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25 Best Markets in the World to Put On Your Bucket List

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One of the best ways to see, hear, smell, touch, taste, and experience local culture is through their marketplaces. Recently, we’ve made it more of a practice to visit markets whenever we travel. They’re great places to find local goods, yummy foods, and people watch.

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Last Updated: March 13, 2024

25 Best Markets in the World to Put On Your Bucket List

1. Tsukiji Fish Market

Location: 4 Chome-13 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan, map   |   Hours: 3AM-11AM Daily

Get up really early if you want to catch the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. You’ll see huge fish laid out on ice and the hustle and bustle of locals trying to get the freshest catch. Although you probably won’t be buying anything, there are places where you can get the best and freshest sushi in the city.

Unfortunately taking photos here is frowned upon. Many people fake taking photos of themselves just to get photos of fish.

Pro Tip: Wondering where to go to eat the best seafood in Tsukiji market? Let locals help you navigate through their favorite stalls and restaurants in the market on the MagicalTrip’s Tsukiji Fish Market tour.

See More: 15 Coolest Things to do in Tokyo Japan

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2. Jemaa El Fnaa →

Location: 31.625777,-7.9899268, map   |   Hours: ~ 9AM – 1AM (some shops were closing up around 9PM)

This square and surrounding alleyways are home to snake charmers, spices, local goods, and, at night, a large outdoor food court. 

I thought spices would be everywhere, but there is a specific spice market area. I wandered for hours to find this spice shop below.

See More: The Beautiful Colors of Marrakech at Jemaa El Fna

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3. Grand Bazaar

Location: Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, map   |   Hours: Mon to Sat 9am–7pm

This is another market worth visiting for the architecture. In addition to the roughly 4000 shops, you’ll also find two mosques, four fountains, and two hammams within the bazaar.

See More: What to Pack for Istanbul Turkey (Winter Packing Checklist)

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4. Marché Monge

Location: 1 Place Monge, 75005 Paris, France, map   |   Hours: 7AM-2:30PM Wed, Fri, Sun

This is one of the most popular outdoor food markets in Paris, where you can fresh produce, organic products, and delicious cheese and fish.

See More: 11 Best Places to Visit in Paris for First-Timers

5. Chandi Chowk Market

Location: 2573, Nai Sarak, Raghu Ganj, Roshanpura, Delhi 110006, India, map   |   Hours: 10AM-7PM Mon-Sat

Delhi is home to many well-known markets, but the most popular street market is Chandni Chowk. It has been around for centuries, and you can buy anything here, from custom clothes to exotic food.

Local Tip: Have fun!

See More: Recap of Our Endless Caravan

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6. Pike Place Market →

Location: 86 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, map   |    Hours: 9AM-6PM Mon-Sat, 9AM-5PM Sun

Pike Place Market is a staple in Seattle. Fresh produce, beautiful flowers, fresh fish, and art can be found in the stalls here. You can even pull up a seat and have some of the best seafood around.

See More: How to Spend the Perfect Weekend in Seattle (2-3 Day Itinerary for First Timers)

7. Shilin Night Market

Location: Taiwan, Taipei City, 111, No. 65, Section 5, Zhongshan North Road, map   |   Hours: 7PM-12AM Daily

This is Taipei’s largest night market and is best known as a large food court! Get some fried buns, sip on bubble tea, and in case you’re not hungry, there are still plenty of non-food related shops.

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8. La Boqueria Market

Location: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain, map   |   Hours: 8AM-8:30PM Daily

This is another market for the food lovers out there. In addition to all the food you can buy and eat, there is also a culinary school that is located in the market.

See More: What to Eat in Spain – 15 Spanish Foods You Must Try

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9. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Location: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand, map   |   Hours: 6AM-6PM Wed-Sun

Over 200,000 people visit on any given day to an estimated 15,000 stalls at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, aka JJ Market or simply the weekend market. They have live animals, antiques, clothes, food, and more.

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10. Rialto Market

Location: Sestiere San Polo, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy, map   |   Hours: Tues-Sun 7:30AM-12PM

Set amidst the Rialto Bridge, you can find tons of fresh produce and seafood at this market. The highlight of this market is that you’ll also find produce on gondolas, giving it a floating market feel!

I’m sad we didn’t get to peruse, but I got to shoot it from the water while we taxied past it.


11. Portland Farmers Market

Location: 1803 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201, map   |   Hours: Saturdays 8:30AM-2PM

This may not sound like an exotic marketplace, but it still holds its own. You can find just about anything fresh at this market, including fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood. In case you’re looking for other things to do in PDX, here’s our bucket list of 101 things to do.

See More: 49 Best Places to Eat in Portland

12. St. Lawrence Market

Location: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada, map   |   Hours: Tues-Thurs 8AM-6PM, Fri 8AM-7PM, Sat 5AM-5PM

You can find produce, handcrafts, antiques, and more at this market. They even have art and cultural exhibitions in case you’re not in the shopping mood. Try the world famous peameal bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery. It’s been here for over 30 years.

Local Tip: The Kensington Market is also a great area but is more of a neighborhood with small shops. The Distillery District is also a fun shopping and restaurant destination.

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13. Valencia Mercat Central

Location: Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain, map   |   Hours: 7AM-3PM Mon-Sat

This is a beautiful market with seasonal products and roughly 1,000 stalls. While you’re perusing all the stalls, be sure to take some time to take in all the stained glass and mosaics.

