Food halls may be trending, but they also have a rich, colorful (and ancient!) history


We all have our favorite food halls — maybe San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Marketplace, or Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market, or Lexington, KY’s The Barn, or Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Maybe you love the delicious basement of Tokyo’s Takashimaya department store, or Mexico City’s Mercado Medellín. or you’ve always dreamed of visiting Borough Market in London.

But did you know that the roots of food halls go back to the ancient world? What is the relationship between food halls and farmers markets and food courts? What exciting food halls are slated open in the near future? And what trends are in store for a food hall or emporium near you?

A stone’s throw from Legacy Hall — one of the country’s most vibrant food emporia — we sat down with Gabriel Roxas to dive deep into the history and culture of a delicious tradition that has been turbo-charged world-wide in the last half-decade.

Check out the podcast here: Food Hall Culture Podcast: How a Delicious Tradition Evolved