Market halls – the new comfort zone for gourmets

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The Rotterdam Markthal (Market Hall), a highly acclaimed example of modern urban architecture and a combination of offices, a residential complex, a car park and a market hall (see also www.backweltblog.com)

 

Market halls were in some respects the precursors of supermarkets, and were covered areas in which traders sold their goods. That is still the case in many Southern European countries today, and quite a few of these halls have become tourist attractions, like the “Mercado de La Boqueria” in Barcelona or the beautiful Italianate market hall in the Southern French lemon town of Menton. In our latitudes the charm of market halls is currently being rediscovered, as in Rotterdam’s wonderful Markthal or the Torvehallerne in Copenhagen. The alternative food scene appreciates this combination of on-the-spot production, shopping, eating and drinking. Current examples include the Viadukt in Zurich or Markthalle 9 in the Eisenbahnstrasse in Berlin. The latter, housed in a historic 19th century market hall, has since its renovation in 2011 accommodated a whole row of small stands focusing on fairly traded, ecological and regionally produced products and/or specialties. The artisan baking culture is being upheld by Sironi – Il Pane di Milano, among others, who can be watched here again making classical Italian wheat breads, and Endorphina, one of Berlin’s renowned organic bakers (www.endorphina.de). A little of that can also be claimed by Joshua Joblin-Mills directly alongside Endorphina, who offers freshly baked “Grandma Marnie’s Traditional New Zealand Pies”, produced using raw materials from the Isle of Wight in the English Channel, and as tasty as they are nutritious.

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The Italian Alfredo Sironi uses flours from North Italy to bake classical Italian bread varieties in many shapes and weights in his small bakery at Market Hall No. 9. An insider tip are his different kinds of fresh focaccia and sweet yeast buns with currants, which are called maritozzi. Endorphina, on the other hand, is one of Berlin’s best-known organic bakeries whose products can be bought in Market Hall 9 and at various other markets, but are also available in numerous shops and caterer’s restaurants or from regional delivery service suppliers (www.endorphina.de)