Nowadays, it seems you can’t walk more than a few blocks in any given city without coming across a stylish new food hall. These haute food courts have been all the rage since Eataly ignited the trend in Turin, Italy, in 2007, followed by a global expansion of the brand and a slew of marketplaces that have replicated the model in their own ways. Be it a food hall rooted in a specific cuisine, a la Eataly’s Italian wonderland, or a collective of burgeoning start-ups, these are some of the most unique and anticipated food halls taking shape across the globe.
Considering its vitality as one of the most exciting food cities in the U.S., it’s hard to believe that Austin doesn’t already have half a dozen food halls. But the wait will be worth it when Fareground debuts this fall, featuring an assortment of local culinary talent under one roof at Cousins Properties’ urban plaza. The handiwork of ELM Restaurant Group, a powerhouse local force behind some of the city’s most beloved institutions like Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden and Irene’s, Fareground is a grandiose ode to Austin’s food scene at large, outfitted with vendors from revered local restaurants. Essentially, the property will be a snapshot of Austin’s multifaceted dining landscape, showcasing and celebrating what makes the city so great—and delicious. Confirmed vendors include a casual outpost of Contigo, the Texan- and Southern-inspired restaurant from Andrew Wiseheart and Ben Edgerton; a taqueria from the Dai Due duo of Jesse Griffiths and Tamara Mayfield, along with chef Gabe Erales; a location of Easy Tiger, slinging house-cured meats, sausages, breads and pastries; sushi-centric Ni-Kome, from the forces behind Kome Sushi Kitchen and Daruma Ramen; acclaimed Antonelli’s Cheese Shop; and Henbit and Honeybit, two new concepts from the Emmer & Rye team.
Bang Bang Oriental, London
Come summer, Londoners will be able to travel all over Asia without ever leaving their city, once Bang Bang Oriental makes its anticipated debut. A veritable paradise for pan-Asian dining, the food hall is opening in the former home of Oriental City, and filling up the space with a food court, restaurant, shopping center and community space. A whopping 33 individual vendors will comprise the crux of the marketplace, encompassing everything from Chinese and Korean cuisines, to Japanese, Indian, Singaporean, Taiwanese and everything in between. With seating for up to 450, the overall ambience harkens to a bustling street market in Asia. Additionally, the property will house a flagship restaurant called Golden Dragon, serving dim sum by day and traditional Chinese plates by night. Beyond food, patrons can partake in Chinese massage, shop for herbal medicines, take a cooking class and even indulge in a Lion dancing lesson.
FICO Eataly World, Bologna
Calling Eataly World a food hall would be like calling Jurassic Park a petting zoo. Easily the biggest food hall in development anywhere on the planet, Eataly World takes the concept to a whole new level by creating a veritable theme park out of it. Much more than a glorified food court, this 108,000-sq.-ft. behemoth will contain pastures (complete with cows, pigs, sheep and geese), orchards, gardens, workshops covering everything from cured meat to stone-ground flour, 25 food stalls and even rides—six of them. And considering the city-sized scope of the project, Eataly will also be stocked with adult-sized tricycles for ease in traversing the park. Then of course, like any theme park worth its salt, Eataly World will have a 200-room hotel. Eataly World is due in October, with the hotel on track for 2018.
Zeppelin Station, Denver
On track for a late-2017 launch, Zeppelin Station is a smart mashup of retail and office space, all anchored by a 20,000-sq.-ft. food hall situated alongside Denver’s commuter rail. The ground-floor marketplace will contain a miscellany of casual culinary offerings, from ramen and Hawaiian poké to Montreal-style bagels. The three floors above the food hall are all new office developments, and the facility will also house a retail store for the RiNo Art District, the neighborhood in which the building resides.
Spanish Food Hall, New York City
With two Eataly locations, Gotham West Market, Urbanspace and more, New York City is the unequivocal Mecca of food halls. Along with a forthcoming juggernaut concept from Anthony Bourdain, slated for Pier 57, megastar chef José Andrés is working on one of his own at Hudson Yards. The overarching theme of the 35,000-sq.-ft-. space is Spanish food, which makes sense considering the chef’s portfolio of acclaimed restaurants across the U.S. Diners can expect tapas stalls, wine bars and more. The to-be-named food hall is due sometime in 2018.
Beverly Center, Los Angeles
A mall seems like a natural place for a food hall, so it’s no surprise that when the Beverly Center completes its lavish overhaul in 2018, it’ll contain a sprawling new food hall manned by famed San Francisco-based chef Michael Mina. In addition to standalone restaurants like Mina’s Italian seafood concept Cal Mare and outposts of Eggslut and Miami-based Yardbird, the food hall pays homage to international street food with 12-plus vendors like International Smoke, a barbecue stall from Ayesha Curry, and Kai Poke, a Japanese seafood spot from Gerald Chin. Aptly, the food hall on the eighth floor of the mall is to be called The Street.
Market Street Food Hall, Galway
Big plans are afoot for Market Street in Galway, Ireland, including a 17,000-sq.-ft. marketplace with room for 80 food stalls, and an adjoining 200-room boutique hotel. While not much is known regarding dining details, the hall is drawing design inspiration from classic European food halls, illuminated with a lantern roof light and a rooftop restaurant above the three-story building.