Whether you go for shopping, snacking or prime people watching, markets are an attraction you won’t want to miss when you’re traveling. Check out some of the best ones you need to include on your bucket list!
Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey
Considered to be one of the world’s largest and oldest enclosed markets, the Grand Bazaar is a sprawling market that goes all the way back to Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461. Sample the local tea, watch the artisans at work, and don’t forget to try your hand at haggling.
Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan
You wouldn’t be able to shop here for pasalubong or gift items, but Tsukiji offers an experience you won’t get anywhere else. Make sure you get up bright and early to watch the live tuna auction, happening every morning in the wholesale market. Head out to one of the many sushi counters after the auction for a topnotch sushi breakfast.
La Boqueria in Barcelona, Spain
What’s the best advice we can give for a trip to La Boqueria? Go early and go hungry! This famous food market is not just a tourist favorite but also a local haunt, turning it into a busy spot come lunchtime. Sample fresh fruits, slices of wood-fired pizzas, and of course, the Spanish specialty, tapas.
Borough Market in London, England
Located near the London Bridge, Borough Market makes for a great pitstop should you find yourself starving after sightseeing. Stall owners and merchants readily hand out free bites, so foodies will have a grand time sampling the goods before purchase.
Shilin Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei is brimming with many markets targeted towards foodies and shopaholics, but Shilin remains to be a tourist favorite. Get your dose of Taiwanese street food, such as pepper bun, oyster omelet, bubble tea, and the infamous stinky tofu.
Jemaa El Fnaa in Marrakech, Morocco
Snake charmers, spice merchants, fortune tellers, food hawkers – these are just some of the interesting locals you will encounter in Morocco’s Jemaa El Fnaa. The enticing souk maintains an air of magic and mystery, something you can attempt to decode as you sip your Moroccan mint tea in a market cafe.
Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok is home to many malls and all sorts of markets, but Chatuchak’s 15,000 stalls is a must-stop should you be in Bangkok on a weekend. Best to not have a game plan other than enjoying yourself, since there will be many treats to try and trinkets to check out.
Christmas market in Strasbourg, France
If you’re lucky enough to be in France during the holiday season, make sure you include Strasbourg in your itinerary. Home to Europe’s first ever Christmas market, Strasbourg’s Christmas market offers items such as handmade crafts and ornaments, along with holiday food and drinks perfect for merrymaking.
Main Image Credit: Jemaa El Fna
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