THE MOST UNIQUE FOOD MARKETS IN THE WORLD
Ergon House, Greece
Situated at the foot of the Acropolis in the historical heart of Athens, Ergon House is a heaven for food enthusiasts, complete with ‘rooms above the inn’. We have conceived a spectacular marketplace, a modern-day Agora with a constellation of greengrocers, a butcher’s, fishmonger’s and bakery, a delicatessen and roastery, along with a bar and restaurant which celebrate the best of Greek cuisine culture.
La Boqueria, Spain
La Boqueria is the most famous market in Barcelona worldwide. It is in the center of the city of Barcelona. This is a place where visitors love to spend an hour or so feasting the senses. The Boqueria’s grand iron entrance leads to a fully functioning world of food that throngs with both tourists and locals. The floors are slippery with melted ice and fruit skins and the stall holders are loud, but this all adds to the charm of the experience.
La Merced, Mexico City
This gigantic market, Mexico City’s largest, occupies four whole blocks dedicated to the buying and selling of daily needs, with photogenic displays of spices, chilies and every fresh Mexican foodstuff imaginable, from ant larvae to candied fruit. An atmospheric eating area serves all varieties of fresh tacos, moles and tlacoyos (pork- or cheese-filled oval tortillas).
Eliseevsky Store in Moscow, Russia
The famous grocery store Eliseevsky was opened in 1901 and it is still the most known shop in Moscow. Named in honour of its former owner Grigory Eliseev, the store became famous not only for its big variety of products, but mainly for luxurious decoration of sales areas in Neo-Baroque style. Huge crystal chandeliers reminding of bunches of grapes decorate high arches of the sales area.
Each Sunday, in this highland Andean town, villagers in native dress drink chicha and haggle for brightly dyed alpaca and countless varieties of beans and potatoes while a brass band plays in the background. Trading is carried out as it has been for centuries: Lake Titicaca’s Aymara Indians barter corn for freeze-dried potatoes with Central Valley Quechua- speakers.