23 Market Photos to Make You Want to Pack Your Bag Right Now!

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!

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Trogir, Croatia – Here try a dried fig!

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Varanasi, India – Now you know where those spicy curries come from.  Look at those peppers!

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Malaysia – Just along the road somewhere in Borneo; look at all that wonderful fruit!

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

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.

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Kyoto, Japan – I just love the aesthetic of these wooden barrels with the fermented vegetables.  It’s so pretty.

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Budapest, Hungary – The inside of the Central Market.

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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.

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

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.

 

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

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.

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Dublin, Ireland – Look at that cheese!

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Athens, Greece – I love the dried vegetables and herbs.  You can’t help noticing the wonderful smells as you saunter past this stand.

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Barcelona, Spain – La Boqueria, a wonderful indoor marketplace with just about everything!

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

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!

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Jerusalem, Israel – On a corner of in the Old City, this man’s family probably has been selling bread every morning for generations.

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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.

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Singapore – Food markets or stalls are all over Singapore.  They are packed for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

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Xian, China – In the Muslim section of Xian, I loved seeing the same dried goods you can find almost anywhere in the Middle East.

 

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Philadelphia, USA – It was late in the day when we visited this market, but there was still plenty of great vegetables available.

 

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Amman, Jordan – A bustling market in the center of Amman.

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

Aswan, Egypt – In the middle of December, you can still find many sunny days in Egypt.

23 Market Photos to make you pack your bag right now

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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52 Comments

  1. Cool pictures!
    I also love markets and these are some of the places I never miss while traveling.
    Especially as a photographer, it is a great place for cool pictures.
    Cheers, Gilles

  2. Oh I love this post Corinne, your photos are beautiful. I especially love the Mongolian market selling rocks. That’s priceless! Living in France I’m spoilt for markets but I think to answer your question, my favourite markets have to be in Hanoi. I wish my photos from when I lived there were digital, I have so many gorgeous ones that I’d love to share but it’s not the same when they’re scanned in.

  3. I love markets and street food when I travel. They truly add to the travel adventure and get you to where the locals shop. Loved your post. Thank you. I’m joining you today from over on Travel Photo Thursday. Happy travels.

  4. I have to admit those pics did wan to get me packing my bags and back out exploring the world.
    For some reason I really liked a little market my husband and I discovered in Hvar, Croatia. Beautiful fresh fruits and I bought a lovely skirt that I wore for years.

  5. Oh my! I cannot get enough of this post. You probably have noticed that I love markets. This past weekend, I crossed to Mexico and we visited one of the weekend markets. We had great food there and a good talks with vendors. There is so much insight you gain by visiting a market and making an effort to interact with people there.

  6. Wow Corinne. That is an amazing array of Market photos. My fav is the dripping honey cone in Diyarbakir, Turkey, and how sorry I felt for the vendor in Riga – imagine standing in that all morning – or all day! The Aswan, Jerusalem and Morocco market photos tell a lot about the market and lives of the locals too, as do all of the others of course. I love markets so I found them all thrilling.

  7. That is so cool! I’ve never really had a special liking into visiting markets until recently but I don’t think I will go out of the way to visit one. Having seen these photos though, I realized how colorful and picture-worthy these places are. I may have had a change of heart now. :p

  8. What a coincidence, Corinne, I wrote about a food market too this week. I love markets like this. The abundance of food always makes me happy (perhaps because I suffered a lot of hunger during the communist years in Romania!)

  9. I enjoy seeing markets when I travel, too. If there isn’t a farmer’s market nearby, I will even go to grocery stores in the US when I travel. Even in a supermarket, it is amazing to see the regional differences in the foods they sell.

  10. I love to do the same thing! There is no better way to explore a place than exploring their local market. Learning what they eat, how they cook, what they make, it’s an intimate way to learn about a culture. You also help the locals and small farmers instead of purchasing in the big chain markets.

  11. Amazing photos!! One thing that is always on my to do list when traveling is visit the local markets. I LOVE them! And they make for awesome photos 🙂

  12. So many spices and foods I haven’t seen or tried ever!! I do love that you captured the white asparagus. I didn’t know that was common outside of specialty shops in the USA 😉

    1. White asparagus is more popular than green asparagus in most of Europe, and it’s delicious! My favorite is broiled in the oven with cheese and ham on top.

  13. Visiting markets is one of my favorite things to do when traveling! It’s a great way to dive into the local culture of a city you’re visiting. I went to the fish market in Pusan too! Back in 2009.

  14. I love a market, too. One of the best ways to connect with the locals. My fave is the Rastro in Madrid on Sundays. A lot of junk, but some real treasures, especially in the nearby shops.

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