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25 Food Halls and Markets That Offer a Taste of Something for Everyone

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Public markets where vendors sell produce, prepared foods, and other goods have always served as community gathering places and hubs of edible commerce. Nowadays, food halls, a similar concept that brings together local restaurants and food stalls in one space, have become popular all over the country as a new evolution of the public market. They are destinations for food lovers of all kinds, and usually offer a diverse range of meals, snacks, and even events like cooking demonstrations and live music. Next time you're exploring a new city, check out this list of vibrant public markets and food halls both old and new.

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Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia
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Reading Terminal Market | Philadelphia

Housed in an 1893 National Historic Landmark building, Reading Terminal Market is one of the most well known food halls on this list, and rightly so. You can try all kinds of local specialties here, like DiNic's roast pork and greens sandwich, or opt for something from another part of the world like the Peking duck from Sang Kee. Sign up for a Taste of Philly food tour to give you a better handle on everything they have to offer.

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Eataly, New York City
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Eataly | Multiple Locations

Eataly's original location is in Turin, Italy, and now its six U.S. locations are considered a wonderland of Italian food and drink. The 50,000-square-foot NYC location combines elements of grocery and retail, restaurants, bars, and European markets for an experience where you can fill up on porchetta on the rooftop patio before taking home some freshly made mozzarella. Sign up for a wine and prosciutto pairing class or take a guided tour of the market complete with food tastings.

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Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Midtown Global Market | Minneapolis

Opened in 2006, Midtown Global Market is a vibrant community center dedicated to furthering the businesses and culture of immigrants in Minneapolis. Entrepreneurs of many ethnicities operate restaurants, produce stalls and art booths in what had been a vacant Sears building. Grab a torta filled with milanesa, avocado, and beans, or an "Induritto," a burrito of Indian ingredients like pork vindaloo wrapped in roti instead of a tortilla.

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Eastern Market, Detroit
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Eastern Market | Detroit

The Eastern Market is a massive, multi-block group of markets, restaurants, retail, and community spaces that's been operating since 1841. Different markets are available on different days, like the Sunday market with artists, events, festivals and food trucks, and the Saturday market which is a more traditional farmers market with lots of produce vendors. When you're hungry, grab a slice of thin crust pizza from Supino's or hit up Bert's for barbecue and burgers.

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Mercantile and Mash, Charleston
Mercantile and Mash

Mercantile and Mash | Charleston, South Carolina

The "Mercantile" of Mercantile and Mash refers to the gourmet food hall up front, while Mash is the name of the whiskey bar in the back of this converted cigar warehouse. Take a load off and order a spicy chicken biscuit or tuna salad melt, then pick up some rotisserie meats, grab-and-go meals, pastries, charcuterie, and handmade pasta for dinner this week. Come back with friends to take advantage of the shuffleboard and bocce courts at Mash.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
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Faneuil Hall Marketplace | Boston

Probably the most historically significant market in the country, Faneuil Hall was first established in 1742 and has been the site of countless important political events, earning it the nickname "the Cradle of Liberty." Today there are 70+ retailers, 40+ office tenants, 11 restaurants, and 30+ international food vendors in the Quincy Market Food colonnade. You can get everything from New England clam chowder to enchiladas and watch a family-friendly puppet show while you eat.

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Legacy Hall, Plano
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Legacy Hall | Plano, Texas

There are more than two dozen food stalls and restaurants at Legacy Hall, a chic new venue, along with two craft cocktail bars, a wine bar, and a brewery located on the third floor. Try the fried chicken from Roots Chicken Shak, where everything is fried in duck fat, or a Belgian-style waffle from Press Waffle Co. An outdoor stage called the Box Garden hosts live music and sporting events on a giant TV for up to 1,500 people.

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Crossroads Collective, Milwaukee
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Crossroads Collective | Milwaukee

Located in an historic building that used to house Oriental Drugs, a Milwaukee institution pharmacy and lunch counter, Crossroads Collective is a modern food hall and bar. You can get everything from handmade pappardelle with bolognese at Egg & Flour Pasta Bar to beef brisket and greens at Heaven's Table BBQ. Head to the alley to find the secret entrance to Shanghai, a speakeasy with new takes on classic cocktails like the Singapore sling.

