Top Open-Air Markets

A short list of the world’s most special alfresco shopping spots for local foods, flowers—and most of all, culture.

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Borough Market, London

The only completely independent market in London, Borough Market is a superb source for local produce. Weave in and out of the connected, warehouse-like market buildings and admire the array: ostrich eggs, wood-ear mushrooms, giant tomatoes, goat’s-milk ice cream, fresh bread, and myriad cheeses. Sample fresh on tap at New Forest Cider, espresso at popular Monmouth Coffee, jumbo live langoustine from Sussex Fish, and the mouthwatering chorizo sandwich at Brindisa Shop. Open with limited market Monday and Tuesday (10 a.m.–5 p.m.); full market on Wednesday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Thursday (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), Friday (10 a.m.–6 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m.–5 p.m.); 8 Southwark St.; 44-20/7407-1002; boroughmarket.org.uk. —Jordan Kisner