If you really want to learn about a place, follow the locals to the food markets. Our contributors let us in on their favorites around the world.
M & I International Food. Look for: Smoked fish, cured meats, pickled veggies, and candies (249 Brighton Beach Ave., daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.). —Andrew Zimmern
Crescent City Farmers Market. Look for: Meyer lemons in the winter, Pontachoula strawberries in the summer (corner of Magazine St. and Girod St., Sat. 8 a.m. to noon; River Rd. at Uptown Square, Tues. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). —John Besh
Alemany Farmers' Market. Look for: Fresh cilantro, squash, eggplant, dates, and Dungeness crab (100 Alemany Blvd., Sat. dawn to dusk). —Niloufer Ichaporia King
Wednesday Market. Look for: Etla cheese and barbacoa de chivo, succulent goat cooked in earth ovens (Villa de Etla, daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wed. till 6 p.m.). —Niloufer Ichaporia King
Borough Market. Look for: The chorizo sandwich with arugula and peppers on ciabatta (8 Southwark St., Thurs. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri. noon to 6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). —Cindy Pawlcyn
Marché Président Wilson. Look for: The selection of incredibly fresh fish (ave. du Président Wilson, near rue Debrousse, Wed. 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.). —Eli Zabar
Naschmarkt. Look for: Hams and regional wines (Wienzeile, between Getreidemarkt and Kettenbrücke, Mon. to Fri., 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.). —Wolfgang Puck