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Kleinmarkt Halle Frankfurt

Great display of produce from all parts of Europe

There are markets just about every day in Frankfurt and the most central & possibly the most interesting are those housed in the Klein markethalle.

open Monday to Saturday 8am to 1800 mon to Fri and till 1600 on Sunday.


The Kleinmarkthalle is a covered market in the Old City of Frankfurt am Main . On weekdays are from 63 dealers in 156 market stalls on about 1,500 square meters all kinds of fresh food , but also flowers and seeds available. In addition to regional specialties, such as the green sauce , today also imported foods are sold. Likewise, food stalls are operated in the hall by some traders from Spain, Italy, & France. This makes the Kleinmarkthalle a retail center with importance for the whole region Rhein-Main .

There are lots of little eateries along each side of the hall and upstairs. Wineries also have outlets and its a fascinating montage of produce from all parts of Europe.

For those of us who love Italian produce, bellisamo, this place is heaven. Make yourself known to Francesco Belvedere of Casa Italiana, importing all things Italian, stop by for a glass of Sicilian white, or a Montepulciano red, or taste some olive oils or Balsamics.


Back downstairs there is so much choice and putting a typical Italian lunch together is a dream come true. I came away with cheeses, baby tomatoes stuffed wih cheese, olives with blue cheese filling, all sorts of salami and other delicacies.
And more Italian offerings;
No dinner tonight but lots of nibbles.
i could have spent the entire day here, watching, tasting,eating, .
i must thank my friends at the Attache hotel for heading me in the right direction, and i was able to do 2 markets in one day, the other being Schiller markt which is another story.
Im told Konstablerwache market on a Saturday is one of the best for local produce but i would return to Kleinmarkthalle every time, its as good as Ive seen anywhere in the world.

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Schillermarkt Frankfurt

Where the locals shop

This market was in full swing on the Friday that i visited.The other sign mentioned Wochenmarkt.


This is one of the many markets that rotate through the city burbs and display some incredible fresh vegetables especially Asparagus and strawberries when I was thereIMG_3029.jpg

The cheeses and wines were all local, lots of organic produce and the usual sausage or wurst being offered.


The vendors all have these amazing vans that roll in open up and set up is minimal, slightly different to anything I have seen elsewhere, German efficiency at its best.
The markets are only a few blocks from the Kleinmarkthalle and make a good combination.
How's this for sausage , wurst, production.
A good local market.

It builds up as the day goes on, and the wine sellers were busy from about 11am, good wines at affordable prices, straight from the winery to the market

Next I'm heading round the corner of the old town to visit MarktHalle.

Posted by Bruco 02:12 Archived in Germany Tagged markets beer local fruit wine & farmers vegetables cheese produce Comments (0)

Hong Kong Fish markets Aberdeen

Serious Seafood, its big business

This is where a high percentage of Hong Kong's seafood comes from, yes there are other markets, but this is the biggest trade market.
Fascinating to watch the fish coming in from the boats, the sorting, the action, the chefs negotiating on floors flowing with fresh water, the packing and the trucks heading to Hong Kong's many seafood restaurants.
Before the 1950s, salt fish was the major catch sold in Aberdeen.Today, Aberdeen is the only fishing port in the Southern District in Hong Kong. It continues to play an important role in the fishing industry. The catch of fish in the Aberdeen port accounts for over one-third of the total catch of fish in Hong Kong. During the Fishing Moratorium Period (June and July), more than 1,000 fishing vessels are anchored at the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter.
If you don't mind wet feet, this is a market really worth seeing. So wear a wet weather shoe, and don't get in the way of the workers, they don't mind you being there, but everything is done at frantic pace, and don't ask questions, 1) they haven't got time to stop, & 2) they wont understand.
Be prepared to get wet, if its not the floor, its the thrashing of 100 different types of fishy tails.
The Fish Marketing Organization (F.M.O) is a self- financed, non-profit-making organization which provides marketing services for fishermen and fish retailers at the Aberdeen floating village. F.M.O's income derives from the commission on sales and surplus earnings. F.M.O's earnings are used to improve the facilities of the Aberdeen Floating Village. Wholesale fish markets operated by the F.M.O are located along the Aberdeen Promenade. Every morning the fish market is crowded with fishermen, fish sellers and buyers.
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This is not your usual tourist attraction, however, for those who want to immerse themselves in the paddock to Plate , or ocean to table culture this is a must.

