Best Public Market (2021)


A visit to a public market often offers insight into a community through its foods and artisan goods. Many of these 10 public markets, voted on by our readers, occupy historic landmark buildings as well. 

  • Reading Terminal Market

    Reading Terminal Market

    Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market ranks among the country’s largest and oldest, dating back to 1893. "My favorite market in the Northeast," according to 10Best contributor Eric Grossman, is "an easy one-stop shop for all the amazing treats offered up in Philly and Amish Country."
    Photo courtesy of J. Smith for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

  • West Side Market

    West Side Market
    Cleveland, Ohio

    The West Side Market ranks as Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market. What started as an open air marketplace in 1840 has become a celebration of the city’s diverse culinary scene, with more than 100 vendors selling their wares inside the landmark 1912 markethouse.
    Photo courtesy of Destination Cleveland

  • Findlay Market

    Findlay Market
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    This public market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and a Cincinnati institution. Situated in the heart of the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, the market features more than 50 full-time merchants selling a range of ingredients and prepared foods.
    Photo courtesy of Findlay Market

  • Pike Place Market

    Pike Place Market

    "Many consider Pike Place Market, one of the country's oldest continuously-operating farmers markets, the soul of Seattle," says 10Best Local Expert Corinne Whiting. It's on everyone's must-see list, and it's worth the hype. Situated along the water, the market was originally founded to allow produce growers to sell directly to consumers. Today, it's a protected historic district that inundates visitors with sights, sounds, smells and the best people-watching in town. 
    Photo courtesy of Pike Place Market

  • Lancaster Central Market

    Lancaster Central Market
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    The Lancaster Central Market, the nation’s oldest continuously operated public farmer’s market, has been serving the community since 1730. Today, the market features some 60 local vendors three days a week. "Come for the amazing fresh horseradish, stay for the fascinating people watching," suggests 10Best contributor Gerrish Lopez.
    Photo courtesy of Laura Bly / USA TODAY

  • Eastern Market

    Eastern Market

    Thousands of locals and visitors head to Detroit's Eastern Market each week, where they find some 250 independent merchants and vendors selling everything from fresh produce and flowers to antiques and home goods.
    Photo courtesy of Eastern Market Partnership

  • Flint Farmers' Market

    Flint Farmers' Market
    Flint, Michigan

    The Flint Farmers’ Market hosts more than 100 different vendors both inside and outside the building. Options include butchers, bakeries, cheesemongers and produce vendors, as well as a wine shop, art gallery, cafe and a Middle Eastern and a Mexican grocer.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Juniper_Berry

  • Milwaukee Public Market

    Milwaukee Public Market
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    At the Milwaukee Public Market, foodies will find a selection of artisan products and prepared foods from numerous independent merchants. Sit down to taste your purchases at the second floor Palm Garden, or sign up for a cooking class at the Madame Kuony Demonstration Kitchen.
    Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Public Market

  • Chicago French Market

    Chicago French Market

    The Chicago French Market was founded in 2009 as a way to bring a European-inspired market to the city while supporting the local food movement. The market features a collection of more than 30 vendors selling fresh ingredients, grab-and-go meals and artisan foods from around the globe.
    Photo courtesy of Chicago French Market

  • Boston Public Market

    Boston Public Market

    This year-round, indoor market features 30 New England food producers and artisans selling fresh produce, prepared foods, crafts and other specialty items. Everything sold comes from New England with a focus on seasonality.
    Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Office Of Travel & Tourism

The top 10 winners in the category Best Public Market are as follows: 

  1. Reading Terminal Market - Philadelphia
  2. West Side Market - Cleveland, Ohio
  3. Findlay Market - Cincinnati, Ohio
  4. Pike Place Market - Seattle
  5. Lancaster Central Market - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  6. Eastern Market - Detroit
  7. Flint Farmers' Market - Flint, Michigan
  8. Milwaukee Public Market - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  9. Chicago French Market - Chicago
  10. Boston Public Market - Boston

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning markets!

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Marla Cimini

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Eric Grossman

Eric Grossman

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Gerrish Lopez

Gerrish Lopez

Gerrish Lopez

Corinne Whiting

Corinne Whiting

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