It’s high time to banish the boring lunch breaks –rushing through a cafeteria line only to plop back down in front of your computer screen to inevitably drip mustard on your keyboard. Break through that hum drum and enjoy a fast, foodie adventure in an urban food hall–a convenient and delicious lunch stop offering local fare from your city’s best. Check out some of Yelpers’ favorites: 17 food halls to visit in 2017.
1. Chicago French Market, Chicago IL
“So many options to please so many different people. I could have spent over an hour looking around this place before deciding where to eat. They had desserts, coffee, juices, Korean, Vietnamese, American, French, Hawaiian, Japanese… so much to choose from. I could come back her numerous times and not get bored.” – Nikki M.
2. Liberty Public Market, San Diego, CA
“For anyone taking a trip to San Diego, this is a must! Lots of amazing food stands under one roof, I just wish my stomach was larger to enjoy everything this place has to offer. Everything your palate could desire (freshly made pasta, Thai, fresh baked empanadas, crepes, seafood, burgers, lobster and more!)” – S S.
3. Grand Central Market, Los Angeles, CA
“This market is amazing! There are so many delicious choices here. There are foods of all kinds as well as produce and spices. Do you need some mole sauce base? They got it. Vegan ramen? Yup. All sorts of tacos, check! It’s all here and ready for you to enjoy. This is a must for foodies.” – Jerry M.
4. Pike Place Market, Seattle WA
“A traveler’s paradise! From food to sights to shops with knick knacks from all over! The Pike Place Market is a Seattle sight-see MUST! There are many shops and food places within the market, including popular attractions such as the First Starbucks and the Gum Wall! – Cody Y.
5. Ponce City Market, Atlanta, GA
“Awesome market! The idea to rehab an old warehouse with shops and higher end casual eating isn’t new, but Ponce makes the concept their own by weaving the cities’ urban Beltline bike and hike trail next to it, and adding lots of local farm and artisan vendors.” – Amanda L.
6. St. Roch Market, New Orleans, LA
“This little market will dazzle you with its selection of local fruits and vegetables and its selection of tiny vendors that can cater to just about any taste you hunger for. We had Cajun, Mexican, seafood, BBQ and several others at this market while staying next door in an air BNB.” – Rick N.
7. Chelsea Market, New York, NY
“Come hungry and ready to shop for uniquely New York items. This place was a highlight on my trip to NYC because of the cool brick walls, variety of delicious food, and fun boutiques. This place has amazing meal options and one of a kind desert options (chocolate, doughnuttery, gelato and so much more). There’s also a section with cool artisan jewelry and clothing, which is fun to take your time to look around.” – Katelyn G.
8. Findlay Market, Cincinnati, OH
“Findlay is the perfect place to spend a weekend morning/afternoon, or anytime during the week, as well. With meat, cheese, and bakery vendors inside, as well as seasonal vendors outdoors and plenty of street musicians on the weekends, it truly is a little slice of heaven right in the middle of our historic neighborhood of Over The Rhine.” – Hannah H.
9. Indianapolis City Market, Indianapolis, IN
“Looking for a taste of local Indy all in one place? Go here! You can get everything from beer, coffee, cookies, juices/smoothies, soups, and everything in between! It’s a great place to bring someone that hasn’t been to Indy before and wants to experience what kind of cuisines the circle city offers.” – Brady R.
10. West Side Market, Cleveland, OH
“We love the West Side Market! Even if we don’t leave with any food (which is never) it is great to just look at all the cases of food – so beautiful and yummy looking. The fresh fruit/veggies are so vibrant and most of the time delicious (once in a while you get some bad stuff!). You can get almost everything you need here and have a great family outing doing so!” – Debbie N.
11. Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim, CA
“The Kroft: This was the first place I wanted to visit because I wanted so badly to try that legendary poutine. They feature market-inspired sandwiches and variations of poutine–Canadian-French specialty fries topped with fresh cheese curds, homemade gravies and signature toppings. The fries from this place are absolutely phenomenal because they’re made from hand-cut potatoes that are double fried to perfection.” – Kelli S.
12. Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
“This is my personal heaven in Minneapolis. Having traveled the world a bit I love being able to have some of my favorite travel eats all in one place. The worst part is choosing what to eat. Tonight I settled with Thai and a bubble tea to go with. In prior visits it’s usually tacos or Manny’s Tortas that win out.” – Sara O.
13. Revival Food Hall, Chicago
“The food was great, the wine on happy hour prices, and the playlist was perfect. I loved every second of getting to sit there and watch a busy, fun new food hall do its thing.” – Julie S.
14. Union Market, Washington, D.C.
“There are a range of food options ranging from James Beard recognized chefs (Ris) to food truck faves (Takorean). Most of the places offer fairly small portions so you can try a little of everything and not feel like a total pig. “ – Adam G.
15. Boston Public Market, Boston
“Gotta try some fresh Apple Donuts from Red Apple Farm. You get to see it fried and dipped in cinnamon before your eyes. Greatness. The size of a typical hostess powdered donut. $1 each.” – Scott B.
16. Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco
“On top of stunning, ocean views, you also have the opportunity to explore some staples such as Cowgirl Creamery and Acme Bread. A couple days a week, there is a pretty large farmer’s market outside where you can buy some local veggies and fruit.” – Jen W.
17. Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia
“Miller’s soft pretzels. Watch them being made, get one hot, dab it with a little mustard. Nothing anywhere else compares, nothing even close. You will never buy a street pretzel or go to a chain pretzel place again.” – Tom M.
Ready to get your grub on? Grab your friends and start exploring America’s food halls today! Don’t want to forget the food halls mentioned on this list? Here’s a link to the full bookmark collection.