gastronomic markets (and what to order at each one of them)

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Mercado del Puerto

Montevideo, Uruguay

Close to Ciudad Vieja, the building maintains its original features, with a clock tower and 19th-century iron structures. The traditional Uruguayan parrillada is the specialty at the market’s restaurants and goes well with a glass of medio y medio, a mix of sparkling wine and white wine.

Rambla 25 de Agosto, 228

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Mercado del Río

Guayaquil, Ecuador

A new arrival for the summer in Guayaquil, Mercado del Río joins the growing food options in the city. There, 24 restaurants offer over 500 dishes, including traditional recipes from the Ecuadorian mountain region and authorial options. The highlight is its location, on Malecón 2000, with a view of the Guayas River – the perfect place to watch the sunset while having snacks and drinks!

Malecón Simón Bolívar

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Chelsea Market

New York, United States

An old cookie factory in the Meatpacking District is home to the market, one of the main attractions to Manhattan. The 6 million tourists who visit the area each year are scattered around the three floors of the building, which occupies almost an entire block. There are around 140 shops, like The Lobster Place, offering seafood, and Doughnuttery, which makes doughnuts with exotic flavors (try the one made with green tea and honey).

75 9th Avenue

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Mercado da Boca

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

When in Minas Gerais, do as the locals do: have as much cheese as you can (at Roça Capital), order some liver with onions and Ethiopian eggplant and a portion of angu pastel (at Borracharia), and wrap things up with a Romeu & Julieta ice cream (at Mi Garba). All this in the food hall at Mercado da Boca, located in Nova Lima, a 30-minute drive from the Minas Gerais capital.

Avenida Toronto, 156

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Mercado de San Telmo

Buenos Aires, Argentina

San Telmo is one of the best-preserved neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and this market from 1897 is the proof. The metallic structure of the original project designed by Juan Antonio Buschiazzo (1845-1917) is home to antique stores, traditional butcher shops, and hipster interpretations of the local cuisine, like the empanadas at El Hornero and the churros at La Churretería.

Calle de la Defensa, 961

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Mercado San Miguel

Madrid, Spain

Jamón, calamari bocadillos, and cheese from all over the country stand out at this market, opened over 100 years ago in the historic city center. In 2009, the space underwent a renovation and incorporated great food references – of the 30 permanent stands, four are run by starred chefs, like Jordi Roca’s ice cream shop Rocambolesc.

Plaza de San Miguel

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Mercado da Ribeira

Lisbon, Portugal

The historical building in Cais do Sodré was revitalized by the Time Out magazine, which gathered over 40 restaurants there. The options include everything from sardine nigiri at Sea Me to the partridge dumplings at Croqueteria. Try the pastéis de nata at Manteigaria, as popular as the pastéis de Belém.

Avenida 24 de Julho, 49