There’s a reason people love frequenting Europe for the food. Wandering aimlessly for hours in outdoor food courts has been a European way of life for generations, and this time-honored tradition is finally finding a place in America’s leading urban metropolises. Simply put, long gone are the days of boring lunch breaks: Upending the typical weekday fast dash to the cafeteria are urban food halls, thoughtfully offering local fare from each city’s best restaurants in one convenient and delicious stop. Here, discover the best new openings around the country and a guide to eating your way through each.

With its opening, this September, Denver Central Market brings a gourmet food emporium and community meeting place in the heart of Colorado’s capital city. It’s housed in an industrial 1920s building in the city’s River North Art District, where chef Jeff Osaka, owner of Denver-based Osaka Ramen and Sushi-Rama, curated the all-local selection of vendors. Upend the traditional dining order with dessert first at High Point Creamery. Take your pick from a selection of ice cream flights, sorbets, and custom sodas. And save room for the Ice Kouign sandwich, continue reading here…