Favourite Markets Around the World
- Greenwich Market-London, England, UK: Complete with yummy global food court and kitchy finds.
- Borough Market-London, England, UK: Foodies delight! From breads, to desserts to my husband’s most favourite Salt Beef Roll shop; calories can’t possibly matter in a place where taste buds are a first priority.
- Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria on Las Ramblas-Barcelona, Spain: The colors catch your eye upon entering this market-beautifully filled stalls with candies/lollies, fruits, vegetables and all sorts of international fare. Pick up your picnic for an afternoon in the park/beach right here!
- The African Craft Market of Rosebank-Johannesburg, South Africa: Huge upstairs craft market filled with wooden and stone crafts that can be certified and sealed to take through the most stringent customs borders.
- 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.
- 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.
- Grand Bazaar-Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey: Hawkers abound but the apple tea is worth the visit-you’ll find better prices outside of this tourist site.
- Spice Market-Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey: Great colors and smells in this small market. Keep in mind although it looks as if feeding the birds in the square in front of the market is free; there is a definite fee for the seed.
- 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.