Favourite Markets Around the World

EUROPE

AFRICA

AUSTRALIA

  • St. Kilda Beach Craft Market-Melbourne, Australia: Sunday markets with a view of the sea. Outdoor stalls line the path with mostly craft items from the tram stop by Fritz Gelato to Luna Park.
  • South Melbourne Market-Melbourne, Australia: Indoor market with some good finds. Surrounding the market are immense food stalls with all sorts of international cuisine. Just outside of the market you’ll find a few organic shops filled with gluten free and vegan/vegetarian friendly foods. It’s the least expensive quinoa and grains shops that I’ve found near the city.
  • Sunday Arts Market-Melbourne, Australia: Craft and delicacies market by the Arts Center on Swanston Street. Various handmade crafts, interesting books/magnets and the streets are filled with sensational smells emanating from food vendors like delicious Dutch profitjes.
  • Queen Victoria Market-Melbourne, Australia: MY FAVOURITE! Fruits, Vegetables, Souvenirs, Home goods, shops on the inside and UGGS for in and out of season. Excellent meat/fish market with knowledgeable staff. Fabulous deli section that will nourish your senses as well as your hunger. Everyday needs and tourist delights inside and out.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market-Melbourne, Australia: Over fifty vendors of international cuisines. Korean twist potatoes, Columbian arepas, Afghani, Greek, Spanish, German, Ethiopian and more offer foodies a fabulous evening complete with bands, craft vendors, and desserts of all kinds. Held Wednesday nights in the summer season at The Vic.
  • Salamanca Market-Hobart, Tasmania, Australia: Outdoor air market filled with Tasmanian specialties.

ASIA

  • Hang Be Market-Hanoi, Vietnam: Spices, rice, fruits, coffees/teas, fish, meat and oodles and oodles of noodles!
  • Ben Thah Market-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Huge indoor market with very tight aisles and little air flow. Some great finds of all kinds. Be sure to bring your patience, flexibility and positive attitudes!
  • Chatachuk Market-Bangkok, Thailand: largest open air market in the world; aisles and aisles of treasures-bring your own toilet paper/wipes and hand sanitzer for the various public restrooms.
  • Pat Pong Night Market-Bangkok, Thailand: Great for deals on sunglasses, dvds, t-shirts, and handbags. Ladies might not feel too comfortable there alone. Stay to the inside aisles as aside from some good restaurants, the outskirts have many loud clubs with exotic dancers and adult lounges.
  • Stanley Market-Hong Kong, SAR: All sorts of goodies from buddha statues to jade to clothing galore. Visit the restaurants down by the water a few blocks from the market for some seaside fare or dip your toes in the sea at the beaches near Shek O.

MIDDLE EAST

NORTH AMERICA

  • West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio: Giant delectable treats of all kinds are available here at ‘Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market’. Sweets, produce, meats and food vendors from all around the world offer insight, food and snacks to all who enter. You can even try a bit of ice wine here.
  • Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington: World renown market over nine-acres provides flying fish shows, delicious food (including prepared, produce, jams, treats and restaurants) like Honest Biscuits and a place to people watch and shop as far as the eyes can see.
  • Liberty Public Market, San Diego, California: Local market, housed within Liberty Station, offering prepared foods, edible delights, tasting room and local and international fare from empanadas to lobster rolls and stuffed burgers to fresh poke bowls.
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  1. I lived in Jo’burg for a short time and loved that Rosebank craft market too! I can’t wait to get to Istanbul to check those out… been on my travel list for a long time. If you love markets like I do, you will also love many of the souks in Morocco. They are quite dreamy as well.

    • Thanks for reading. I’m sure I would love the souks in Morocco and I will definitely tell a friend of mine who’s headed there on a stop on her honeymoon this August. So nice when like minded people can connect. Be well. Cheers, Stacey

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