The list includes a high proportion of fantastic food markets that can be visited when river cruising in Europe, including those in Paris, Vienna, Berlin and Budapest. All of the food markets named by the Guardian offer the perfect opportunity to try local cuisine, while also purchasing gifts for those at home and soaking up the culture.
One of the newest and most spectacular to be included in the top ten is Rotterdam’s Markthal, which opened its doors to the public in October and is the very first indoor market for the city. Housed in a €175 million building designed by Dutch architects MVRDV, the Guardian describes the market as a ‘sensory explosion’ due to the colourful murals painted on the walls, combined with the aromas of the produce on display.
A mix of contemporary and quintessential markets
Next to appear on the list is Berlin’s Village Market, which is renowned for its modern take on the traditional food market. Those attending will find stalls selling frozen yoghurt and pulled pork burgers, which is a welcome change from the regular products you may find at your average market.
Vienna’s Naschmarkt follows closely behind, and is located just outside The Secession art gallery, offering an outdoor dining experience. Food ranges from traditional Austrian dishes, such as pancakes and schnitzels, to Middle Eastern delicacies.
The Great Market Hall in Budapest is another remarkable building, which is described in the article as an ‘explosion of styles’, mixing the look of a Turkish mosque with a French railway station. This market hall was designed by a Hungarian architect named Samu Pecz, with defining features including its interior ironwork and intricate exterior decoration. In terms of food, this Budapest market is renowned for its Hungarian Lángos, which is a deep-friend dough topped with sour cream and cheese.
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