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Very Interesting Markets from Around the World

Submitted by on November 3, 2009 – 11:16 pm5 Comments

Markets are traditionally held in a market square in a market town and are often held only on particular days of the week or certain times of the year. Sometimes referred to as fairs, souks and bazaars, markets can often be found in large enclosed spaces instead of on a street. They usually offer great values on everything from fruits and vegetables, to clothes, to live animals. Want to know where to find an interesting selection of market stalls filled with unique and interesting products? Have a look at these very interesting markets from around the world:


The San Telmo Antiques Fair – Known for its bohemian charm and historic appeal, the quaint and funky Buenos Aires barrio of San Telmo is full of energy every day. However, on Sundays, it truly comes to life. Every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, the Plaza Dorrego is home to the San Telmo Antiques Fair. To call this an antiques fair, or market, really doesn’t speak to what this event is. As you walk along the cobblestone streets among the antique sales, tango dancers perform and provide entertainment for the crowd and, once night falls, the fair evolves into a milonga (a street side dance party). Read the complete story…


Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market – The Tsukiji Fish Market is a wholesale market that handles the distribution of fish, fruit, vegetables, meat and flowers for metropolitan Tokyo. The market is the largest fish and seafood wholesale market in the world handling over 3,000 tons of 450 different types of seafood each day. The vibrant atmosphere of buyers and sellers running around, scooters buzzing by and forklifts loading trucks attracts tourists from around the world and has turned the Tsukiji Fish Market into a major tourist attraction. Read the complete story…


Chichicastenango – Guatemala’s Largest MarketChichicastenango (Chi Chi) is a small Mayan town in the western highlands of Guatemala which is famous for its traditional market. Market days are Thursday and Sunday and, each week, the colorful scene attracts both locals and international tourists. One of the most striking sights in Chichicastenango is the myriad of colors present in the multiple styles of traditional native dress of the local woman from all over Guatemala. Those knowledgeable about the textiles can tell where the wearers are from as many of the costumes are village or group specific. Read the complete story…


The Pushkar Camel Fair – Each November before the full moon, thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake in the holy city of Pushkar in the state of Rajastan, India to be a part of the amazing Pushkar Camel Fair. During the full moon days, a tented city is created adjacent to Pushkar Lake where people from around the globe cover the sand dunes to enjoy the festivities, trade livestock and handicrafts, participate in camel races and experience music, dance and drama. The colors, music and festivities of the annual Pushkar Camel Fair make for a magical experience that visitors are sure to never forget. Read the complete story…


The Witches Market in La Paz, Bolivia – The markets in La Paz, Bolivia, like many places, are an essential part of the culture and a vital part of the city. In La Paz, there are a number of markets that stretch across the city where one can buy just about anything. There are several food markets, a flower market, an artisans’ market and even a black market where you can buy bootlegs and Polo shirts for the equivalent of 2 USD. However, the most interesting market and one of the more unique sights in La Paz is the Witches’ Market. In Spanish it is known as El Mercado de las Brujas and it has become a popular tourist attraction that people from all over the world come to experience. Read the complete story…


The Carmel Market in Tel Aviv – While there are loads of things for travelers to see and do in Tel Aviv, no trip is complete without a visit to one of the many markets located around the city. Tel Aviv offers a great array of outdoor markets or “shuks” where vendors erect stalls and sell all sorts of things from fresh produce to antiques and souvenirs. Wandering around them is a unique way to experience real life in Israel and observe a clear reflection of the the local Israeli people. For someone like me who loves to walk and wander around, people watching at Tel Aviv’s bustling markets is the best show in town. Read the complete story…

IMAGES VIA: HelenaN, jaybergesen, Matthew Winterburn, eric @ flickr, Miss Mass, and noam_fein on flickr


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