World's Top Food Markets
Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market, San Francisco
With an unbeatable waterfront location, this is much more than a petting zoo for baby carrots and heirloom tomatoes. It’s also a lesson in sustainable agriculture, drawing some 80 Bay Area purveyors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Even on non-farmers’ market days, the Ferry Building itself is chockablock with fabulous edibles, from briny Tomales Bay oysters from Hog Island to lavender-flavored chocolates from Recchiuti Confections.
Best Bites: Chef Daniel Patterson’s Il Cane Rosso (lunch for two $25) has terrific fried-egg breakfast sandwiches and note-perfect salads. An outpost of Blue Bottle Coffee Co. (coffee for two $6) delivers exotic micro-roasts and ethereal Belgian waffles. On Saturdays, local chefs queue up at Primavera Tamales (snacks for two $18) for organic-masa mole tamales doused with roasted-tomato salsa. —Anya von Bremzen