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5 of the best fresh produce, farmer and street food markets in Europe for summer 2015:
There’s a whole different generation of food markets emerging all over Europe where the focus is on eating. Trucks and stalls are king. And cooking’s done for you – mostly. But are they harming the great and glorious tradition of European produce markets? No, all the best are still alive and well and happily selling fresh, locally sourced and seasonal just like always. Good news is you don’t have to choose. We’ve done some work for you and come up with the best street-food markets and the best produce markets in Europe at the moment. So, fuel up and be inspired, then buy up and go cook.
Berlin’s had a bit of a mixed relationship with food over the years. But it’s probably safe to say the sausage is no longer the all-powerful potentate it once was. Over the past two decades the city’s eating habits have changed and much of that can be credited to the stealthy invasion of amazing street food. If you want to see the revolution for yourself there is nowhere better than Berlin Village Market in Friedrichschain on a Sunday from noon. Pop-ups, trucks and stalls change week by week and details are posted on Facebook. What we can tell you for sure, is how good it always is, regardless of who’s cooking what and when.
Berlin Village Market
Okay, so there’s no getting away from how starry Spain’s most famous market is – Woody Allen’s on the website for goodness sake. But if you’re prepared not to go all backlash about it, you’ll find Boqueria is still simply a fantastic produce market. No amount of celebrity endorsement has made it even slightly complacent and the sheer variety of fresh food is staggering – not to mention the smells and tastes. And we know we’ve said it before, but remember skills are the new souvenirs. So with a few hours (or days) to fill in Barcelona you could think about taking cooking lessons. If you aren’t at this moment imagining yourself saying, ‘Oh it’s just a little tip I picked up at La Boqueria’, we’re impressed.
Spanish Cooking Workshop
This is London‘s oldest food market and if you’re serious about cooking while you’re in the city, it’s the place to go. Gourmet doesn’t quite describe the eclectic range of independent, artisan, slow, local and fresh food here but happily you are invited to taste almost constantly so you’ll get the hang of it fast. The full market’s open from 10am Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 8am on Saturday. If you go Monday or Tuesday you can’t shop but you can eat lunch and that’s nearly as good.
You can’t swing a baguette in Paris without hitting a food market. The city’s best organic market is on Boulevard Raspail in the 6e between 8 and 2pm every Sunday. If you want to shop in sight of the Eiffel Tower, hit Saxe Breteuil in the 7e on a Thursday and Saturday from 7 to 3pm. And if you need Parisian extravagance, even on a plate, you want Rue Montorgueil in the 2e most days from 9am. But for variety, value and keeping it real we always like Marché Bastille in the 11e. It’s a huge, proper produce market, the quality is superb and very competitive and if you go early you can spot canny Parisian chef’s choosing the day’s menu from what’s fresh here.
Open Thursday and Sunday 7am to 2.30pm Boulevard Richard Lenoir.
This vast, covered market is the oldest in Budapest and it’s incredible. Don’t be distracted by the touristy tat on the first floor, you really don’t need Bavarian lace table runners. Do be very, very distracted by the almost overwhelming number of food stalls on the ground floor and basement. They’re heaped with everything from the city’s best (and cheapest) fruit and vegetables to bits of animals you may wish you’d stayed blissfully ignorant about. Get over that, accept the Hungarians do ‘top to tail’ as standard and then just dive in. European market competition is stiff, but we have to admit Big Market Hall is right up there with the greats.
Open Monday to Friday 6am to 6pm and Saturday 7am to 2pm. Fõvám Tér (Kalvin Tér Metro).