We all periodically go to the markets, but sometimes we do not think about how exotic and unusual they can be. We offer you to get acquainted with the most extraordinary markets in the world.
Queen Victoria Market, Australia
Queen Victoria Market, also known as Vic Market, is located in one of the business districts of Melbourne. The impressive age of the market-more than 130 years-speaks for itself: until now, the bazaar is a favorite place for both locals and tourists. About 7 hectares are allocated for the retail area, and solar panels are installed on the roof. And here you can buy unusual meat for us kangaroo or koala.
Kashgar Market, China
Kashgar Market has been open every Sunday for centuries. It impresses with its size and variety of products. And of course, authenticity: until now, goods are delivered here with the help of donkeys and carts. After a trip to this market, there will be no need to buy something else somewhere, as it often happens — you can find here not only traditional fruits, vegetables, nuts or spices, but also more exotic goods, such as lamb shish kebab.
Unlike the traditional Sunday market in Kashgar, the Viktualienmarkt is open every day, except on Sundays and public holidays. The name of this place comes from the Latin victus-product, stock. The market occupies an area comparable in size to three football fields, and its age is more than 200 years. In the center of the Viktualienmarkt is the "Maypole". It serves as the main landmark of the market and is a pine trunk, painted in white and blue colors and decorated with flags and ribbons. In terms of the variety of products, the market will easily outstrip modern supermarkets.
Castries Market, Saint Lucia
Kastri Market is located near the central square of the city of the same name. Due to its impressive size and numerous shopping malls, it will be difficult to miss it. In addition to traditional goods, the market impresses primarily with a variety of tropical fruits: avocado, mango, breadfruit. In addition, among the various products, you can find workshops of local craftsmen who work on products right in front of visitors.
Borough Market, England
One of the most famous markets in the world is literally in the heart of the British capital, not far from London Bridge. The market has a history of more than 250 years. From Sunday to Wednesday, there is a wholesale trade, and on the other days of the week, sellers do not deny themselves the pleasure of haggling with ordinary visitors. No gourmet has ever left the market empty-handed: vegetables, fruits and pastries are next to wild boar sausages and hamburgers with ostrich meat.
St. Lawrence Market, Canada
The food market in downtown Toronto was opened more than 200 years ago and has not changed its location since. More than 120 companies trade on its territory, and the market itself consists of three buildings. The locals especially appreciate the rich selection of delicacies and national products. The surrounding area, thanks to the market, has become a place of attraction for representatives of street culture, as well as various entertainment venues that have chosen it.
English Market, Ireland
The market in the city of Cork began its work in 1788, and it owes its name to its founders: at the time of its creation, it was run by a company of Protestants, who, according to the residents of Cork, were "English". This is how the English Market appeared in Ireland. Now it is one of the main attractions of the city. The bazaar is famous for its meat and fish shops, and, of course, not without national products: "butter" eggs, black pudding and black pudding.
Kai Rang Floating Market, Vietnam
The Kai Rang Market is no different in its strategic purpose from all other bazaars, but for tourists, Kai Rang is primarily a tourist attraction. Because the corridor in which the trade takes place is formed not by merchants ' shops, but by boats filled with goods. The floating market starts at five in the morning, and by noon all the best products are already bought up.
Boqueria Market, Spain
The Boqueria Market, also known as San Josep, is located in Barcelona, and the first mention of it dates back to 1217! The building of the market occupies 2500 square meters, the entrance to it is decorated with a fancy mosaic of glass. At the first visit, the rows of seafood, fruits and spices may seem endless, and this impression will not be far from the truth: the assortment is truly huge. In addition, there are small bars around the market, where you can have a good snack and try the famous Spanish wine blanco.
Flower Market, France
The riot of colors on the main street in Nice is not a festival or fair at all, it is a flower market that has been operating for more than 150 years. It is included in city excursions, it is gladly visited not only for shopping, but also for entertainment. In addition to flowers, you can find almost all the traditional goods for the markets. However, before you choose a particular counter, you should walk along the entire market.
Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan
Located in the central part of Tokyo, the market is one of the main attractions for foreign tourists. There are more than 400 types of seafood, their turnover is more than 2000 tons per day. An impressive moment is the unloading and auction of tuna: auction houses evaluate the value of the brought fish, and so do the buyers. After the auction, lots of tuna are sent either to the counters for cutting and subsequent sale, or follow the sellers further along the route for bidding elsewhere. The only inconvenience for tourists: the market starts at five in the morning, by 11 am most of the shops are already closed.
Grand Bazaar, Turkey
The Grand Bazaar is located in Istanbul and is one of its main attractions. The history of the market dates back to 1461, and now there are more than 5,000 stores under its roof. You can find almost everything in them, but the shops with branded Turkish sweets and snacks are of particular value for the guests of the city. Due to its long-standing fame, the market is visited by a huge number of tourists (about 400 thousand people every day), so compared to the rest of the shopping malls of the city, the prices at the Grand Bazaar are somewhat inflated.
Creta Ayer, Singapore
Literally, the name of this market translates as "wet", and there is an explanation for this: workers constantly pour water on the floor to wash away dirt and debris. The market is located in the Chinatown of the city, which is probably why snakes, turtles, stingrays and Chinese medicinal herbs are quietly side by side with traditional goods.
Mercado Central Market, Chile
The Mercado Central Market is located in the center of Santiago and also has a long history. In 1864, the old market building burned down, as a result of which a new one was built in 1868, which became one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The market is famous for its variety of seafood, the names of the most exotic of which remain a mystery at all. Currently, there is not only a market, but also numerous shops and cafes. Locals are happy to come here on weekends, and tourists are amazed at the variety and cheapness of the food.