One of the first things I do in any new city or country is check out the local markets. First of all, I like to see what they eat, what is grown locally. It really gives you an insight to the food, but mostly they are just colorful and fun. From farmer’s markets in the States to a pop-up geode market in Mongolia, we try not to miss any of them. Check out these photos of 23 colorful and memorable markets around the world.
I love a market!
Trogir, Croatia – Here try a dried fig!
Varanasi, India – Now you know where those spicy curries come from. Look at those peppers!
Malaysia – Just along the road somewhere in Borneo; look at all that wonderful fruit!
Mongolia – I have no idea where we were, somewhere in the middle of the steppes not close to any towns, and they had this pop-up market selling rocks, fossils, geodes. It was pretty awesome.
Kyoto, Japan – I just love the aesthetic of these wooden barrels with the fermented vegetables. It’s so pretty.
Budapest, Hungary – The inside of the Central Market.
Pusan, South Korea – The fist market is a must-see if you are in the city. It is vibrant and frenetic, my kind of place.
Paris, France – Saucisson! The sausage man has every kind of sausage you could ever imagine. It was fun buying a bunch of them and trying them out.
Azrou, Morocco – Who doesn’t love a farmer’s market? This one had more people than I was ready for and the market was gigantic. They hold it every Tuesday if you happen to be in the vicinity.
Hong Kong – You can find markets for everything in this cosmopolitan city, but my favorite was the bird market. Their bird cages are just gorgeous.
Dublin, Ireland – Look at that cheese!
Athens, Greece – I love the dried vegetables and herbs. You can’t help noticing the wonderful smells as you saunter past this stand.
Barcelona, Spain – La Boqueria, a wonderful indoor marketplace with just about everything!
Coburg, Germany – You can find a farmer’s market somewhere on any given day in Germany. Here they are selling white asparagus or spargel, a spring favorite!
Jerusalem, Israel – On a corner of in the Old City, this man’s family probably has been selling bread every morning for generations.
Riga, Latvia- It was a cold and rainy day in Riga, and the fruit and vegetable vendors are relegated to outside of the large market.
Singapore – Food markets or stalls are all over Singapore. They are packed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Xian, China – In the Muslim section of Xian, I loved seeing the same dried goods you can find almost anywhere in the Middle East.
Philadelphia, USA – It was late in the day when we visited this market, but there was still plenty of great vegetables available.
Amman, Jordan – A bustling market in the center of Amman.
Aswan, Egypt – In the middle of December, you can still find many sunny days in Egypt.
Diyarbakir, Turkey – Honey is a favorite in Turkey; look at it drip. Yum!
Where are your favorite markets in the world?
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