Chatuchak market in Bangkok
A city within the city, the gigantic Bangkok market spreads over 14 hectares and shelters between 9,000 and 15,000 stands depending on the day, and more than 200,000 people wander through its alleys on weekends. It is a prerequisite of any visit to the megalopolis. Regular customers and tourists rush in to buy all kinds of souvenirs and Thai crafted items. Just a small piece of advice: before walking the aisles of the Chatuchak market, don't forget to read a map of the location (you can ask for one at your hotel front desk). Then make sure you identify where you are and where you want to go. That way you will be able to walk freely along the colourful alleyways without getting lost.
587/10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd
Temple Street market in Hong Kong
As soon as night falls, street merchants set up their stands in the Temple Street market, located in the Yau Ma Tei district. This very popular night market is a must-go-to, steeped in local culture. It is not unusual to run into opera singers, play a game of chess against a local champ or meet a fortune teller. You'll be able to bargain for knickknacks, jades, antiques and clothes. And if you feel hungry, just stop in one of the countless food stands and try savoury local specialities.
Temple Street market
Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo
Known as one of the liveliest markets in the world, the Tsukiji fish market spreads over a huge area. Meeting very strict regulations, fish and seafood are sold through an auction system, and 3,000 tonnes of products are moved on a daily basis, at the crack of dawn. The market is divided into 3 large sections: one for tuna fish auctions, an inner market for wholesale dealers, and the outer market, quieter, where you'll find many restaurants. Please note that in accordance with the Tokyo Olympics of 2020, the Tsukiji market will be moved to Toyosu, another area two kilometres away from its current location, in the Tokyo bay.
Tsukiji fish market
5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo
Donghuamen market in Beijing
Night-time retreat in Beijing, the famous Donghuamen market is located only a few steps away from the Forbidden City, and the variety of dishes it offers will surprise you. The brave ones will be able to taste a variety of skewer dishes, with a variety of scorpions, starfishes, seahorses, grilled crickets and other exotic animals. Rest assured if you are less adventurous, all the classical traditional dishes are available, like skewers of beef, lamb and octopus. Everything is set for you to discover the various flavours of Chinese food, every night from 5:30 p.m. Note that the pricing may be high, but you can always negotiate…
Meander around the Marché des Enfants Rouges, one of the oldest covered markets in Paris. You can choose to sample products or order food at one of the numerous stands. Take this opportunity to taste local specialities.
As for the Iéna market, it rolls out along the Président Wilson avenue and invites you to grab a quick lunch in the Galliera Museum adjacent park.
The Aligre market is a worthy alternative, one of the last popular markets of the capital, sheltering organic market gardening, flower shops and second-hand goods.
Marché des Enfants Rouges
39, rue de Bretagne
Président Wilson market, a.k.a. “Iéna market”
Avenue du Président Wilson
Aligre market, a.k.a. Beauvau)
La Boqueria market in Barcelona
Viewed as one of the largest markets in Spain, La Boqueria is located on la Rambla Street, which connects the Plaça de Catalunya with the old port. A popular place where many traditional celebrations take place, the market overflows with various flavours and colours. There are even more surprises to come for casual and regular visitors alike, with festive activities, seasonal fruits and vegetables, regional products and a large choice of meat and fish. It is a real pleasure to stroll around the alleys and taste a few tapas and typical Spanish dishes in one of the bars located in and around the market.
La Boqueria market
La Rambla, 91
Columbia Road flower market in London
For a Sunday break, head for the East End near Brick Lane. There, you'll be able to wander through alleys filled with plants and flowers of all sorts: roses, peonies, sunflowers, sweet peas, shrubs and so on. The busy street is bursting with colours. On each side of Columbia Road, you'll find small art galleries and vintage and antique shops. You'll also find various pubs, coffee shops and restaurants to catch your breath before moving on.
Columbia Road Flower Market
London E2 7RG
Chelsea Market in New York City
The former factory where Oreo biscuits were created has been turned into the favourite place of gourmet New Yorkers. This 250-metre long corridor shelters various shops, stalls and stands, in front of which tourists, locals and food lovers gather to appreciate this genuine market atmosphere. Eat in or take away at Chelsea Market, a must-go-to as far as food shopping and creative cuisine are concerned. Most stands even offer you to taste products before buying them: sushi, fish soups, Italian antipasti, cookies or even ice creams. Everything is prepared before your eyes. As for meat and fish, it cannot be fresher. Just enjoy!
75 9th Avenue
New York City, NY 10011
Rialto market in Venice
Welcome to the Rialto, its bridge, shops and market – the oldest in Venice, where merchants gathered to sell spice and rice brought back from the East as soon as the Middle Ages. Marco Polo probably made business there too. If you arrive early in the morning, you'll be able to listen to locals talk to each other in Venetian rather than in Italian. And then, let yourself be carried away by the cornucopia and succulence of dishes.
Every morning, lagoon fishermen come back with tremendous and fresh catch.
Beautiful sea bass, glimmering sea bream, baskets full of plump prawns and octopus and so many more will give you a taste of the real Venice.
Campo de la Pescaria