In the trip, be sure to look at the local market: from here you can go not only with souvenirs and specialties of local cuisine, but also with successful staff. Colorful types, fruits and vegetables of all colors of the rainbow, colorful saris and even witchcrafts – we present you a selection of the most interesting markets in the world.
Kapaly-Charshi (Grand Bazaar), Istanbul
In a huge covered building, besides the market, there are restaurants and living quarters, mosques and even a cemetery. On 66 streets in 4000 shops almost everything is sold – antiquarian things, jewelry and bijouterie, textiles and carpets, leather, ceramics and wood products, souvenirs, sweets and spices. The oldest parts of the complex are the old and sandal-wooded belestains with vaulted domed ceilings.
Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
Here wholesale fruits, vegetables, groceries and flowers are sold, but very few people remember about it: the main product is any seafood, and 2,000 tons of fish and seafood are sold per day. A section called “home market” holds auctions for the sale of tuna – 120 tourists who took turns late at night can see what is happening there from 5:00 to 6:15 am – and wholesale, open to the general public from 9:00. On the “outside” there are also retail shops and restaurants with fresh sushi. Trade is about until noon, except on Sundays and holidays. Hurry up to find the market in the old place: it is about to be transferred to another district of the capital, to Toyos.
The market of Brujas, La Paz
This market was not without reason one of the main attractions of the former capital of Bolivia: brujas in Spanish means “witch”. Behind the street stands, sorcerers and shamans often stand by themselves, travel goods – amulets, amulets, medicinal potions and magical paraphernalia, up to dried toads, tiger skins or llama embryos. There is also a more secular assortment: clothes made of lama or alpaca wool, figurines, silver ornaments. Photos will have to be faded: this is considered a bad omen and is not encouraged by sellers.
The market in the street Chandni-Chovk has been around for almost four centuries. It extends from the gate of the fortress Red Fort to the mosque of Fatehpuri, spreading out for several blocks. India appears as it is: hubbub and vanity, sacred cows and stray dogs, merchants from all over the country and homeless people living here. The most characteristic products are kilometers of saris and clothes for weddings, enameled meenkari items and silver jewelry made by hand.
Addis-Mercato, Addis Ababa
All the chaos and beauty of Africa “in one bottle” – the largest market in the continent, where mainly trade in agricultural products (primarily, of course, coffee), spices, cigarettes, wicker and metal vessels, clothes and everything else, even fuel . The place is not the safest, it will be nice to take the accompanying Ethiopian guide.
Rialto Market, Venice
The oldest market in Europe, existing since the XI century, is divided into two parts. The erbaria near the Rialto Bridge is mostly tents with vegetables and fruits, but local people say that the atmosphere here is not the same. With much greater pleasure the Venetians visit Pescheria, the fish ranks now located in the Neo-Gothic building overlooking the Grand Canal. Trade there begins at 7 am, and by noon, almost everyone is already at home.
Shilin Night Market, Taipei
This is not just a place of trade – it is the quintessence of Taiwan’s cultural traditions. Here you can find everything from video games and antiques to services of masseurs and acupuncture specialists. The nearby streets are full of facilities with slot machines, cinemas and karaoke. And, of course, residents and tourists come here for the freshest food, from one kind of which saliva flows: hundreds of stands with traditional Taiwanese dishes and modern culinary delights. The market is open from sunset to one o’clock in the morning, the most crowded time is from 8 to 11 pm.
The only floating flower market in the world appeared in the 17th century, as traders evaded payment for land rent. Previously, the boats cruised along the Sint-Lucienvale canal, and since 1862, when the authorities decided to fall asleep this part of the city ditch, barges with greenhouses settled near the embankment of Singel. Come better in the spring, in the era of flowering traditional for Holland tulips.