Ponce City Market, Atlanta
Located in the historic Sears Roebuck and Company building (circa 1926), Atlanta’s Ponce City Market was named one of Vogue’s top new food markets in 2016, as much for its cool brick interior as for its expansive offerings of unique food vendors. With nearly 30 eateries in a sprawling industrial chic space with plenty of seating, both indoors and out, it’s easy to see why locals and visitors alike come here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some top tastes include gourmet Popsicles at King of Pops (some with a boozy kick), Pakistani street food at Botiwalla, biltong (South African jerky) and beer at Biltong Bar (which may actually be good for you), and a gourmet version of a local favorite, fried chicken biscuits, at Hop’s Chicken. Don’t miss the open-air rooftop of Ponce City Market where grown-up summer slushies and gourmet fair food accompany boardwalk-inspired games and great views.
Chelsea Market, New York City
A former Nabisco Oreo factory (now that’s a tasty history) converted into a gourmet playground, Chelsea Market was a pioneer of the food hall trend, opening its doors in New York’s up-and-coming Meat Market neighborhood two decades ago. Today, the square city block of sit-down-restaurants, gourmet grocery stops, quick bite stands, and specialty shops, is at the center of one of the hippest neighborhoods in Manhattan, and it’s a must stop on any foodie tour of New York. (Insider tip: Food Network studios are located upstairs, so you may see celebrity chefs grabbing a bite to eat or stocking their shopping baskets). There are dozens of options to explore at Chelsea Market, but the steamed crustaceans at The Lobster Place, Vietnamese bahn mi sandwiches at Num Pang, and the crusty loaves at Amy’s Bread are all crowd pleasers.