The New Way to Dine: 4 Cool U.S. Food Halls to Check Out

The 1980s and 1990s were all about malls food courts full of fast food favorites, but with a rising interest in healthier living and fresh ingredients, the food hall is sure to be a trend that will eventually make food courts a thing of the past.  These markets that sell goods from regional vendors and offer guests a variety of innovative restaurants are nothing new in other countries. In recent years though, The United States has seen a surge in the food concept. Unlike mall food courts, food halls are havens that help local culinary talent produce a diverse mix of fare, giving customers quality shopping and dining experiences. Check out a few food halls that are helping to change the way Americans approach food. 

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market - Atlanta, GA - A hop skip and jump from Atlanta's beltline, Ponce City Market has a variety of spots for retail therapy, but many go simply to indulge in the variety of goodies offered. From upscale restaurant options to vendors that sell fresh juices made from local produce,  everyone can find something they love in this food hall that seems to stay packed. 

Web:  |  Address: 675 Ponce De Leon Avenue NE, Fourth Ward


anaheim packing district

Anaheim Packing District - Ananheim, CA - Los Angeles has their share of food halls, but if you want to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city, venture out to Anaheim to spend a few hours roaming through the Packing District. From bars, to restaurants and desserts, this two-story atrium offers something  for every palate. 

Web:  |  Address: 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805


mercantile and mash

Mercantile and Mash - Charleston, SC - Located within Charleston's historic Cigar Factory, Mercantile and Mash is a dual concept that gives visitors an assortment of quality food options. Mercantile, the 7,500 square foot food emporium, features a grab-and-go food counter with breakfast, lunch and dinner options, a coffee counter, and a grocery program that sells goods from local vendors. Located directly next door is Mash, the Americana bar component that serves whiskeys, beers and cool bar snacks.

Web:  |  Address: 701 E. Bay Street, Downtown Charleston, SC 29403



ferry building - sanfran

Ferry Building Marketplace - San Francisco, CA - Housed in the ferry building in San Francisco's Embarcadero neighborhood, this food hall is a haven for visitors and tourists alike.  With over 40 restaurants and specialty food vendors, The Ferry Building Marketplace is a must-visit food hall in the city. On the weekends, the farmer's market sets up outside of the building to offering foodies mouth-watering fare and local ingredients.

Web:  |  Address: One Ferry Building San Francisco, CA 94111