Whether it’s traditional stalls or the new breed of street-food events, these European markets offer tasty treats – and more interesting presents than you’ll find at a naff Christmas market
Rotterdam’s new €175m Markthal is a sensory explosion. The building, by Dutch architects MVRDV, opened in October and is the shape of an extruded horseshoe – into which flats are plugged, which then make up the Markthal’s roof. Beneath this there are 100 shops and food stands on terraces. You can eat spicy sausage rolls from Suriname, or frozen yoghurt made at Amy’s. For grandma’s Christmas present, what could beat an entire wheel of Gouda cheese, or a leg of jamon Iberico from one of the butchers? The whole place is open late and is designed to be lively – there are bars too.
• Open daily, markthalrotterdam.nl