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  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kreuzberg

    Markthalle Neun

    Markthalle Neun is a wonderful reminder that Berlin is a city of second chances. The 19th-century market hall, an architectural marvel of iron beams and latticework, was in a state of neglect several years ago – but is now enjoying a new era of glory days. What to eat At this food hall in the trendy Kreuzberg neighborhood, local and regional producers present wares made with passion. All-stars include the Tofu Tussis, a female tofu-making duo, a sausage maker named Simon and one of Berlin’s best cake-bakers, Frau Zeller. From the artisan cheese producers to vegetable farmers, organic and sustainable are more than just buzzwords here. All the excitement of wafting aromas, taste test marathons and scenesters shooting the breeze is enough to get any stomach rumbling – and thankfully, you’re in the right place. There’s plenty to snack your way through such as the on-site butchery Kumpel & Keule’s burger (perhaps Berlin’s best, assembled from ingredients sourced across the Markthalle’s stands), fresh homemade ravioli and gnocchi from Mani in Pasta, fluffy focaccia from Sironi ’s Italian bakery, and much more. Craft beer from the on-site Heidenpeters brewery is prime to wash it all down. Markthalle Neun is a community space with purpose, bringing together neighborhood residents, foodies and some of Berlin’s best gastronomes under one beautiful open roof. It’s the perfect place to watch locals weave in and around rows of fresh produce, ticking off their weekly grocery lists or scoping out delicacies for evening dinner parties. Even the employees of some of Berlin’s most lauded restaurants, like Coda Dessert & Dining and Nobelhart & Schmutzig, can be seen shopping ingredients here for staff meals and even dinner service. Events at Markthalle Neun In addition to the regular market days, check the Markthalle’s website for an ever-changing list of events – from cheese festivals to sake tastings and new editions of the Schlachtfest (a German feast and slaughter tradition). The history of the Markthalle Neun As the name implies, Markthalle Neun was the ninth (of a total of 14) market hall built in Berlin in the late 19th century. The market was successful in trade for decades, including following the Second World War when it luckily only sustained minor damage. Despite this, over time, the market succumbed to competition from local supermarkets. In Kreuzberg, a West Berlin neighborhood that was low-income and predominantly migrant, it fell into neglect. Right up until the 1990s, the building was a haunt primarily for tacky discounters. This all changed in 2009 when three locals formed an initiative to keep the market hall out of the mitts of big investors. Their concept to use the space for a local and sustainability-driven project was approved by city officials in 2012 and the Markthalle Neun was born. Since then, to say the space has become a tourist hotspot would be an understatement. Other revamped market halls, including the Arminius Markthalle and Markthalle Pfefferberg, have followed suit, but Markthalle Neun still remains a beloved trendsetter. Several of the independent businesses here, from Sironi to Rosa Canina organic ice cream shop, have gained such cult followings here they’ve opened additional brick-and-mortar stores. Due to its popularity, Kreuzbergers community groups regularly advocate for locals from their gentrifying neighborhood who may want to shop here but cannot afford some of the higher-priced artisan goods. Stands like the Wildnergartnerei, a collective of hippie farmers outside of Berlin, sell their veggies on a tiered scale to accommodate the neighborhood’s disparate incomes. In 2019, when the Markthalle announced it would cancel the contract of the Aldi discount supermarket, locals jumped into action and protested the decision in support of lower-income families. Gentrification is tricky and no other Kreuzberg establishment indicates that better than Markthalle Neun. But in spite of it all, it’s also a symbol of a very certain kind of Berlin solidarity. Berliners do their best to make sure that no one gets left behind. Best time to visit Markthalle Neun Markthalle Neun is a sleeping giant. The market hall, like many German establishments, is closed on Sundays. Otherwise, throughout the week it is open from noon to 6pm. The only exception are Thursday evenings until 10pm when chaos ensues because of the blockbuster event: Street Food Thursdays. Every week in the historic market hall, a sea of hungry hipsters (mostly tourists) punch blindly between long queues and communal tables for international eats galore. It’s an exotic smorgasbord that might feature New Zealand meat pies, Taiwanese burgers, Argentine pulled pork sandwiches, Korean tacos or Vietnamese steamed pork buns. Pick and choose, score a seat at a table and chow down with a glass of wine or a pint of Thirsty Lady pale ale from Heidenpeters. However, if you want to experience the Markthalle Neun like a local, go on a Saturday afternoon. That’s when you can see the gastronomes doing their shopping for weekend service earlier in the day. Later on, Berliners ball out on all-day smorgasbords of their favorite stands, from the smoked barbecue sandwiches at Big Stuff to seafood platters at the Fisch Klub truck, cheese assortments from Alte Milch, and more. Along with a bottle (or two) of German sparkling wine from Weinhandlung Suff, you can’t do much better on a weekend afternoon. ​​Getting there Markthalle Neun is most easily reached from the Berlin U-bahn station Görlitzer Bahnhof (about a five-minute walk away). You can also reach it by taking the M29 and 140 bus lines.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bogotá

