I have been meaning to visit the North Market since we first got here in July. I was determined that today was the day, and am I glad that I went!
The market sits north of downtown Columbus, with its own parking lot charging a minimal fee if you get a stamp validation inside the market. Once you are inside, all your senses will be woken up with scents, sounds, and colors.
There were plenty of ethnic foods (Thai, Polish, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese, to name a few), locally grown meats and poultry and produce from local farms. Chocolate shops, locally made ice cream, artisan bread, and beautiful cookware also made up this very well run market that opens year-round!
San Franciscans will be reminded of the Ferry Building. But I am going to risk it and say that I preferred this one to the San Francisco food icon. It's a bit more real somehow... even without the San Francisco bay at its door-step.
Each Saturday in the summer, the North Market also hosts a farmer's market. I may have to check that out this weekend, and report back on it!