This time we didn't spend enough time in each place to really settle and cook, still we had a good time walking through aisles, going around stalls by stalls, admiring the fresh produce offered, and in some case, buying some and carrying them home whichever possible.
Let's start with our first two stops, with 2 iconic markets which serve locals for their daily grocery shopping needs, and tourists for their sightseeing experience.
Each time in Kyoto we tried to check out different temples, for they are far too many for us to cover in a single trip, but we always ended up strolling through Nishiki Market, aka Kyoto's Kitchen in the town center.
We didn't buy or eat anything this time - but that's just because I know I will be coming back in a month's time. This was a pure reconnaissance trip.
Nishiki Market: www.kyoto-nishiki.or.jp
2. Borough Market in London
We essentially did zero sightseeing whilst in London, except spending a morning at Borough Market. We began our market adventure at Monmouth Coffee right outside, and this popular artisan coffee chain seemed to be the place to be, with scores of people waiting in line patiently for their cup of joe. Both their coffees and pastries were great.
And once we stepped inside the market, we literally had to drag ourselves out for our lunch booking. Everything we want it's right there, from spices to cheeses to vegetables and fruits, chocolates, charcuterie, so on and so forth. They also have a little kitchen supply store on one end with an adequate collection of goods, and a few cooked food stalls that could keep us well-fed for the entire day.
Borough Market: boroughmarket.org.uk
Next: Exploring Local Markets (Part 2: Paris and Milan)