Located in a gigantic former Sears building, the Midtown Exchange’s Art Deco exterior belies what's inside: a colorful, eclectic marketplace stocked with an intriguing combination of food and merchandise from many different global regions.
Foodwise, there's a good balance of ready-made fare and groceries for home cooking. Fresh fruits and organic meats share the spotlight with tamales, cheesecake and curried goat. Hungry patrons can get crabby at the Sea Port Market or select artisanal cheeses and bison burgers from Grass Roots Gourmet. The Holy Land Deli satisfies falafel cravings, and an abundance of tables and chairs in common areas provide lunchtime seating.
It's not just about the food. Shoppers can purchase essential oils from Rituals and hand-sewn wall hangings from Hmong Handicrafts, along with Tibetan jewelry, colorful saris, artwork and gift items. The market reflects its neighborhood with lots of ethnic restaurants and stores. Apartments fill the upper floors of the Midtown Exchange. When you enter the market from the parking structure, you first emerge into a slightly grimy lobby with a security desk, but the market is clean and well maintained. There are a couple of ATM machines in the building, as well as a bank and a Global Kids Zone with play equipment.