    Andrés Carne de Res

    This legendary steakhouse blows everyone – even repeat visitors – away with its all-out fun atmosphere. The 75-page menu of classics like arepas (corn cakes) and ceviches, and pages of succulent steaks (some portioned to serve as many as seven) is totally overwhelming; al trapo (chargrilled beef tenderloin) is recommended if you need some help narrowing things down.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Wedgewood-Houston & South Nashville

    Bastion

    Behind a nondescript sliding door hides this choose-your-own-adventure foodie dreamland. Chef Josh Habiger (Catbird Seat, Patterson House) has cultivated Nashville's hottest table – or three tables, to be precise, plus 11 kitchen counter seats. Choose from a seasonally changing checklist menu of 15 delicate, intensely satisfying plates or check the box that says, 'One of each.'

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

    Gwangjang Market

    This sprawling fabric market is now best known as Seoul’s busiest meokjagolmok (food alley), thanks to the 200 or so food stalls, kimchi and fresh-seafood vendors that have set up shop amid the silk, satin and linen wholesalers. It's a hive of delicious sights and smells. Foodies flock here for the golden fried nokdu bindaetteok (mung-bean pancake; ₩4000 to ₩5000) – paired beautifully with makgeolli (milky rice wine).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in North Beach & Chinatown

    Mister Jiu's

    Success has been celebrated in this historic Chinatown banquet hall since the 1880s – but today, scoring a table at Mister Jiu's is reason enough for celebration. Build memorable banquets from chef Brandon Jew's ingenious Chinese/Californian signatures: quail and Mission-fig sticky rice, hot and sour Dungeness crab soup, Wagyu sirloin and tuna heart fried rice. Don't skip dessert – pastry chef Melissa Chou's salted plum sesame balls are flavor bombs.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Montjuïc, Poble Sec & Sant Antoni

    Tickets

    A flamboyant affair playing with circus images and theatre lights, this is one of the restaurant world's sizzling tickets: a Michelin-starred tapas bar by Albert Adrià, of the legendary (now closed) El Bulli, starring dishes that veer towards the deliciously surreal. Bookings are only taken online 60 days ahead, or hop on the waiting list for last-minute cancellations.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Habana Vieja

    Lamparilla 361 Tapas & Cervezas

    Havana’s best tapas bar might also be its finest all-round eating establishment, with food, presentation and service down to a fine art. Inside the loungy, romantically lit restaurant there’s plenty to look at as you enjoy ice-cold beer, fabulous cocktails, and creative but interestingly presented tapas (on plates, slates, pans and mini-shopping trolleys).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Zamoskvorechie

    Danilovsky Market

    A showcase of the city's ongoing gentrification, this giant Soviet-era farmers market is now largely about deli food cooked and served in myriad little eateries, including such gems as a Dagestani dumpling shop and a Vietnamese pho-soup kitchen. The market itself looks very orderly, if a tiny bit artificial, with uniformed vendors and thoughtfully designed premises.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Antwerp

    The Jane

    In a stunningly repurposed old military-hospital chapel, the Jane's sublime two-Michelin-star dining is such an overwhelmingly fabulous experience that you'll need to book online exactly three months ahead…on the dot of 8am.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Strøget & the Latin Quarter