Posted by Bruco 03:27 Archived in Hong Kong Tagged fish markets fishing hong seafood kong farmers fresh markets. Comments (0)

Markthalle Berlin

Where the locals go in Berlin

This was the first market I visited in Berlin and I was pleasantly surprised, it was a Saturday afternoon, and the old hall was filled with families and groups gathering to imbibe on a variety of local delicacies or just stocking up for the week on produce from the surrounding farmlands.
I travelled on the UBahn line to Gorlitzer Bahnhof and it was a stroll of about 10 minutes through to Eisenbahnstrasse where the entrance to the market hall is. Its located in an old railway hall and the following comments come from the home page


The history of Kreuzberg railway Market Hall is 120 years old: On 1 October 1891 she was officially opened as a "Market IX".

It is a historical monument, because they include not only the Moabites Arminiusmarkthalle and field hall in the middle of the last three preserved historical of fourteen former market halls in Berlin. These included two central market halls and twelve district covered markets, including the original Marheinekehalle (Bergmannstraße) which was destroyed during the war and in 1951 replaced by a new building.


"The clear internal structure of the hall was projected to nearly 300 stalls - which corresponds to three to five times a usual weekly market, and that alone is a considerable advantage of the covered market opposite the open marketplace The stands arranged themselves to figure eight and twelve groups summarized. The dealer could drive up directly with their market cars at their stalls, either side of the 9-meter-wide passage . the free-standing booths had no cover or upper bodies. Meat and Fish markets were in abundance.


The remainder of the story of the railway market hall from 1933 to today described by historian Angela Martin as follows:

1933 - 1945 the Nazis came, the war began barely no-one who remembered the consequences. The windows of the hall were painted black, "so that the Tommies not catch us." The hall was hit hard not only in urban warfare it was shelled heavily.

1945 - 1951 He was there, the dreaded peace. It was starved and operated black market. Respectable widows and their children acting now, in summer and winter. The men were dead or were lucky with the handicapped, ragged and lean back. Three years passed, then they were ready and the hall was inaugurated again. And another three years passed until '51 took place the anniversary. With wreaths and banners was celebrated with pomp and politics - every neighbor came. She was again the center, the old hall. They liked to go there, because pretty much all came to see acquaintances to exchange information, then go shopping.

1977 - 2003 1977 came ALDI, and thus began what may be called the descent of the hall. Soon followed Drospa, last even KIK. For small traders that had no luck. More and more stands were abandoned. Dreariness and desolation dominated the streets between the empty former shops. New kiosks could not resolve the.

2009 - 2010 The residents were very unhappy. Oh, the retailer would still remain! Together we then thought and made ​​the hall a meeting place. And next year, when all the hall with dozens of stalls will succeed stocked. A "Hall for All ', colorful, full of life, not quite as strict ecological, for all flat."
Today the market is still the centre of attention , a community meeting place, everyone is friendly, the girls in the tea shop delightful, and its a wonderful centrally located market for all to enjoy.

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the Queen Victoria Markets Melbourne

A perfect marketplace very close to the heart of Melbourne. A must visit if travelling to Victoria Australia

LUCKILY ,I was in Melbourne and looking for some early morning exercise before heading to the airport. My opinion is that these markets are on par with the Central Markets in Adelaide, (which i will review in detail once another visit is made) , why do they stand out, because they manage to capture the culture and the personality of the region. Melbourne has a very large Italian community, and its so apparent when talking to the wonderful people that make up this marketplace. Unfortunately I only had 1 hour to absorb as much as I could , with my camera to record as much as time allowed, so i have added commentary from the official website of the QVB interspersed with my images .
Also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. A historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city Market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs.
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The Market is open five days a week—Tuesday, and Thursday to Sunday.

