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

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

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.

25 Best Markets in the World to Put on Your Bucket List.

25 BEST MARKETS IN THE WORLD TO PUT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST

1. Tsukiji Fish Market

Location: Tokyo, Japan
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.

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

Tsukiji Fish Market (25 Best Markets in the World to Put on Your Bucket List).

2. Jemaa El Fnaa

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Hours: Approximately 9AM – 1AM (some shops were closing up around 9PM)

This square and surrounding alleyways is home to snake charmers, spices, local goods, and at night, a large outdoor food court. Here’s part I and part II of our photo diary.

Things to See in Marrakech.

3. Grand Bazaar

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am–7pm

This is another market that is worth the visit just for the architecture alone. In addition to the roughly 4000 shops selling anything you can think of, there are also two mosques, four fountains, and two hammams within the bazaar.

Grand Bazaar Istanbul Turkey (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

4. Marché Monge

Location: Paris, France
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.

Marche Monge Paris (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

5. Chandni Chowk Market

Location: Delhi, India
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.

Chandni Chowk Market in Delhi India (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

6. Pike Place Market

Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
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.

Pike Place Market Seattle (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).Pike Place Seattle (25 Amazing Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

7. Shilin Night Market

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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.

Shilin Night Market Taipei Taiwan (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

8. La Boqueria Market 

Location: Barcelona, Spain
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.

La Boqueria Market Barcelona (25 Best Marketplaces in the World).

9. Chatuchak Weekend Market

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Hours: 6AM-6PM Daily

Over 200,000 people visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market on any given day and an estimated 15,000 stalls. They have live animals, antiques, clothes, food, and more.

Chatuchak Weekend Market Bangkok Thailand (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

10. Rialto Market

Location: Venice, Italy
Hours: Tues-Sun 7AM-2PM

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

Rialto Market Venice Italy (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

11. Portland Farmers Market

Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
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.

Portland Farmers Market (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

12. St. Lawrence Market

Location: Toronto, Canada
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.

St Lawrence Market Toronto Canada (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

13. Mercat Central Valencia

Location: Valencia, Spain
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.

Mercat Central Valencia (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

14. Central Market

Location: Athens, Greece
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! :)

Central Market Athens Greece (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).Central Market Athens (25 Famous Markets in the World to Put on Your Bucket List).
Central Market Athens Greece (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

15. Queen Victoria Market

Location: Melbourne, Australia
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.

Queen Victoria Market Melbourne (25 Amazing Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

16. Yashow Market

Location: Beijing, China
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.

Yashow Market Beijing (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).
Photo courtesy of Ray Cunningham

17. Camden Lock Market

Location: London, United Kingdom
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.

Camden Lock Market London - Famous World Marketplace in London.

18. Mercado de San Miguel

Location: Madrid, Spain
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.

Mercado de San Miguel Madrid (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

19. Stanley Market

Location: Hong Kong
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!

Stanley Market Hong Kong (25 Famous Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List

20. Testaccio Market

Location: Rome, Italy
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.

Testaccio Market Rome (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

21. Souqs in Dubai

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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.

Gold Souq in Dubai (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

22. Castries Market

Location: Castries City, St. Lucia

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.

Castries Market St Lucia (Famous World Marketplace).

23. Ver-o-Peso

Location: Belém, Brazil
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.

Ver-o-Peso Belem Brazil (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

24. Kashgar Bazaar

Location: Kashgar, China

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.

Kashgar Bazaar China (World Famous Market).

25. Khan El-Khalili

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Hours: Varies (early morning til sundown), Closed Friday Mornings and Sunday

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.

Khan El-Khalili Cairo (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).Khan El-Khalili Cairo (25 Best Markets in the World to Add to Your Bucket List).

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?

xoxo estherJacob

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