By Max Lent
The heart of a city is its food markets. Art museums are mausoleums of the artifacts of creative
experiences of mostly white men. Monuments are mostly mostly mementos of people killing each other or of the
victors who killed the most people. Grand architecture belongs mostly to oppressive government bureaucracies and
religions. Markets are alive, democratic, celebrate life, and are part of the present. Unlike museums where
what you see can never be yours, everything at a market is for sale is probably affordable.
Markets satisfy all of the senses. To see a perfect tomato, to smell a ripe strawberry, to touch
the most delicate of peaches, to hear the bartering of vendors and customers, and to feel the excitement of shopping are
all part of the sensual market experience.
The following are some of my favorite markets from around the world.
Only the blue titles are links to reviews and descriptions.
St. Lawrence Market
New York City