5 Beautiful Food Halls Around the World
2018 is definitely shaping up to be the year that market halls in London come of age. With the opening of three new venues under the Market Hall brand, our new local favourite Mare Street Market right below our office, and Ichiba, the Japanese food hall opening in Westfield London there’s plenty of evidence that we’re moving on as a city from the established torchbearers such as Dinerama and Hawker House at the trendy end of the spectrum, and The Ned at the luxury end of the market.
It’s interesting to see operators’ different approaches to curating their offerings, some including strong retail elements whilst others focus firmly on eating and drinking on site in vast communal seating areas.
Whatever the approach, these developments in the market are signalling a shift in the way consumers want to eat and drink out at a time when the casual end of the restaurant market is seeing its biggest shake-up in years.
We’ll be watching this space closely over the coming months, but in the meantime we’ve had a scout around the world and taken a look at some food hall inspirations in other cities.
This is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. Besides an excellent food hall (Foodhallen) with a great variety of food options, there is also a cinema, craft shop, bike shop, hair dressing academy amongst other cool concept stores. Originally a tram shed, the building is now a hub for culture, fashion, food and crafts.
After being wrecked by hurricane Katrina and following a three year refurbishment, St. Roch Market has reopened its doors in its original location and is stronger than ever. With its high ceilings, white walls and original steel columns, this market leaves us speechless in terms of design. But also, whether it is artisanal grab-and-go goods, gourmet groceries from local vendors, or craft cocktails, this market has it all in terms of local and delicious food, drinks and goods. A must-visit in New Orleans.
This is an oldie, but when it comes to Spanish food, the food hall in San Miguel is the best option to try it all. From boquerones, to jamon and manchego to paella, you can find a seat and eat fresh products with a great glass of sangria.
With numerous cafes, restaurants and counters full of fresh produce, this market is the best for trying Swedish delicacies. But besides outstanding food, this market from the 1880’s is keeping up with an industry that is revolving more rapidly than ever and is currently going through a landmark renovation that we’re sure will be amazing.
Besides the more famous Markthall in Rotterdam that we all know due to its outstanding architecture, there is a more crafty and more local market worth visiting. In a warehouse by the waterside, Fenix Food Factory is home to fresh local products prepared for you on the spot as well as other craft products such as cider, beer and cheeses.
What are the most beautiful food halls or markets that you have been to? Get in touch!