Europe's Best Food Markets

February 19, 2016

Give your taste buds a treat and eat like a local at Europe's best food markets.

From fresh seafood and artisan cheeses to home-baked pastries and hand-made pies; Europe's best food markets offer a feast for visitors. Perfect for breakfast on the go or a casual lunch, we round up the best markets for foodies.

La Boqueria, Barcelona

Pastries at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

La Boqueria has become one of Europe's best-loved foodie hotspots - and with good reason. Located in the Ciutat Vella district, this massive outdoor market, adjacent to Las Ramblas, serves up plenty of options; from oysters and grilled prawns to fresh salads and local breads. A popular spot for lunch, the market is also dotted with several reasonably priced restaurants and bars.

Borough Market, London

Flans at Borough Market in London

Moments from London's Southbank, Borough Market is one of the city's top places for food on the go. On weekends thousands of visitors flock to the hundreds of stalls, which sell everything from kangaroo burgers to locally produced cheeses. There are plenty of free samples on offer too; get there early to avoid the queues.

Cours Saleya, Nice

Cours Saleya Flower and Vegetable Market in Nice

Although this market is predominantly famous for its flowers, it also doubles up as a fruit, vegetable and fish market. Here, you'll find some of the best fresh seafood in the Mediterranean; buy from the knowledgeable fishmongers who can advise you how to prepare and cook, or take-away a ready-made lunch plate. The fruit on offer is sublime; juicy oranges, figs and peaches are all available for reasonable prices.

Le Marché Raspail, Paris

Cured Meats on Sale at Le Marché Raspail in Paris

In the heart of Paris' chi-chi Left Bank, Le Marché Raspail is a firm favourite with trendy Parisians and food-loving tourists. Only selling organic produce, this Sunday market features both French and international sellers, including Italian cheese-makers and English bakers. If your budget doesn't stretch to a weekly shop, visit early for a cheap(ish) takeaway breakfast.

Naschmarkt, Vienna

Traditional Austrian Sausage at Naschmarkt in Vienna

Dating back over 200 years, Naschmarket in Austria is Vienna's biggest, most diverse food market. Alongside traditional Austrian fare (such as schnizel, sauerkraut and goulash) vistors can enjoy a huge array of European and global cuisines, including Turkish, Japanese and African. Don't leave without trying Kaiserschmarren, a national sweet desert of caramalised pancake.

Kauppatori, Helsinki

Outdoor cooking at Kauppatori Market in Helsinki

From spring to autumn Helsinki's Kauppatori (which means Market Square in Finnish) comes alive with the sights and smells of Finland's biggest food fair. Serving up a range of national favourites, including grilled makkara (sausage) and herring, much of the food is cooked outside on large open fires. There are also stalls selling local crafts and, rather bizarrely, a display of vintage American cars which takes place every Friday.

Viktualienmarkt, Munich

Fresh Fruit at Munich's Viktualienmarkt

Located in the heart of Munich, this one-time farmers market has evolved into a popular gourmet hotspot. Selling everything from puddings to pies it attracts a quirky, youngish crowd. Being Munich, the market comes complete with a beer garden that can seat one hundred; grab a pint and enjoy a Bavarian themed lunch.

Mercado Central – Valencia

Mercado Central in Valencia is located in a Historic Building

Considered by many to be one of the oldest markets in Europe, Valencia's indoor market is today home to over 400 stallholders, all housed in a historic building. Used daily by locals (get here before 2pm) Mercado Central has a non-touristy feel and is particularly famous for its fresh vegetables and meat selection. There are several bars around the edge of the market which serve cold beer and tapas.

Siobhan Brewood-Wyatt After a Masters in Comparative Literature, Siobhan worked for several big-name travel companies before joining travioor. She has been hooked on travel since her teens and her biggest adventure is booking flights from Rome to Rio after a few too many beers.