Jessica Seaton, Toast’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, on her five favourite markets…
Khan el Khalili – Cairo
My first introduction to the delights of souk shopping over 20 years ago, I found this market fascinating and thrilling. It seeded my later addiction to the delights of dark corners in other markets around the world.
Bio Market, Boulevard Raspail – Paris
Emblematic of all the best French food markets, this organic street market in Paris leaves you wishing you had a kitchen – rather than just a hotel room – to take full advantage of all the delicious produce on offer.
San Telmo Street Market – Buenos Aires
Actually this city is drenched in places which sell bric a brac – all of which are worth a hunt – but I picked this one to stand for all. Look for mementoes from grand European houses as well as Argentinean finds.
Ecseri Flea Market – Budapest
Frustratingly, we arrived at this flea market just as the stall holders were packing up for the day. But we still walked away with an icon, some picture frames and rolls and rolls of narrow loom hand-woven linen. I’d love to go back to see the entire glorious array.
Carmarthen and Swansea Markets – Wales
I have to include our local food markets – two in one (I know it’s cheating – sorry but I can’t choose between). They continue to thrive in an adverse climate and offer local produce, cheese, meats, fish and vegetables in healthy competition to the supermarkets.