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China Café in The Grand Central Food Market. Photo: Amparo Rios
China Café in The Grand Central Food Market. Photo: Amparo Rios

Food & Drink

Eat like a local – Fantastic food experiences

The food markets where local people buy their groceries are usually the best places to get to know a country’s food culture and they can often throw up a genuine culinary experience.

Mercado Gastronómico San Juan

The Mallorquins love food, and one place to enjoy their cuisine is in the gastronomic market San Juan which opened last year in an old slaughterhouse. With 17 food stalls, there are plenty of local delicacies to choose from including: fresh seafood, the famous tortilla española, and fideuá – the Balearic version of paella made from pasta instead of rice. You can also find sushi as well as different kinds of tapas. If you just fancy a drink, pop by the market’s cocktail bar or enjoy something refreshing on the terrace. Check out San Juan’s calendar for current events such as live music, wine tastings, and food courses.

Mercado Gastronómico San Juan

Carrer de l'Emperadriu Eugènia, 6, 07010 Palma

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The best of California

The Grand Central Food Market, which opened in 1917, showcases the best ingredients from California. Here you can meet local vendors, buy organic souvenirs, and enjoy anything from a Berlin curry wurst, a Vietnamese banh mi or fresh seafood from one of the food stalls. This year will see the opening of a tasting ­bar from Golden Road Brewing, a Los Angeles-based craft brewery that will offer 20 beers on tap along with pierogi and other snacks. Keep an eye on the event program if you’re visiting Los Angeles – this place is a dynamic food hub that reflects the city’s soul in a foodie way.

The Grand Central Food Market

317 South Broadway, Los Angeles

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Hot spot with a heritage

Lisbon’s main food market Mercado da Ribeira, with roots back to the 13th century, was transformed into a culinary hot spot in 2014 in cooperation with Time Out magazine. The new Mercado da Ribeira is worth more than one stop during your Lisbon visit and you won’t leave hungry. The market shelters some of the most-loved food names in Lisbon such as the Conserveira de Lisboa, Lisbon’s most iconic canned goods retailer, and Henrique Sá Pessoa, a Portuguese celebrity chef who has his own TV show.

Mercado da Ribeira

Avenida 24 de Julho, Lisbon

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Marché des enfants rouge

This market is a hidden Parisian gem, named after the 17th century orphanage that used to occupy the site. The orphanage was closed before the French Revolution and later became a food market. In 2000 the wooden edifice was renovated into a more modern market where locals love to buy their fresh fruit, veggies, fish, and more. There’s also a restaurant section where hungry visitors can choose to eat dishes from basically all over the world including some French classics, such as freshly made crepes.

Marché des enfants rouge

39 rue de Bretagne, 3e arrondissement, Paris

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