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The days of sitting down at a table and ordering from a waiter or waitress to eat are long gone.

From food trucks to food festivals, there are dozens of new ways to enjoy your favorite eats without trying to score a hard-to-get dinner reservation. And the hottest new trend in gastronomy? Food halls.

For a long time, these giant spaces filled with multiple food and drink vendors selling everything from charcuterie to viral desserts were pretty much found exclusively in the biggest, trendiest cities across the US. However, food halls, markets, and fancy food courts are opening up all over the place now, with emphasis on local vendors, fresh ingredients, and sometimes even with their very own celebrity chefs.  

We’ve rounded up 27 of the best food halls around the country to add to your travel bucket list, from Chelsea Market in New York to Market House in Nashville, along with must-eat dining suggestions for each.

Chelsea Market, New York

This urban market boasts 54 food and drink vendors and restaurants, including a secret bar in the basement called the Tippler. 

Must-eat culinary highlights — Any of the sandwiches at the Num Pang sandwich shop, which offers gourmet, meaty twists on the Southeast Asian bahn-mi. If you want to sit down, try a four-course pasta-tasting meal at Giovanni Rana. 

Chicago French Market, Chicago

This year-round indoor European-style food market located in Chicago’s West Loop has more than 30 food, drink, and flower vendors.

Must-eat culinary highlights — The VBQ Wagyu beef sandwich from Saigon Sisters or classic macarons at authentic French bakery Vanille Patisserie. There’s also what has been dubbed the best pastrami sandwich in Chicago at Fumare Meats.

DeKalb Market Hall, Brooklyn

Dekalb Market Hall is a newcomer to the throngs of food halls flourishing in the ever-hungry New York City. Here, you can find Brooklyn and other New York vendors in a 60,000-square foot industrial setting. 

Must-eat culinary highlights — The classic cheese and potato pierogi from Pierogi Boys, or a cheesy cornbread arepa from the iconic Arepa Lady

East End Market, Orlando

This picturesque market, which has 20 vendors and restaurants to choose from, has a stunning outdoor eating area surrounded by greenery and flowers.

Must-eat culinary highlights — The giant chocolate chip cookies from Gideon’s Bakehouse, where each baked good is more chocolate than cookie. Dunk your cookie into the pour-over artisan coffee from Lineage. 

Eastern Market, Detroit

The Eastern Market takes up an entire historic district in Detroit that’s 43 acres wide, and is filled with farmers’ markets, restaurants, and food vendors. You need a map to traverse it all.

Must-eat culinary highlights — The ribs, smoked on long grills at Bert’s Market Place, where soul food and jazz mingle. Alternatively, hotcakes or a make-your-own omelette at Russell Street Deli, which serves breakfast all day long. 

 

Eataly, multiple cities

Eataly is a sprawling Italian marketplace that has dozens of locations around the world. Several of the United States Eatalys are owned by Italian restaurant gurus Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich. A massive Eataly “theme park” is actually coming to Bologna, Italy, in November.

Must-eat culinary highlights — The Nutella gelato available at the “Il Gelato” section of most Eataly locations is a smooth and creamy treat, and you can’t go wrong with the classic Neapolitan pizza from “La Pizza and La Pasta,” available at most Eataly locations.

 

Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco

The historic waterfront ferry building holds 65,000 square feet of food and drink vendors, from gourmet groceries to restaurants.

Must-eat culinary highlights — Try the salumi cone from Chris Cosentino’s Boccalone (it’s a charcuterie platter in a bread cone!), or the dreamy grilled cheese from Cowgirl Creamery. 

Gotham West Market, New York

This Hell’s Kitchen food hall is one of the most popular in New York, but it’s pretty small, with only nine food and drink spots, each featuring a local vendor.

Must-eat culinary highlights — Bacon-stuffed bao buns from Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, the ever-popular irresistible ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery, and Seamus Mullen’s authentic tapas (especially the simple pan con tomate) at El Comado.

 

Grand Central Market, Los Angeles

Grand Central Market has been a Los Angeles landmark for 100 years, serving up popular neighborhood eats before food halls were cool. Choose from more than 40 food, drink, and shopping vendors.

Must-eat culinary highlights — The bowl of breakfast sausage from Berlin Currywurst topped with eggs, the super-fresh California burger from Belcampo Meat Co., and the Salvadorian pupusa corn tortillas from Sarita’s Pupuseria.

Hudson Eats and Le District Food Hall, New York

The new-ish shopping district in New York’s Financial District holds a high-end food court and French-centric food hall in the basement.

Must-east culinary highlights — Wait in line for the unique bagels from Black Seed Bagel that everyone in New York is talking about, and head downstairs to Le District (the “French Eataly”), where your best bet is a chocolate mousse bar that replaces the healthier salad bar every afternoon. 

Industry City Food Hall, Brooklyn

A brand-new food hall with a handful of prominent vendors like Brooklyn Kitchen and Blue Marble ice cream is just one of the tenants inside this 35-acre Sunset Park structure that aims to represent the best of eating, shopping, and culture in New York.

Must-eat culinary highlights — The cream-filled whoopie pies from One Girl Cookies and the Hogfather sandwich stuffed with mortadella, pancetta, and provolone from Ends Meat.

Latinicity, Chicago

Richard Sandoval Restaurants is behind this Latino-inspired food hall that features a few different vendors serving Mexican and South American cuisine under one executive chef, Marcos Flores.

Must-eat culinary highlights — A Mexican twist on the iconic Chicago dog from Burguesa is just one of the many eats to try here. There are 12 taco stops at this Latin-inspired food hall, and the carne asada tacos at Machefé Taqueria are a must, as well as a classic Cubano sandwich at Tortas & Molletes.

