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Best food markets in the world? The kinds with multiple vendors?

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Best food markets in the world? The kinds with multiple vendors?

tastyjon | | Sep 1, 2008 12:26 AM

If you were to plan an international trip based on cities with great, daily markets, what are some good candidates?

The type of market in mind is the more permanent variety, but with multiple independent vendors... not a once-weekly farmer's market (but similar in offerings). For example, Boqueria in Barcelona, or Grand Central in downtown Los Angeles.

There might be a few butchers, some seafood folks, produce vendors, etc. I seem to recall a central market in Swansea, Wales, for example, when we'd visit my Grandma as a kid. Lava bread, pancakes, cockles, welsh cakes, cheese, fish & chips, etc. were all served up by individual vendors.

I ask because this type of operation seems a thing of the past in many decentralized cities where suburban markets/vendors (under one owner) fill most needs. So I'm guessing the better ones that are still going strong have some tradition, are central to their city, and haven't been convereted to condos!

Thoughts?

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