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CurlyCanadian 05-16-2012 07:06 AM

Top 10 Food Markets
According to National Geographic.

Top 10 Food Markets -- National Geographic

I've been to 4 of them, but adding the other 6 to my bucket list of must see places!!!

Gretchen 05-16-2012 07:50 AM

Impressive! I don't think I've been to any of them, though I'd like to. They all sound amazing.

CurlyCanadian 05-16-2012 07:54 AM


Originally Posted by Gretchen (Post 1954740)
They all sound amazing.

Don't they!!! That would be the ultimate foodie trip :love7:

rouquinne 05-16-2012 08:46 AM

#1 was my regular shopping place when i lived in downtown Toronto.

but they don't mention my favourite: Byward Market in Ottawa... *sigh*

jeepcurlygurl 05-16-2012 08:53 AM

I love seeing those places on tv, but would probably not have a good time if I went to them in person. They are just so big! It would be overwhelming.
I have a hard time at the big farmers markets around here. I don't even like going to a mall!
But you guys (and the Food Network) can tell me of your adventures.

CurlyCanadian 05-16-2012 09:02 AM


Originally Posted by rouquinne (Post 1954757)

but they don't mention my favourite: Byward Market in Ottawa... *sigh*

Is that where the flower market is? That place was AMAZING!!!!!!!

CurlyCanadian 05-16-2012 09:06 AM

Jeepy...if you're ever in Vancouver check out the Granville market. I think its my favorite and so well laid out that it's not crazy!

Granville Island Public Market | Granville Island

rouquinne 05-16-2012 09:14 AM

yes, all the flower vendors set up there. my sister and i would go and buy all our plants there and drag them home to our 19th floor balcony garden! :D

there are 2 specialty cheese shops, delis from Hungary, Italy, and Poland, 3 permanent fruit and vegetable markets in addition to the local farmers who are in situ from May through October (and some of them sell xmas trees and wreaths at the outdoor stalls in December!), several bakeries (including Le Moulin de Provence where President Obama shopped on his whirlwind visit to the city after his election), 2 butchers, specialty tea shops, and restaurants to meet almost every food craving you've ever had!!!!

(yes, i obviously miss the place - a LOT!!!)

Saria 05-16-2012 09:20 AM

Union Square is big, but it's pretty straightforward. There's no confusion to be had. It's just a park and vendors are lined up along one part of it.
The bigger issue is how crowded it is, but then, I avoid that by going on Mondays and Wednesdays and even Fridays. Saturdays are rough. Saturdays are perfect for going to the calm, cool Sunnyside greenmarket where you don't have to get there super-early to get things like sour cherries when they're in season, or squash blossoms. :D

CurlyCanadian 05-16-2012 09:26 AM

We shopped there for the flowers for my sisters wedding. I walked around in awe all day!

ursula 05-16-2012 11:35 AM

What, no Africa or Middle East? Only one in Asia?

Saria 05-16-2012 11:53 AM

I sort of figured that really famous Moroccan market was going to be in there, though some say it's a hellish experience.

CurlyCanadian 05-16-2012 11:59 AM


Originally Posted by Saria (Post 1954893)
I sort of figured that really famous Moroccan market was going to be in there, though some say it's a hellish experience.

Marrakech? (sp?)

Crowds don't usually bother me, but this was just overwhelming. I had to leave, just too much going on.

Another really good one is in Melbourne. Victoria market maybe? We bought so much food, then just went to a park and had a picnic.....soooo good!

Saria 05-16-2012 12:11 PM

Yes, a lot of people say they get hassled there to buy stuff and that the experience is stressful even if the market itself is amazing.

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