Market House, Nashville

Market House is located inside the famous Nashville Farmers’ Market and features 14 local food and drink vendors serving up a wide variety of global cuisine. 

Must-eat culinary highlights — Try the Korean-style sushi at Bowl & Roil or the breakfast burritos from El Burrito Mexicano.

Melrose Market, Seattle

Melrose Market — located in a set of historic buildings in Capitol Hill in Seattle — combines a food hall with retail shopping and several restaurants. 

Must-eat culinary highlights — Sitka and Spruce is the main restaurant here, featuring artisanal wine bar fare like a French-influenced charcuterie platter, as well as Rain Shadow Meats, an upscale butcher known for its overwhelmingly meaty Rainshadow Press, a ciabatta sandwich made with veggies, house-made roast beef, mortadella, salami soppresatta, and provolone.

Mercentile and Mash, Charleston

Mercantile and Mash touts itself as a “gourmet food emporium,” and is part grocery store, part restaurant, part whiskey bar, and part gourmet butcher. It’s probably one of the more unique establishments on this list. 

Must-eat culinary highlights — Try one of the many hip whiskey cocktails at Bar Mash.

Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis

The Midtown Global Market opened in 2006 with help from surrounding neighborhood businesses, and is known as a community cultural center with an emphasis on local food. 

Must-eat culinary highlights — Tacos from Salsa a la Salsa and La Loma Tamales are a must, as well as Indian street food like the Chicken Tikka Indurrito at Hot Indian Foods, or the fat beefy-and-bacon-y sandwiches from Manny’s Tortas.

The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles

There are hundreds of food and beverage destinations at this farmers market, which has been in business for more than 80 years.

Must-eat culinary highlights — Eat sweet and crunchy slabs of toffee at Little English John’s Toffee House, and unique hot dog creations from Fritzi Dog, like the Tokyo Dog with wasabi aioli, mori, and Sriracha ketchup. 

 

The Plaza Food Hall, New York City

The famous Plaza Hotel recently opened a fast casual food hall for upper-crust New York foodies, featuring 20 different food and drink vendors open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Must-eat culinary highlights — You can’t miss Luke’s Lobster’s famous lobster rolls, the chocolate crepes from Vive la Crepe, or the hilariously-named gourmet sandwiches from No. 7 Sub.

Pike Place Market, Seattle

Seattle’s original farmers’ market, which opened in 1907, has nine acres of restaurants, cafés, bars, and takeout cuisine.

Must-eat culinary highlights — You may wait in a long line at Piroshky Piroshky, but sampling the savory meat pies from this Russian bakery is well-worth the wait. You should also grab a bowl of the award-winning New England-style clam chowder from Pike Place Chowder. 

 

Pine Street Market, Portland

Portland’s first food hall opened last year in the historic Carriage & Baggage Building, and features nine chef-driven food purveyors. 

Must-eat culinary highlights — If you have a hankering for some sweets, try the indulgent peanut butter and jelly sundae at the Wiz Bang Bar. If you’re feeling adventurous, order a Philly cheese hot dog from OP Wurst from Olympia Provisions. 

Ponce City Market, Atlanta

This mixed-use complex boasts a Central Food Hall that is the brainchild of the owners of the Chelsea Market.

Must-eat culinary highlights — Pair comforting xiao long baos (soup dumplings) with super-spicy pork belly from Jia, and try the super-fresh lobster rolls from W.H. Stiles “Dub’s” Fish Camp.

 

Quincy Market, Boston

The Quincy Market Colonnade at Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the largest food hall in New England with 36 international food vendors.

Must-eat culinary highlights — The cheesy creations from MMMAc ‘n Cheese deserve a tasting, especially the BBQ chicken mac. For some of the more unique cupcake creations you’ve ever had, try the cupcake jars from Wicked Good Cupcakes

 

Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia

This historic market officially opened in 1892, and today boasts 80 merchants, two of whom are descendants of the original 19th century vendors.

Must-eat culinary highlights — From the wacky Fruity Pebbles doughnuts to the more tame chocolate glaze, Beiler’s Doughnuts has your fried sweets covered. If you’re really hungry, head to Beck’s Cajun Cafe for the Trainwreck Po’ Boy stuffed to the gills with andouille, steak, salami, cheese, and onion.

 

The Source, Denver

This artisan food market is located inside a historic 19th century foundry, and has 15 food and drink merchants.

Must-eat culinary highlights — You have to try the chorizo, spicy shrimp, and pork tacos at Comida at The Source, or try any number of the small, creative plates at Acorn, the restaurant that is arguably the epicenter of Denver’s original food hall. 

St. Roch Market, New Orleans

This 1875 farmers’ market found a second life as a hip Southern-style food hall featuring local food artisans, shopping, and a craft cocktail bar.

Must-eat culinary highlights — Try out some creative takes on the classic rotisserie chicken at Good Bird, or sample raw oysters from all over the country at the Elysian Oyster Bar.

 

Union Market, Washington, D.C.

With 40 vendors featuring local artisan food and drink, Union Market is a cultural epicenter of the NoMa neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

Must-eat culinary highlights — At Buffalo & Bergen you can actually get a Bloody Mary “garnished” with a bagel with cream cheese and lox, or you can try the Creole twist on a dessert classic (brown butter bourbon bread pudding) over at Puddin’.  Fusion tacos from TaKorean are also an excellent choice.

West Side Market, Cleveland

As the oldest indoor/outdoor market in Cleveland, West Side Market has been selling farm foods, local wares, and Cleveland culinary staples since 1912.

Must-eat culinary highlights — Try out the succulent pork chop from Dohar/Lovasky’s Meats or take your place in line for the much-buzzed-about gyros from Steve’s Gyros.

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