World Famous Markets and Bazaar's

World Famous Markets and Bazaar's
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Shopping is a past time favored by nearly every woman in the world, and quite a few men. Some say, that there is nothing quite as exhilarating as the purchase of something shiny and new; or a unique and unusual acquisition, found in the corner of a junky looking market stall. Markets everywhere harbor hidden treasures, just waiting to be found.

From wholesale markets selling large quantities of goods for retail, to the tunnel-like souks of North Africa and the Middle East, there is nothing quite so exciting as a find in a market. But wherein the world is the best place to sample the delights of markets, bazaars and souks?


There is nowhere in the world that has such an interesting array of markets, from wholesale meat market of Smithfield to fruit and vegetable's in New Covent Garden, to the many clothing, thrift and vintage markets. London has it all.

Finding the best London has to offer is quite a task as there are many amazing markets selling clothing, accessories and trinkets. There are large markets such as Borough Market, medium sized markets such as Petticoat Lane and small markets such as Dover Street Market. But two particularly stand out, Portobello Road and Camden Markets. Both of these are synonymous with youth culture and fashion. Camden Markets is the 4th most visited attraction of London, its markets sells everything from bric-a-brac and craft to fast food. Portobello Road in trendy Notting Hill is the ideal place for vintage clothing and antiques.

Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco is famous for its traditional markets, and none are more revered than the one in Marrakech, which has the largest traditional souk in the country.

The Djemaa el Fna, one of the busiest markets in Africa is a way of life for the locals and a source of amazement for visitors.

The square in which it is held is a hive of activity with acrobats, story-tellers, dancers and musicians; alongside stalls selling trinkets, clothes, water, in fact anything at all.

At night food stalls open in the square and the souk becomes a busy open air restaurant.

Cairo, Egypt

North Africa is renowned for its souks and the busy Khan el-Khalili is an ancient shopping area in Cairo.

The souk (suq in Arabic) is one of the oldest in Africa dating back to 1382, and houses a number of stalls and shops in its winding alleyways, many with their own factory or workshop attached.

Paris, France

The famous Paris flea market, on the banks of the River Seine, is in the district of Saint-Ouen.

It is widely appreciated to be one of the most important antique and second hand furniture markets in the world; and is held every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.


Bangkok plays host to a plethora of markets. From the tourist orientated Patpong market, where cheap fake designer items can be bought, to Chatuchak weekend market, which is the largest market in Thailand, to the famous floating fruit and vegetable market of Taling Chan, bartering is a way of life in Thailand.

Source by Rob W. Colbourn


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