Deli Hall


Also known as the Dairy Produce Hall, the Deli Hall retains many art deco features including the original marble counters, which were the equivalent of today’s refrigerated cabinets.

The range of produce available includes a huge variety of dips, pates, terrines, cured and preserved meats and one of the most extensive ranges of local and imported cheeses found in Melbourne. There is also a range of dressed poultry, the chicken shops also offer a variety of game meats such as crocodile, rabbit, kangaroo and venison, as well as rotisserie chicken. For the sweet tooth, a selection of mouth watering continental cakes, pastries, nougat and chocolates are available.IMG_2284.jpg
One product i did try was an amazing pure Australian honey from Bullfrog Creek,. Complete in its own honeycomb, IMG_2291.jpg

With 10 fishmongers, Queen Victoria Market seafood section offers the best range of quality fresh fish and seafood in Melbourne. The range includes fresh whole fish, fillets (both fresh- and salt-water varieties) and myriad crustacean species.
Fruit & Veg
Located in A & B sheds and H & I sheds, you can find Australian, Asian and exotic produce all under the one roof. Exotic fruits, the newest releases, and the range of product makes this a ‘must see’ area of the Market.


Queen Victoria Market offers the widest range of organic produce available in Melbourne. I Shed, which is dedicated to organic and biodynamic produce, is situated near the corner of Therry and Queen Streets.

As well as its 3 certified fresh fruit stalls, an organic dry goods outlet, and Victoria’s first certified organic butcher (located in the Meat Hall), the Market offers quality organic products through its delicatessens. Various delis offer a selection of certified organic produce including breads, cheeses, yoghurts, chicken, eggs and coffees.

You’re guaranteed to be able to buy genuine organic and biodynamic produce at Queen Victoria Market.
General Merchandise

Offering a shopping experience like no other, The Market has become highly regarded for its amazing and impressive array of general goods. The variety of merchandise at the Market could keep you on your feet for hours, from clothing & shoes, jewellery & accessories, leather goods, manchester & fabrics, fresh flowers & indoor plants, CDs & DVDs, mobile phones & electronic accessories, handicrafts, authentic Australian artefacts & souvenirs,
Victoria Street Shops

In 1887, the two storey shops on Victoria Street were opened, and in 1884 and 1890, the single storey shops were opened. You’ll fall in love with these quaint specialty shops, each beautifully restored, offering a range of boutique items and quirky one of a kind finds
Elizabeth Street Shops

From the whimsical delights of Ambiance to the renowned coffee roasting café, Coffea, these shops were built in 1884.
F Shed Laneway

Originally constructed in 1878 along the southern boundary of the upper Market to divide the Market from the cemetery, this row of shops was initially used as stores. Today, these shops offer a wide range of merchandise with particular appeal to younger shoppers, as well as a dining precinct where patrons can enjoy cuisine from South America, Italy, Malaysia and Japan.
Vic Market Place Food Court

You just have to sample the food when you visit the Queen Victoria Market. Situated between the Meat Hall and the Victoria Street Shops, the Food Court caters to almost every visitor’s taste. The range includes Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Chinese cuisines, as well as fish and chips, sandwiches and vegetarian food.

The Food Court offers take-away foods, but also offers ample seating for over 400. The space is heated for those chilly Melbourne mornings and is well protected from the rain and wind. The modern fabric and glass canopy provides a stark contrast to the surrounding Victorian buildings.
String Bean Alley

String Bean Alley is the Market’s newest retail precinct, made up of a series of repurposed shipping containers transformed into artisan workshops and stalls.

String Bean Alley trades every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and during the Night Market Season.

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