Food Halls on the Rise: The Best Ones to Check Out Now

By Carissa Chesanek, Contributing Editor

Who doesn’t enjoy a good food hall? You can find almost anything you’re craving in one location. Whether you want something on-the-run or you’re looking for a sit-down dinner, a food hall offers anything and everything you fancy. 

And don’t take our word for it. Food halls are all the craze in the restaurant scene, with newbies popping up in various cities, and oldies holding their ground from years prior. Interested in checking one out? Here are a few of the best food halls that will definitely win you over. 

The Source

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Located in a historic Denver foundry building, The Source offers guests a wide selection of vendors and cool bars to check out.  Here you have your choice of Mexican eats at the taqueria, Comida, to trying innovative brews offered at the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. And have the option of eating in or grabbing something to go, especially freshly baked French bread from Babettes Artisan Breads. The spacious warehouse-like design makes for easy mingling with fellow enthusiasts, providing a comfortable atmosphere for the local community.  

The Plaza Food Hall

New York City’s Plaza Hotel doesn’t disappoint with its lavish food hall, offering only the best-of-the-best when it comes to food and dining options. You can find it on the concourse level, showcasing a wide display of purveyors (many of them offering some super sweet gourmet treats), such as Doughnuttery, FP Patisserie, and La Maison du Chocolat. And for those looking to grab a bite in-house, there’s places like Luke’s Lobster and No. 7 Sub that will surely suffice any hearty appetite. 

Grand Central Market

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An oldie but a goodie, the Grand Central Market houses inside the Homer Laughlin Building has been providing the Los Angeles crowd with plenty of food and attractions over the years (since 1917 to be exact). Here, you’ll find a plethora of culinary offerings that make the city so tasty, including The Oyster Gourmet, Ramen Hood, and Wexler’s Deli. No matter what type of cuisine you’re craving, you can find it inside this popular food hall, and with entertaining events like live drag queen bingo and jazz night, there’s plenty to do after you eat. 

Revival Food Hall

If you're looking for classic Chicago eats in one place, Revival Food Hall is the place to check out. This massive space at The Natural building boasts some of the city’s best chef-driven venues all in one location for your eating pleasure. Looking for something on the lighter side? Head over to Aloha Poke Co for the Volcano Bowl. If you want something a bit meatier, make your way to Graze Kitchenette for a beefy burger. And during the summer months, you can even order a special picnic basket complete with food and drink from your favorite vendors of the food hall. 

Union Market

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For those in the Washington D.C. area, Union Market is the place to go to pick up specialty eats or to dine in. On the hunt for something to take home? The market has plenty of vendors to choose from, such as Brainfood Homegrown, Lyon Bakery, and Little Leaf. But if you’re interested in sticking around and eating inside the hall, you also have your options. Anything from the Italian go-to, Masseria to the rum-infused cocktail haven, Cotton & Reed will surely do the trick. And looking for dinner and a movie? No problem. Stay for a flick at the Angelika Pop-Up hosting different films each week. 

Reading Terminal Market

A longtime staple in the Philadelphia community, Reading Terminal Market has been around since the 1800s, supplying its guests with a large selection of artisan goods. Everything you find here is handmade and fresh, displaying locally-sourced at its finest. Have your selection of The Tubby Olive, Little Thai Market, Nanee’s Kitchen, and Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe. And there’s no short on beverages either, with the likes of Old City Coffee, Four Seasons Juice Bar, and Blue Mountain Vineyards to quench your thirst. 

Coming Soon: Detroit Shipping Co. 

While not opened yet, we had to include Detroit Shipping Co. on the list to get you ready for what’s to come. Following the recent trend of food halls made up of shipping containers (think: Miami’s Charcoal and Long Beach’s SteelCraft), this soon-to-come space in Detroit is expected to open sometime this summer and we can't wait. The hall will feature local restaurants, a couple full bars, and a rooftop beer garden. Like the other food halls of its kind, this location will consist of actual shipping containers where guests can purchase the food they want and choose to stay and enjoy or take on-the-go. Sounds good to us.