Worldwide Markets: How Bazaar

Sick of walking up and down crappy high streets and shopping centres bigger than small countries? Try these old school markets for size. You never know, one might be on your doorstep (you are from Morocco, right?)
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Sick of walking up and down crappy high streets and shopping centres bigger than small countries? Try these old school markets for size. You never know, one might be on your doorstep (you are from Morocco, right?)

This sprawling bazaar, opened in the 1400s, is the largest indoor market in Turkey and it’s very easy to get lost here. With over 1,200 merchants occupying some 60 covered streets, the 250,000 daily visitors come for the gold and silver jewelry, leather goods, carpets, herbs and spices, and perennially fascinating belly dancing outfits.

Camden Markets, London, England

Consisting of several adjoining markets, including Camden Lock Market and Stables Market, Camden Market is London’s fourth biggest tourist attraction. Best known for its Punk rock heritage, today it attracts all types. While there are a few shops for the Goths and other subculture crowds, you can also find endless mainstream goods, from furniture and clothing to books and handmade crafts.

The Djemaa, Marrakech, Morocco

The exotic Moroccan square which leads in Marrakech’s biggest market features snake charmers, street artists, and merchants selling every food stuff under the sun. The market itself however is huge and divided into sections providing gold, furniture, clothing, leather and spices from every corner of the globe. Hire a guide if you are in a hurry. If not spend days getting thoroughly lost in its winding streets.

Merkato, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa's Merkato used to be the largest open air market in Africa, though now much of it is indoors. This vibrant market offers everything from livestock to electronics. It's an incredible spot for people-watching, though beware of pickpockets in the crowded halls.

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand

Once just for traders and wholesalers, this weekend market is now a hotspot for travelers ready to shop. Containing over 8,000 stalls, spread across 35 acres, it's impossible to see everything in just one day. The market has clothing galore, but you will also find crafts, ceramics, pets and pet supplies, books, antiques, furniture, art, and anything else you can imagine.

Khan el Khalili Market, Cairo, Egypt

Located in the Islamic part of Cairo, the labyrinthine Khan el Khalili Market has been a shopping staple since 1382 and helped put Cairo on the map as an international trade center. It's not just an Egyptian market; it has goods from around the world, and it's not just for tourists. The merchants are known to be pushy salesmen, but this is the perfect place to purchase spices, glassware, jewelry, textiles, brass and copperware, ceramics, perfumes, and more. There are also many street food vendors and coffee shops.

"Best known for its Punk rock heritage, today it attracts all types. There's shops for the Goths and other subculture crowds, but you can also find endless mainstream goods, from furniture and clothing to books and crafts."

Tepoztlan Market, Mexico

This small-town Sunday market is located just south of Mexico City and features chillies galore. It’s not a place for knock-off bags and tourist tat—instead, you will see locally produced wooden kitchenware, baskets, dried peppers, and ceramics. Food vendors sell fresh tortillas, quesadillas, fried fish, and tamales. You can even sample some fried grasshoppers if the mood strikes.

Marche aux Puces is Paris, France

Paris’ most famous flea market, the Marche aux Puces is actually more than a dozen combined flea markets, selling everything from household junk to valuable antiques. There are anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 open-air stalls and shops, plus many cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the area to sit and admire your new purchases.

The Bazaar of Tabriz, Iran

Holding the title of the largest covered market in the world and one of the Middle East’s oldest Bazaars, the Tabriz bazaar is located in the heart of the city. It is massive and consists of several sub-bazaars, such as Amir Bazaar for gold and jewelry and  Mozzafarieh for carpets, a shoe bazaar, and much more.

San Lorenzo Market in Florence, Italy

This market is quite touristy, but it’s very colorful and exciting, and the merchants aren’t very pushy. In addition to the ubiquitous sunglasses, bags, and watches, there are also countless stalls selling a variety of scarves, real leather goods, ties, ceramics and jewelry.

Anjuna Flea Market, Goa, India

Once a ‘60s hotspot, the market started as a place for hippies to sell their goods when they ran out of money and wanted to stay at the beach longer. The market takes place on a long stretch of the Anjuna beach, and you will find merchants here every Wednesday, from Tibet to Kashmiri, selling goods from all over—but particularly India. You will find everything from spices to sarongs and shirts to used books.

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