8 Must-Visit Food Markets In Manhattan, New York


With its many accolades for having some of the world’s best shopping, dining, architecture, and art, New York is the seventh most visited places in the world, according to Forbes. Thinking of what to do in this state, especially in Manhattan, can be very overwhelming. The area has countless stores, landmarks, bars, restaurants, and much more. Besides the high-end shops and eateries in Manhattan, it is also blessed with lots of outdoor and indoor food markets to explore. Some are seasonal, while most are open year-round. They feature some of the city’s best restaurants, food vendors, and produce from regional farms to buy. From tasty international and national cuisine to snacks and fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, check out these must-visit food markets in Manhattan, New York.

1. Gansevoort Market

Gansevoort Market, Manhattan

Posted by Pierre Nierhaus on Sunday, 16 April 2017

If you are looking to have a taste of the best dishes in the city, made with internationally and locally sourced products, then visit Gansevoort Market. It is also set in the Meatpacking District, a few minutes’ walk away from Chelsea Market, and it is one of the most high-end food markets in the city.

This mall, characterized by its vintage industrial interior, features famous food brands offering different types of American, European, and Asian dishes. From tacos and chicken wings to Peruvian ceviche, all in a lovely environment, a superb dining experience awaits you at Gansevoort Market.

Gansevoort Market

Address: 353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014, United States

Website: Gansevoort Market

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 11am - 10:30pm; Mon - Thu: 11am - 9:30pm

2. Turnstyle Underground Market

Turnstyle at Columbus Circle (26687075806)
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Enjoy a tasty meal on the go in this quirky underground food market, situated below Central Park, Columbus Circle, and 8th Avenue. It is filled with privately owned shops, pop-up eateries, kiosks, and more. Whether you need to get caffeinated, some tasty snacks, dinner, lunch, or even breakfast, this food market is your ideal choice.

Some of the best spots in this place include Chick ‘n Cone, Panda Bubble Tea, Doughnuttery, and Daa! Dumpling, dedicated to giving you only the best. Even better, a Metrocard is not needed to enter.

Turnstyle Underground Market

Address: 1000 S 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, United States

Website: Turnstyle Underground Market

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

3. UrbanSpace Garment District Market

Urbanspace Garment District showcases a diverse mix of original concepts from experienced chefs, as well as exciting new...

Posted by Embassy Suites by Hilton New York Manhattan Times Square on Tuesday, 25 September 2018

UrbanSpace Garment District Market was established by two non-profit organizations - Urbanspace and the Garment District Alliance, both who have the common main goal of nurturing small businesses. This outdoor food market provides exceptional cuisine from more than 30 vendors.

Enjoy modern American food at Yankee Doodle Dandy’s food truck, a tasty slushie from Kelvin Slush Co, as well as several other joints offering everything from empanadas, lobster rolls, Lebanese pizza, paella, and so much more. This place is usually crowded, but you can picnic with your bought bites at the nearby park.

UrbanSpace Garment District Market

Address: Broadway at West 39th & W 40th St, New York, NY 10018, United States

Website: UrbanSpace Garment District Market

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 8pm (closed on Sun)

4. Hester Street Fair

Eat, shop & play today at the Hester Street Fair! Manhattan's best outdoor market with 60 artisan & award winning...

Posted by Hester Street Fair on Saturday, 11 July 2015

This long stretch of shopping outlets and food vendors, situated on the historic streets of the Lower East Side, is a popular joint among foodie tourists and locals. It was established by three local residents and it brings together the best vendors in town in a fair-like event.

The fair usually runs from April to October and it highlights over 40 joints, offering vintage items, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry, and cuisine. Have a taste of Thai street food, mini Dutch pancakes, Pan Asian street delicacies, and much more. A visit to this place is also a great way to meet some locals in a lovely, conversation-inducing atmosphere.

Hester Street Fair

Address: Essex St, New York, NY 10002, United States

Website: Hester Street Fair

Opening hours: Sat: 11am - 6pm (closed from Sun to Fri)

5. Union Square Greenmarket

Union Square Farmers Market
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As you approach this bustling market, you will be blessed with tantalizing smells from the skilled chef’s cooking demonstrations and the sight of more than 60,000 people, who come to buy seasonal fruit, taste new food, and so much more. What started in 1976 with only a few farmers has now transformed into a diverse food market scene, highlighting more than 140 bakers, fishermen, and regional farmers displaying their skills and produce.

You will find everything here, from heritage meat, vegetables, wine, artisanal bread, farmstead cheese, and even freshly cut flowers. It’s situated in Union Square and also organizes weekly events.

Union Square Greenmarket

Address: Union Square W & E 17th St, New York, 10003, United States

Website: Union Square Greenmarket

Opening hours: Mon, Wed & Fri - Sat: 8am - 6pm (closed on Tue, Thu & Sun)

6. Essex Street Market

Delancey and Essex Streets, NYC
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Essex Street Market was founded in 1940 in its former location - the Lower East Side - and has now relocated to a 1.9 million-square-foot (176,515.8-square-meter) space, close to the Market Line below Essex Crossing. Although it is expected to be completed in 2021, it already features over 30 vendors and restaurants, such as Doughnut Plant, Cafe Grumpy, Kuro Obi, and much more.

The indoor market is three-times bigger than its former location and features state-of-the-art decor with good lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows, and more. Some food vendors to explore here include Eat Gai, Puebla Mexican Food, Dominican Cravings, and Ni Japanese Deli.

Essex Street Market

Address: 88 Essex St, New York, NY 10002, United States

Website: Essex Street Market

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 8pm

7. NYC Grand Bazaar

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Posted by Grand Bazaar NYC on Thursday, 23 August 2018

The NYC Grand Bazaar was founded in 1982 and, today, it’s the largest weekly food market in the city, held every Sunday, year-round. This flea market is set in the Upper West Side and features vendors that sell everything from vintage furniture, watches, and handmade jewelry to designer items, locally made art, and more in its outdoor and indoor spots.

The organizers donate their entire profits to support public schools in the vicinity. And if you ever get hungry during your hunting for bargains, you can attack some of the artisanal food joints, such as Freak'n Vegan, Kimchi & Dumplings, the award-winning Solber Pupusas, and much more.

NYC Grand Bazaar

Address: 100 W 77th St, New York, NY 10024, United States

Website: NYC Grand Bazaar

Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 5:30pm (closed Mon to Sat)

8. Chelsea Market (from USD 68.0)

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Set in the bustling Meatpacking District in the heart of New York City, Chelsea Market is considered one of the best retail and indoor food markets in the world. Established in 1997 and attracting more than 6 million international and national visitors every year, this is unlike any other food market you have ever seen.

Within the market, you will find imported Italian dry food, fresh food, artisanal cheese, the city’s top whole-animal butchers, and more. It also highlights a myriad of dining options, a wine store, and fashion stores. Also, make sure to check out the historic fountain on-site before leaving.

Chelsea Market, Meatpacking, High Line Food & History Tour

Duration: 3.0 hour

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Add glamor to your getaway

These food markets in Manhattan, New York, are not only focused on selling you the best food and experiences, they also allow you to commune with locals, meet new people, and even support a worthy course. Topping up your itinerary with some of these food spots will add glamor and excitement to your getaway.

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