Pike Place Market, Seattle

Pike Place Market | Seattle

Encompassing a massive 9 acres, Pike Place Market opened in 1907, making it one of the oldest continuously operating farmer's markets in the U.S. The fish market, where vendors theatrically throw whole fish to each other, is still a main attraction, but there are also produce vendors, specialty foods, cafes, craft shops, and bars. You can visit the first Starbucks store, listen to buskers perform, and even visit the unofficial mascot, Rachel the bronze pig.

Liberty Public Market, San Diego

Liberty Public Market | San Diego

The aisles between vendors at Liberty Public Market feel enclosed and cozy, making things seem a little more crowded than they are. Once you get your snacks from the 30+ vendors, head to the spacious mess hall or the outdoor lawn where you can breathe a little. French crepes filled with Nutella and fresh fruit are a favorite, as is an ahi tuna salad with wasabi aioli. Check out live music on the patio on Tuesday nights.

Ponce City Market, Atlanta
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Ponce City Market | Atlanta

Modeled after the legendary Chelsea Market in Manhattan, Ponce City Market is a sprawling food hall in a revamped historic building. Some of the roughly three dozen food vendors are sit-in restaurants, some offer grab-and-go options, and some offer retail food sales. Snack on a hot dog dressed with crispy pancetta and fried egg at Drafts+Dogs or fried fish from W. H. Stiles Fish Camp from the James Beard Award-winning chef Anne Quatrano.

The Bottling Department, San Antonio
The Bottling Department

The Bottling Department | San Antonio

Part of a mixed use development called The Pearl, The Bottling Department is a food hall with vendors that are committed to sourcing fresh, local ingredients. It's not the biggest hall on the list, but the storefronts are adorable and the food is top notch. Start with a patty melt at Fletcher's Hamburgers, then share some shoyu ramen from Tenko Ramen. If you've somehow got room for dessert, get a fried peach pie at Maybelle's Donuts.

West Side Market, Cleveland
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West Side Market | Cleveland

Cleveland's oldest continuously operating municipally owned market, West Side Market is housed in a beautiful century-old building with a 44-foot ceiling and a formidable clock tower. A grid-like layout makes it simple to navigate through rows of butchers, cafes, and delis. International foods are the norm here, including everything from Cambodian stuffed chicken wings to Middle Eastern falafel. Don't miss the pierogies at Pierogi Palace or the apple fritters at K&K Bakery.

Easton Public Market, Easton, Pennsylvania
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Easton Public Market | Easton, Pennsylvania

An extension of the Easton Farmers Market which has been operating since 1752, the Easton Public Market is a hall that combines Old World grocers with a modern dining experience through food stands, butchers, demonstration kitchen, and gathering spaces. Stop at Mister Lee's Noodles for a bowl of ramen or try a mahi mahi burrito at Taylor Taco Shop. While you're there, sign up for a cooking class for yourself or with your kids.

Auction House Market, New Orleans
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Auction House Market | New Orleans

The small but mighty Auction House Market is on the lower level of a brand new development. It feels a little like a secret garden in a bright white space lit with skylights and hanging greenery and plants all around the main marble bar. It's a chic space to chow down on an eclectic mix of salmon poke bowls, Gulf shrimp po'boys, empanadas, and potato-filled dosas. Don't miss the bar's happy hour with $6 cocktails and beer.

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Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Shirokiya Japan Village Walk | Honolulu, Hawaii

Located in a mall, the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk is a food hall modeled after a Japanese town. The maze of four dozen food and retail stalls feels like a dreamy wonderland, with paper lanterns, mood lighting, and cherry blossoms hanging over the dining tables. You can try all kinds of Japanese foods here, including beef katsu sandwiches, bento boxes, okonomiyaki, curry, and yakitori.

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Eden Center, Falls Church, Virginia
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Eden Center | Falls Church, Virginia

Eden Center is a food hall and market dedicated to Vietnamese food and businesses. It started out as a strip mall in 1984, but has since added enclosed food halls to the mix for a total of over 120 different vendors. It's impossible to wander down any of the halls and not find something delicious to eat, but banh mi in crisp baguettes are always a go-to and easy to munch on while you shop.

