13 Of The Most Famous Local Street Markets In The World You Should Visit!

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When you travel to a new city, visiting a local market tells a lot about the culture, economic relations, and the history of the country. And of course, you can find local food, souvenirs, and a lot of other interesting things that you can’t find anywhere else. Here are the 13 most famous street markets from around the world!

1. Kapalıçarşı (The Grand Bazaar), İstanbul

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Built in the 15th century, Kapalıçarşı is the oldest covered market in the world: It covers an area of 588,280 sq ft (54,653 square meters). You can lose yourself in the maze of 56 interconnecting vaulted passages, housing over 4,000 shops. It’s one of Istanbul’s symbols, and it receives 250,000 – 400,000 visitors each day!

2. Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

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It’s an ancient market, and it’s the only remaining market of the 19th century. It was a major food market in back then, but today it has been of equal measures including other stuff like jewelry, furniture, clothes and appliances.

3. Chatuchak Market, Bangkok

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The Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the largest markets in the world. It’s a major attraction in Bangkok, and features a wide and diverse variety of products, from clothing to Thai handicraft, religious figures to food and even live animals. This hugely popular market receives over 200,000 visitors each day, attracting locals and tourists alike.

4. Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, Paris

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The Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen is generally thought to be the biggest flea market in the world. You can expect to find almost everything: from broken bed frames to faded curtains and sofas with the stuffing coming out.

5. Khan El-Khalili bazaar, Cairo

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Khan El-Khalili bazaar is a huge tourist attraction in Cairo. The scent of spices, the hustle and bustle of trade, and the many beautiful objects that can be purchased will have you lost among alleys for hours. You can find spices, souvenirs, silver jewelry, t-shirts, galabiyas, belly dancing costumes, and many other things.

6. St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

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St. Lawrence Market hosts food stalls, restaurants and the St. Lawrence Market Gallery. The South building dates to 1845, and has been rebuilt twice, and still incorporates a section of its original building which was used as Toronto City Hall from 1845. It was named the world's best food market by National Geographic in April 2012!

7. Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

It’s the world's largest, busiest fish market and has long been a favorite destination for tourists. The main attraction is the live tuna auctions every day at 5 a.m. It’s limited to 120 people, admitted in two shifts of 60. You can register starting at 4:30 a.m. at the fish information center inside the Kachidoki Gate off Harumi Street. If you prefer to do your exploring at a more reasonable hour, keep in mind that by 9 a.m., business will have already started to wind down.

8. The Crawford Market, Mumbai

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The Crawford Market is one of South Mumbai's most famous markets. It houses a wholesale fruit, vegetable, and poultry market. One end of the market is a pet store. Different varieties of dogs, cats, and birds can be found in this area. Also, endangered species are illegally sold there.  Most of the shops inside the market sell imported items such as foods, cosmetics, household, and gift items.

9. San Telmo Antique Fair, Buenos Aires

It began as a 270-stall antique market in 1971 and has grown into a huge come-as-you-are street bazaar that draws over 12,000 people every week. Defensa Street is pedestrian street and packed with entertainers jockeying for attention and an international array of street vendors who display their goods on the pavement. The offerings include antiquities from Argentina’s glory days, original art, funky clothing, and homemade snacks.

10. The Temple Street Night Market, Hong Kong

The Temple Street Night Market is Hong Kong's busiest and liveliest night market. It is noisy and crowded with rows of stalls with all sorts of cheap merchandise, fakes, souvenirs, clothing, electronics, and open-air food stalls. It is worth a trip to people watch and take in the atmosphere and smells...

11. Camden Lock Market, London

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Among products sold on the stalls in this market are crafts, clothing, bric-a-brac, and fast food. It is the fourth-most popular visitor attraction in London, attracting approximately 100,000 people each weekend.

12. The Witches' Market, La Paz

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The most interesting market on this list is probably The Witches' Market in Bolivia. Among the many items sold at the market are dried llama fetuses that are said to bring both prosperity and good luck, dried frogs used for Aymara rituals, soapstone figurines, aphrodisiac formulas, owl feathers, dried turtles and snakes, herbs, and folk remedies. Witch doctors in dark hats and dresses wander through the market offering fortune-telling services!

13. The Izmailovsky Market, Moscow

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The best place to find good quality souvenirs in Moscow is The Izmailovsky Market. It is located northeast of Moscow, ten minutes away from Partizanskaya metro station. With its wooden structure and colorful arch, you’ll easily recognize it. The design of the building is inspired by Russian fairy tales and the place was originally supposed to be used as a wedding complex.

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