may are curious to try it out. In Spain there are a lot of big markets like this one, so basically if you are visiting the biggest cities (such as Madrid, Seville, Valencia) you can be sure to find out a delicious market waiting for you.
Get ready for your magical food market tour all around Europe!