Grand Central Market, Los Angeles

Grand Central Market | Los Angeles

Though there are plenty of trendy new food halls opening in L.A., Grand Central Market is still the stalwart when it comes to grabbing a quick, tasty and eclectic meal among countless charming neon signs. China Cafe is an iconic market stall with Chinese-American classics like wonton soup and fried rice, and Sarita's Pupuseria stuffs the handmade pupusas with a dozen different fillings. You'll also find plenty of newer vendors alongside the longtime favorites, including Horsethief BBQ for brisket, Sticky Rice for excellent Thai dishes, and Kismet for modern Middle Eastern fare. The market also hosts weekly events, including trivia nights, live jazz, and more. Get there on the Metro Red or Purple lines, or use the Market's parking garage.

Pine Street Market, Portland, Oregon
Pine Street Market

Pine Street Market | Portland, Oregon

One of the more recent openings on this list, Pine Street Market features nine of Portland's best chefs with stalls in an updated food court-like setting with communal tables and strings of trendy Edison bulbs. The smashed burgers topped with gooey American cheese at Bless Your Heart are a standout, as is the Korean street food and Southern barbecue mashup menu served at Kim Jong Smokehouse.

The Pizitz Food Hall, Birmingham
The Pizitz Food Hall

The Pizitz Food Hall | Birmingham, Alabama

The Pizitz Food Hall is a modern, airy space in an historic building with two restaurants, a dozen food stalls, a bar, and some retail shops. Try a mouth watering goat cheese, pecan and honey biscuit or a plate of momo, a Nepalese dumpling. There are also events like yoga classes, live music, and a dog-friendly happy hour on the patio to keep you busy.

The Denver Central Market, Denver
The Denver Central Market

The Denver Central Market | Denver

The Denver Central Market is a combination food hall and marketplace with bakeries, cafes, fishmongers, butchers, and restaurants. It's spacious, but it feels quaint and welcoming in its 1920s industrial building. Enjoy a rotisserie chicken from SK Provisions, or they'll pack it up as part of a full meal to take home, then stop at Temper Chocolate for some confections on your way out.

Aster Hall, Chicago
Aster Hall

Aster Hall | Chicago

Located on the fifth and sixth floors above a Michigan Avenue shopping mall, you may feel underdressed when you walk into the elegant Aster Hall. But don't worry, as it's a favorite spot to take a load off and relax. There are 16 vendors and a full bar that serves everything from sushi to Italian sub sandwiches. You can also grab a famed Au Cheval cheeseburger from Small Cheval without waiting in line for hours.

Nashville Farmers' Market
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Nashville Farmers' Market | Nashville, Tennessee

The Nashville Farmers' Market is a hybrid market: Outdoor stalls sell mostly produce, plants, and other goods, while the indoor Market House is a food hall. About 20 different vendors offer cuisine from around the world, including the ever-popular Jamaicaway jerk chicken and curried goat. There's also an incubator kitchen for startups, pop-ups, and cooking classes called Grow Local Kitchen.

Chelsea Market, New York City, New York

Chelsea Market | New York

Chelsea Market is an iconic food hall and gathering place, so much so that other markets on this list are modeled after it. Six million people visit it every year, and they all get a mouthful (or many) of good eats from spots like Very Fresh Noodles and The Lobster Place. There's also office space for business like the Food Network and MLB, retail stores, and even a section of the High Line, the elevated park on the former New York Central Railroad, which runs through one of the buildings.

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Green Jeans Farmery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Green Jeans Farmery

Green Jeans Farmery | Albuquerque, New Mexico

Constructed entirely of recycled shipping containers, Green Jeans Farmery is an indoor and outdoor collection of food vendors, shops, bars and hangout spots complete with giant fire pit. It's got a quirky, avant garde style with lots of color and artwork. It houses a microbrewery, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza spot, creamery with nitrogen ice cream, organic juice bar, and even a medical marijuana dispensary.