Ota is the most unique produce market I have ever visited: few signs, little on display, no crowds of frenzied shoppers, no shouting, no aromas. Like so much in Japan, you need to know where you're going and what you're looking for to have a successful trip. Here's how to make the most out of your visit.
Given the beautiful selection of fresh and prepared goods, it's no wonder that the open-air Santa Monica farmers market attracts over one million shoppers a year. But it's more than just the quality produce, meats, and dairy that makes this particular market so popular—adjacent to the highly trafficked Third Street Promenade and a mere three blocks from the Pacific ocean, the location is prime. See what's on offer in the slideshow!
When you're an American expat living oversees, sometimes you just gotta have your pancakes. And if you're an American (or American cuisine sympathizer) living in Spain, Taste of America is there to scratch that itch.
Step inside the incredible visual world of the Bastille Market in Paris, home to gorgeous produce, meat, cheese, pastries, fish, and oh-so-much more.
Most tourists are too busy admiring the ornate pastel buildings of seaside Gdansk, Poland to visit the massive Market Hall just a few blocks away. Reminiscent of a nineteenth century train station, crowned with a wrought iron and glass roof, it houses an overwhelming selection of food vendors. You can fulfill your Polish food fantasies for paczki, herring, kabanosy sausages, and every variety of E. Wedel chocolate, all in one place.
LA's Grand Central Market is back, with more gourmet offerings than ever before.
As Tokyo's legendary Tsukiji fish market prepares to move in 2015, we pay a visit to the tuna bidders inside and discover some of the lesser-known vendors just outside of the main market. Plus, sushi for breakfast!
Di Bruno Brothers, a Philly fixture since FDR was in office, celebrated the grand opening of its newest location late last week by showing off what they did best—hawking rare Euro cheeses, stretching and braiding mozzarella by hand and, in a fit of D.O.P.-approved pyromania, filling wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano with flaming brandy for on-the-spot cheese sauce. Such showmanship is of a piece with the brand's dedication to customer service, which its owners will tell you is the key to it all. Click through the slideshow to take a tour of the market!
Talking shrimp, natural disasters, fishing and more with Wayne Hebert, a veteran seafood seller at Westwego Shrimp Lot, a no-frills seafood market outside of New Orleans.
It was day five of their cross-country road trip when Kerry and David Nelson rolled into Salida, Colorado. They'd just taken a year off from their life in Philly to travel the country, and finding a place in the Southwest where they could eventually lay down roots wasn't far from their minds. It turned out to be an easier process than they could've imagined—for the Nelsons, Salida had it all: a thriving, receptive community, an active arts scene, and a stunning mountain vista.
Often referred to as "the people's market," the Alemany Farmers' market is the oldest in California and home to a trove of Southeast Asian vegetables and surprise specialties you won't find anywhere else in San Francisco. Prices are low, and the crowd doesn't mess around.
DC has no shortage of farmers markets, but great flea markets are few and far between. That's why we're so excited about District Flea, a new sister market to Brooklyn Flea in New York, with 20-odd food vendors on site to fuel the bargain and treasure-hunting masses.
Findlay Market is Cincinnati's oldest continuously running public market, and with some serious revitalization it's now also the most exciting place to source local meat, fish, and produce. In the summer, the market teams with farmers and outdoor merchants. Even in the dead of winter, though, there are great eats to be found. We took a tour of the offerings inside, to help you get through the coming months.
On Saturdays and Sundays, a cluster of vendors appear behind El Gran Mercado on Pleasant Valley Road in Southeast Austin. They huddle under a network of tents and tarps that just barely shields the compact market from the intense sunlight. Here, you'll find things like cowboy boots, phone cases, toys, and even used cars—and some of the best Mexican food vendors in town.
Farmers and food makers from the Bay Area and beyond show off their best produce and specialty items at Saturday's Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.
Cincinnati's restaurant scene may still have a little ways to go, but their market scene is already stellar. There are farmers markets everywhere—several daily—with plenty of farmers and home "cottage" businesses to supply them. Since we couldn't pay a visit to each and every one, we ultimately settled on the popular and highly recommended Hyde Park market. See the produce and goods on offer in the slideshow!
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer, the national-award-winning U-District market distinguishes itself with an enormous selection of goods, from traditional crock-fermented kim chi and the highly regarded Rainier cherry, to fresh, whole salmon and a bounty of bivalves.
I'm always amazed by the growth at the Logan Square Farmers' Market. Each year adds more farmers and vendors, and it's now to the point where stands are lined up along Logan Boulevard from the corner of Milwaukee Avenue to Whipple St.
The Yamashiro Farmers Market is awfully romantic. Perched directly beneath the Asian restaurant of the same name in the Hollywood Hills, the market boasts one of the most beautiful views in Los Angeles.
The weekend-only Mercado Olympic in downtown Los Angeles offers fantastic regional Mexican cuisine.