Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
A place where one can shop and have a cultural adventure. This post starts from the lost of the TOP 10 food markets in Europe published by the British daily The Guardian and then picked up by the super up-to-date blog la Cucina del Corriere della Sera. On the highest step of the podium one finds the Markthall in Rotterdam, a spectacular tunnel with a very coloured ceiling under which are stores, restaurants and food stalls. It is so big that in the tunnel walls homes have been created. A similar location is sensational in a port city that is not very attractive, because of a very serious lifestyle, the modern architecture which is beautiful but sometimes a bit extravagant, the humid climate …. Merkthall is a foodie temple, a spurt of life that might change the cities profile
In second position we find the Dalston market, famous for the street food festival in the cool area in London.
Follows Kauppatori historic open air market in the Helsinki port, where it is possible to buy very fresh fish. In the top p 10there are also places that I have seen recently such as Östermalms Saluhall in Stockholm and Torvehallerne in
Copenhagen. A gastronomic offer that cannot be missed buy on the whole nothing to be compared to the Barcelona market which on the other hand has been left out by the The Guardian ratings. The Spanish Boqueria is a temple for gluttons it contains Michelin starred restaurants and is the second attraction in Barcelona after the Sagrada Família. It tells of a civilisation, a story such as the Vucciria in Palermo, how can we forget such places!
The article in The Guardian calls for a reflection on the growth in importance of food as an entertainment and on typical foods as touristic attractions. The market as an alternative to the cold supermarket, slow shopping compared to quick with a trolley and pre-packed foods. The market for the aromas, the flavours, because it is a place where one talks food and learns how to eat and even how to cook. So the market is not only a place for savings, but a place for food excellencies where the artisans of salami, cheese cakes…reach the public directly from their workshops. For this reason tourists like markets so much and for this reason a lunch at the market is so exciting and so much fun.