    Schønnemann

    A veritable institution, Schønnemann has been lining bellies with smørrebrød and snaps since 1877. Originally a hit with farmers in town selling their produce, the restaurant's current fan base includes revered chefs like René Redzepi; try the smørrebrød named after him: smoked halibut with creamed cucumber, radishes and chives on caraway bread.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Habana Vieja

    Doña Eutimia

    The secret at Doña Eutimia is that there is no secret: just serve decent-size portions of the best Cuban food. Expect the likes of ropa vieja (shredded beef; there's also an interesting lamb version), epic picadillo a la habanera (spicy beef), glorious lechón asado (roast pork) and beautifully rustic roast chicken, all served with ample rice, beans and fried plantains.

  • Restaurants in Porto

    Boa Nova Tea House

    Designed by Portuguese architect titan Álvaro Siza Vieira and with star chef Rui Paula at the helm, this Michelin-starred restaurant perches alluringly on rocks above the crashing Atlantic. Massive boulders frame the white, low-rise building. The ingredients-driven tasting menus go with the seasons, but might include, say, monkfish with hazelnut and Champagne or Trás-os-Montes kid goat roasted to perfection.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in East Austin

    Franklin Barbecue

    This famous BBQ joint only serves lunch, and only until it runs out – usually well before 2pm. To avoid missing out, join the line – and there will be a line – by 10am (9am on weekends). Treat it as a tailgating party: bring beer or mimosas to share and make friends. And yes, you do want the fatty brisket.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Chelsea Market

    In a shining example of redevelopment and renaissance, Chelsea Market has taken a 19th-century Nabisco cookie factory and turned it into an 800ft-long food court of mouthwatering diversity. On the site where the beloved Oreo was first conceived, now more than 35 vendors sell everything from tongue-tingling hand-pulled dan dan noodles to Jamaican jerk, fine cheese and whole lobsters.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Lima

    Central

    Part restaurant, part laboratory, Central reinvents Andean cuisine and rescues age-old Peruvian ingredients not used elsewhere. Dining is an experience, evidenced by tender native potatoes served in edible clay. Chef Virgilio Martinez wants you to taste the Andes. He paid his dues in Europe and Asia's top kitchens, but it's his work here that dazzles.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Amman

    Hashem Restaurant

    You haven’t tried falafel until you’ve eaten here. This legendary eatery, more than 50 years old, is so popular with locals and visitors that there’s stiff competition for tables, many of which overflow into the alleyway. Aim for an early lunch or supper if you want to avoid queues, although Hashem does a fantastic job of feeding the multitude in record time.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Bogotá

    Leo

    Chef Leo Espinosa is the culinary priestess for innovative Colombian fine dining. Her epic 12-course tasting menu (COP$210,000) paired with wine and artisanal beverages (COP$280,000) is a belt-loosening, multihour journey through exotic regional ingredients, many of which are ignored by most Colombian kitchens. A meal here is revelatory, with bold colors and striking flavors unlike those of anything previously plated.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nørrebro & Østerbro

    Geranium

    On the 8th floor of Parken Stadium, Geranium is the only restaurant in town sporting three Michelin stars. At the helm is Bocuse d'Or prize-winning chef Rasmus Kofoed, who transforms local, organic ingredients into edible Nordic artworks like lobster paired with milk and the juice of fermented carrots and sea buckthorn, or cabbage sprouts and chicken served with quail egg, cep mushrooms and hay beer.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Christianshavn

    noma

    Ground-breaking New Nordic restaurant noma re-opened in its new location in February 2018 after a one-year hiatus. A re-imagined menu presents dishes focusing on featured Nordic produce across three seasons: seafood, vegetables, and game and forest. The Scandi-style minimalist interiors and tableware were designed from scratch for the new space. Reservations are essential.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in San Lorenzo & San Marco

    Trattoria Mario

    Arrive by noon to ensure a spot at this noisy, busy, brilliant trattoria – a legend that retains its soul (and allure with locals) despite being in every guidebook. Charming Fabio, whose grandfather opened the place in 1953, is front of house while big brother Romeo and nephew Francesco cook with speed in the kitchen. No advance reservations; cash only.