Looking for great value on everything from vintage cloths to vinyl or from sneakers to shades? Want to know where to find the best selection of stalls filled with great value products? Then check out our top ten markets from around the world…
Smack bang in the middle of Camden’s bustling High Street, the famous Camden Market us home to around 200 different vendors. Stroll along the narrow, winding paths marked out by the stalls and you’ll see everything from boots to badges. Lots of alternative clothing is available here, alongside a plethora of t-shirts complete with witty one-liners. Handmade jewellery, bags and clothes are also available. Open daily 9.30am-6pm.
2. Amsterdam: Stroll through the Albert Cuypmarkt
In operation for around a hundred years, the Albert Cuypmarkt is the most popular market in the Netherlands. Close to the Heineken Experience and only a short tram ride from the city centre, Amsterdam’s favourite marketplace is home to over 200 different stalls. Lining both sides of the street, it’s a great spot to find everything from leather goods to cheap toiletries. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.
3. Bangkok: Wander around the gigantic Chatuchak Weekend Market
One of the world’s biggest markets, Chatuchak is a must when visiting Bangkok. Here you’ll come across a staggering 15,000 different stalls, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting it each day. Be prepared to bargain as you wander from stall to stall. Amongst the seemingly never-ending selection of goods on offer you’ll find vinyl records, vintage clothes, furniture, flowers, an enormous selection of handicrafts, and much more. Open Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm.
4. Hong Kong: Spend the evening at Temple Street Night Market
Hong Kong’s busiest night market can be found in the Kowloon area of the city. As evening approaches, both locals and tourists flock here to get their hands on cheap (and not always authentic) goods from the numerous stalls. To get your hands on the bags, clothes, watches and more sold here you’ll have to bargain. But really, at markets like this, bargaining is half the fun. Open daily 4pm-midnight.
5. Athens: Stock up on shoes at the Monastiraki Flea Market
If you love sneakers then this market is definitely the place to go. Skate bands, trendy trainers and running shoes can all be found in abundance. That’s not all you’ll be able to buy here, with clothes, watches, DVDs, souvenirs and much more also available. Monastiraki is located right in the city centre and is one of Athens’ best-loved shopping areas. Open daily 11am-11pm.
6. Barcelona: Find that elusive first edition at the Mercat de Sant Antoni
This market is held inside a beautiful building dating back to 1882, with stalls also surrounding the building’s perimeter. A huge range of goods can be bought here, from clothes and shoes to all different types of food. More unusual items such as comic books and stamps often turn up here too, especially on Sundays when the market really comes alive. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-8pm.
7. Auckland: Bring home a souvenir from Victoria Park Market
A mixture of stalls and stores, Auckland’s best-loved market affords visitors the opportunity to buy clothes, shoes, and handcrafts, as well as a plethora of New Zealand mementos. Trading here began in 1984 and today the Victoria Park Market is visited by large numbers of curious shoppers each and every day. Open daily 9am-6pm.
8. Paris: Pick out antiques and more at St-Ouen Flea Market
The market at Saint-Ouen has been on the go for almost 125 years. As the largest market of its kind in the world, it covers a substantial 7 hectares. Though it’s billed as an antiques market, that’s not all you’ll find in this hugely popular spot. Clothes and more grace some of the stalls here. Open Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm, Monday 11am-5pm.
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9. Melbourne: Roam around the Queen Victoria Market
Not only will you find all kinds of authentic Australian foods here, but wander a little further into the Queen Victoria Market and you’ll find a host of vendors selling clothes and more. This open-air marketplace was established in 1878 and throughout its over 130 year history it has retained its position as the city’s top market. Open Tuesday and Thursday 6am-2pm, Friday 6am-5pm, Saturday 6am-3pm, Sunday 9am-4pm.
10. New York: Unearth some real treasures at the GreenFlea Market
Just behind the Museum of Natural History, you’ll find one of New York’s top open-air markets. Called GreenFlea because of its mix of produce and flea market style stalls, it’s been in operation since 1985. Vintage clothing, handmade jewellery, furniture, vinyl records, books, antiques, and much more are all available from numerous vendors. Open on Sundays, November-March 10am-5.3ppm, April-October 10am-6pm.