Best Local Food Store: North Market
With 44,000 square feet full of vendor booths, the market is the perfect place to pick up some eco-friendly produce (at The Greener Grocer's large stall), a brick of artisan cheese (more than 500 varieties are available at Curds and Whey) or a growler of a rare craft beer (from the experts at The Barrel & Bottle).
At mealtimes both locals and tourists head to the market for its wide array of international cuisine. Rolls from Nida's Sushi, steaming bowls of noodles from Lan Viet Market, and Clever Crow Pizza and Sarefino's Pizzeria's slices are especially popular. And those looking to make tasty food of their own can take cooking classes in the second floor's Dispatch Kitchen, where lessons are periodically taught by chefs from the city's best restaurants.
Runners-up: Weiland's Gourmet Market, Carfagna's
59 Spruce St., Arena District