- Miranda Nelson
One of the largest and oldest food markets in London, Borough Market has been in existence well before its first documentation in 1276. Fresh fare and exquisite baked goods make this a MUST–GO for anyone living or traveling in London. The full market is open Thursday–Saturday, and for lunch Monday through Wednesday. The offerings are something special: Parma ham that’s been cured for over 24 months, unpasteurized buffalo mozzarella made and flown in fresh from the small village of Carpaccio, Italy the night before, and bakeries that catch your nose from a mile away… And there is more: organic fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood stands, spice stalls, preserves – a whole stand dedicated to olives – and then there are the cafes and restaurants that make your mouth water as you walk by…Not only is the variety of available delicacies staggering, they also offer kitchen demonstration events for those who want to learn a little more about the food-preparation behind the stalls. You will leave will a full and stomach and a happy grin on your face!
Newton Food Centre
Opened in 1971 and then shut down in 2005 for a major renovation, Newton Food Centre reopened with a brand new face, summer of 2006, and has since popped up on bucket lists, all over the globe. Favored by locals and tourists alike, this market place is worth experiencing if you’re in the mood to eat like the locals. Offering a variety of mainly Singaporean food (a lot of seafood), one can find anything from fresh stingray, to soursop and many other local delicacies. Make sure to try the barbecued seafood and the famous aromatic chili crab – a favorite among, well, everyone! Newton Food Centre, with its many food options, isn’t just a place to venture to simply get your fill of yummy food. With over 50 species of flowers scattered around – including the pretty pink frangipani – you’ll enjoy the ambiance of the outdoor seating, whilst you chow down.
Brooklyn, New York
If you’re looking to experience something quintessentially New York and hip, Smorgasburg is a great place to spend a Saturday in the sun with good friends and great eats. But make sure to bring an empty stomach– there is a staggering selection of various cuisines to try, with names that will likely make you chuckle. Popular stalls include: Brooklyn Oyster Party, Crazy Legs (chicken wings), Cutie Pies (artisanal homemade pies), Bossa Nova Chicken Burgers, We Rub You (yes, this is the name of a delicious Korean Barbeque sauce!), and Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut. You will find an eclectic crowd of people from all boroughs, all eager to try the latest in Brooklyn’s finest. If you’re looking for something sweeter, the doughnuts at Dough are revered by fans that come every weekend to savor these local devilishly sugary delights that are, ‘fried in Bed Stuy’. Smorgasburg is open Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in DUMBO at 30 Water St, from 11am to 6pm (through November 23rd), so make sure to check it out if you’re visiting The Big Apple. And if you’re a New Yorker who has yet to venture, do so this weekend without hesitation – your tummy will be glad you did!