The Best Trips for Visiting Food Markets Around the World

Joel Rabinowitz

Browse the most vibrant food markets in the world on one of these small-group Culture Trip tours.

Food markets are a feast for the senses. It’s not all about flavours, though – the heady mix of sights, aromas and sounds is part of the experience that immerses you in the food heritage of a country. From navigating labyrinthine Turkish bazaars to browsing sprawling seafood markets in South Korea, these small-group adventures by Culture Trip will satisfy your culinary curiosity.

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People walking around the sprawling Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, with colourful barrel vault ceilings

From Istanbul to Antalya: the Ultimate Turkey Itinerary

From dürüm wraps filled with tender shawarma meat to decadent slabs of baklava drenched in honey syrup and stacked with pistachios, the foodie delights on offer inside the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul must be seen to be believed. On this 12-day Turkey trip, our Local Insider will guide you through the labyrinthine alleyways of this majestic Ottoman-era treasure trove, home to more than 4,000 stalls, cafes and restaurants. A traditional Turkish tea or a refreshing glass of ayran (a savoury yoghurt-based drink) is the perfect thirst quencher to wash it all down.

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Next available from 16th Aug 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Istanbul, Turkey

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ENDS AT

Antalya, Turkey

DURATION

12

GROUP SIZE

18

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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People visiting the various food stalls in Tongin Market in Seoul, South Korea

Pulsating Cities and Majestic Mountains: the Soul of South Korea

With a pocketful of brass coins and a lunch box in hand, create your own tasting platter as you peruse street-food vendors selling everything from bibimbap to crispy jeon (fried and stuffed Korean pancakes). That’s how they do things at Tongin Market in Seoul. On this 10-day journey, you’ll also stop by Jagalchi Market (the largest seafood market in South Korea) in Busan, where you can pick out some fresh fish and have it cooked for you on the spot.

From US$3223

Next available from 1st Sep 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Seoul, South Korea

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ENDS AT

Seoul, South Korea

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Boxes of apples and pears on display at the Dezerter Bazaar in Tbilisi

Riches and Ruins: Wine, Dine and Step Back in Time in Rural Georgia

For an authentic taste of everyday life in Tbilisi, a stroll through the Dezerter Bazaar is a must. Named after deserting soldiers who sold their weapons here during the war between Georgia and Russia in the 1920s, it has since flourished to become the primary fruit and vegetable market in the city – it’s a fascinating cross between an Asian bazaar and a European-style market. On this nine-day Georgia adventure, you’ll shop for ingredients before discovering the secrets of traditional Georgian cuisine in a cooking masterclass.

From US$1287

Next available from 15th Jun 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Tbilisi, Georgia

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ENDS AT

Tbilisi, Georgia

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Maja Proescholdt contributed additional reporting to this article.

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