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The 10 most integrated gastronomic markets in Europe

Musement has carried out a study to discover which are the most popular markets in Europe.

Savoring the local gastronomy is one of the best ways to discover the culture of a new destination. That is why it is not surprising that the markets are an essential part of any self-respecting travel itinerary.

In recent years, many cities have fully immersed themselves in the process of transforming the old neighborhood markets into authentic gastronomic paradises, to the taste and delight of lovers of good food.

But, which are the best known in Europe? Musement, the destination activity booking platform, has set out to find out, and to do so it has analyzed the number of mentions on Instagram from 99 markets across the continent and has made a ranking of the 50 most popular.

This is the top 10

1. Borough Market, London, 501,734 mentions

With over 500,000 mentions on the popular social network, Borough Market tops the rankings. Located in Southwark, a stone’s throw from landmarks such as London Bridge and the Tower of London, this Victorian covered market is the oldest and most famous in the city. Foodies will love the direct contact with the approximately 130 merchants who sell high-quality local and international products.

2. La Boqueria, Barcelona, ​​169,513 mentions

Spain takes a place on the podium thanks to the La Boquería market, located in second place. The iconic market, with its spectacular iron structure, is one of the most emblematic places in the city, and its 2,583 m² are home to more than 300 stalls full of color and flavor. Being located on the Rambla in Barcelona, ​​it has also become a very popular place among tourists who visit Barcelona.

3. Markthal, Rotterdam, 113,443 mentions

This beautiful covered market, which houses around 100 stalls, is one of the most prominent attractions in Rotterdam. Here you can buy and taste the freshest products, as well as countless delicacies from all over the world, from aromatic Brazilian coffee to extraordinary Dutch cheese.

But, in addition, Markthal is a real architectural gem. A good example of this is the enormous work of art known as The Horn of Plenty, which covers much of the roof of the market.

4. Viktualienmarkt, Munich, 85,462 mentions

Right in the center of Munich, Viktualienmarkt is a place full of life. Its more than 140 stalls sell fresh, organic and gourmet products, as well as fruit, flowers and cheese. Also, travelers who want to eat something quick or drink a good cold beer, will not find a better place.

5. Naschmarkt, Vienna, 76,859 mentions

Thanks to its wide range of international cuisine and numerous trendy venues, this well-known Vienna market has become a meeting point for young Viennese. In addition, it is one of the most outstanding tourist attractions, since many travelers come here to fully immerse themselves in its cozy atmosphere or to enjoy the emblematic Saturday market.

With more than 120 stalls and stores, it is possible to savor everything from Austrian specialties to Israeli dishes or organic food.

6. Torvehallerne, Copenhagen, 58,846 mentions

Torvehallerne’s beautiful conservatory is a riot of colour, packed with a huge selection of food items.

Copenhagen has become a reference gastronomic destination in recent years, so it is not surprising that one of the most famous markets in the country has made a place in the classification. One of the market’s star dishes is the Smorrebrod, the famous Danish open sandwich. The most typical version is with herring or salmon.

7. San Miguel Market, Madrid, 57,728 mentions

The most emblematic gastronomic market in Madrid receives some 10 million visitors a year. Opened in 1916, its beautiful iron architecture makes it one of the most photographed buildings in the city.

Beautiful on the outside and inside, inside it houses more than 20 stalls where you can taste high-quality Spanish products. One of the essential gastronomic experiences is the artisanal ice creams of Joan Roca, the famous chef with 3 Michelin stars.

8. Leadenhall Market, London, 54,984 mentions

Leadenhall Market is a truly magical place in the heart of London. In fact, its spectacular design served as the inspiration for Diagon Alley itself in the Harry Potter movies. Its beginnings date back to the 14th century, when it was mainly a meat market.

Today, its elegant interior is home to many trendy bars, shops and restaurants, making it a meeting point for both Londoners and travelers to the city, who come here also attracted by the wide selection international gastronomy.

9. Old Spitalfields Market, London, 51,704 mentions

Vintage clothing, tasty street food and art, with this explosive mix it’s no wonder Old Spitalfields Market has become an East London institution. In the place where this covered market is located, different types of markets have been held for more than 350 years.

Currently, in its 41 food and drink stalls you can buy everything from French crepes to Chinese dumplings or Neapolitan pizza, among many other wonders.

10. Kauppatori, Helsinki, 42,519 menciones

Helsinki’s Main Market Square (Kauppatori) hosts one of the largest markets in Finland. In addition to savoring some of the most typical products of the area, such as salmon or fresh herring, the square is very close to places of interest such as the Presidential Palace and the City Hall.

In addition, the ferry to the fortress of Suomenlinna and the island of Korkeasaari also leave from there.

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