You know how the saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. And where’s a more perfect spot to savor the taste of the local flavor and culture than a traditional market?
The thing that makes traditional markets so special is that it is unapologetic to tourists. Unlike their mall counterparts, which are more modern and commercial and adapted for foreigners, traditional markets present the raw culture of the locals. Colorful and genuine.
Here are some of the notable traditional markets around the world:
Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria (Barcelona, Spain)
The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria or more commonly known as La Boqueria is a large public market located in Ciutat Vella in Barcelona.
Historically, it was originally an open-air market, put up in front of one of the gates of the old city wall (Pla de la Boqueria) where fruit and vegetable traders from local towns and farms nearby would sell their products until it eventually grew to the large scale market that it is now.
Chatuchak Weekend Market (Bangkok, Thailand)
The Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok is the World’s Largest Weekend Market covering over 27 acres and containing more than 5,000 stalls. From handicrafts to religious artifacts, to foods and the sweet Thai iced tea, the sheer size of this market is enough to make anybody’s head spin.
Souks of Marrakesh (Marrakesh, Morocco)
Described as a “honeycomb of intricately connected alleyways”, the souks of Marrakesh, Morocco offer a large number of stalls and shops and kiosks that sell exotic items like spices and carpets and rugs and brightly colored bejewelled sandals that attracts thousands of tourists in the city.