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14. Central Market

Location: Athinas 42, Athina 105 51, Greece, map   |    Hours: 8AM-6PM Mon-Sat

Find fresh fish, local produce, and stall after stall of meats at this iron-and-glass market. If you’re looking for non-food items, the Monastriki Flea Market is closeby and is home to books, pirated videos, and antiques.

I was intrigued and taking tons of photos of hanging meat and cow heads (never seen that before), and this butcher wanted a photo with me. Maybe one day he’ll see his photo up on here! :)

See More: Guide to the World’s Oldest City – The Acropolis of Athens

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15. Queen Victoria Market →

Location: Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia, map   |   Hours: 6AM-2PM Tues-Sun

This is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Shop, grab a coffee, or just chat with the locals and tourists.

We waited in a crazy long line for these donuts. They did not live up to the hype, but maybe they’re not my style of donut.

See More: 25 Things to Do in Melbourne Australia for First Timers

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16. Yashow Market

Location: 58 Gongti St, Fangshan District, Beijing, China, map   |   Hours: 8:30AM-9PM Daily

The Yashow Market is home to multiple floors of clothes, electronics, tailors, toys, and more! Be sure you know how to haggle before shopping here otherwise you’ll be grossly overpaying. You can also check out Beijing’s Silk Market which is similar but more modernized.

Local Tip: Have fun!

See More: Ultimate Beijing Bucket List (101 Things to do in Beijing China)

17. Camden Lock Market

Location: Chalk Farm Rd Camden Town, London NW1 8AB UK, map   |   Hours: 11AM-6PM Daily

Go furniture shopping, pick up some clothes, or just hang out at this major tourist attraction. In addition to being a marketplace, they host special events like concerts and art shows. Even one of our favorite bands, Foo Fighters, has performed here. For the foodies, check out Borough Market.

See More: How to Spend the Perfect Weekend in London Itinerary

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18. Mercado de San Miguel →

Location: Plaza de San Miguel, S/N, 28005 Madrid, Spain, map   |   Hours: 10AM-12AM Tues-Thurs, 10AM-2AM Fri-Sun

This food market is the perfect place for tapas and a glass of wine. You can pick up Spanish gourmets and mingle with the locals.

See More: Our Photo Guide of Mercado de San Miguel Madrid

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19. Stanley Market

Location: Stanley Municipal Services Building, 6號 Stanley Market Rd, Stanley, Hong Kong, map   |   Hours: 10AM-6PM Daily

Shop for clothes, art, local gifts, and more at one of the most popular markets in Hong Kong. If you’re not looking for anything in particular, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal and people watch. While you’re in Hong Kong, be sure to check out the Temple Street night market as well!

20. Testaccio Market

Location: Via Aldo Manuzio, 66b, 00153 Roma RM, Italy, map   |   Hours:6AM-3PM Mon-Sat

This market combines the availability of fresh produce, seafood, and meat with an outlet. You can get last season’s shoes at discounted prices, vintage clothes, and even designer household items.

Local Tip: Have fun!

See More: 10+ Best Things to Do in Rome Italy

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21. Souqs in Dubai

Location: DeiraAl Ras – Dubai – United Arab Emirates, map   |   Hours: Sat-Thurs 10AM-10PM (many close between 1-4PM), Friday 4PM-10PM

Dubai has many different souks / markets, but the most popular are the Gold Souq and the Spice Souq. You can haggle for cheap gold, and the government keeps tight control over the quality so you know that everything is genuine.

22. Castries Market

Location: 55 John Compton Hwy, Castries, St. Lucia, map   |   Hours: 8:30AM-9PM Daily

Shop for island spices, breadfruit, tropical fruits, and more at this orange-roofed building. If you’re not looking for produce, it’s still a great place to get hot and fresh food.


23. Ver-o-peso

Location: Complexo do ver o peso – Av. Blvd. Castilhos França – Comércio, Belém – PA, 66013-030, Brazil, map   |   Hours: 5AM-6PM Daily

Visit the Ver-o-Peso docks to see this chaotic market. If you want to watch the fisherman unload their catches, visit early in the morning. Otherwise, swing by the market building to find fresh produce and seafood coming straight from the Amazon.

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24. Kashgar Bazaar

Location: Jiefang Middle Rd, Kargilik County, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang, China, map

This is a massive market that is broken up into two sections: one for livestock and the other for everything else. You can buy horses, furniture, clothes, bicycles, and more, and makes for an amazing place to people watch.

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25. Khan El-Khalili

Location: El-Gamaleya, El Gamaliya, Cairo Governorate, Egypt, map   |   Hours:Varies (early morning til sundown), Closed Fri Morn and Sun

Over 900 shops offer perfume, jewelry, glassware, and more at this market. You can even watch some of the artists create their beautiful pieces right in front of you. I actually went shopping here a few days before the bombings in 2009. 


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Essential Tips

  • Doublecheck hours before visiting. If you’re traveling during a holiday, they may be closed or hours may differ.
  • Watch for pickpockets – Since markets are a blend of locals and tourists, it’s a common place for pickpockets to target unsuspecting visitors. It happens in any big city.
  • Carry Cash – Every market is different, but it’s always good to have cash. There were always at least a few vendors who were cash only at the markets we visited.
  • Learn to bargain! Again, this won’t be true at every market, but for the most part, you can learn to bargain and learn more about the haggling culture.

Planning Checklist

How many of these have you been to? When you travel, do you try to visit a market? Are there any other (non-seasonal) markets we need to check out?

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