10 best flea markets across the globe

Best flea markets across the globe Traditional hand-made Thai Umbrella Photo Credit: Ana Santos

10 best flea and street markets across the globe: in search of culture, quality and bargains as possible.

1 Mercado del Puerto, the market in Montevideo, Uruguay

The locals say it’s expensive. The foreigners call it a bit of heaven for meat lovers (I’m in…). Around 11am the tables are set and the barbecue starts around pm.

All amazing places, these flea markets are ranked as the best with great reviews recommended for shopping, and meat lovers, traditional products, jewelry, art, and crafts.

10 best flea markets across the globe: Montevideo

2 Marrakesh Market, Praça Jamaa El Fna

The diversity of products at this most amazing flea market in the globe. Of course, there are many bargains but being able to do business in Morocco one must discuss the price. Prices are never fixed.

UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity

The idea of the UNESCO project Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity came from people concerned about the Jamaa el Fna. The place is known for its active concentration of traditional activities by storytellers, musicians, and performers, but it was threatened by economic development pressures. In fighting for the protection of traditions, the residents called for action on an international level, to recognize the need for the protection of such places — termed “cultural spaces” — and other popular and traditional forms of cultural expression.

UNESCO encourages communities to identify, document, protect, promote and revitalize such heritage. The UNESCO label aims to raise awareness about the importance of oral and intangible heritage as an essential component of cultural diversity.



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At the top of rank for the flea markets across the globe. Prices are never fixed in Morocco.

10 best flea markets across the globe: Marrakesh

3 The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

10 best flea markets across the globe: Istanbul

4 Budapest, Hungary: Great Market Hall

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Pop in The Great Market Hall in Budapest to admire its splendid architecture, and buy authentic Hungarian souvenirs. A lot of Paprika and also crystals from the Czech Republic!

Much more than Paprika, the flea market in Istanbul

10 best flea markets across the globe: Budapest

5 Mercado Central in Fortaleza, Brazil

Fortaleza and other cities in North-eastern Brazilian are known for the production of handicraft.
Talented artists produce stuff in clothes, leather, wood, glass, coconuts, sand and more. Prices may seem outrageously low for foreigners: pieces which take days to complete are often sold for less than R$ 100.


Check Tripadvisor

The flea market in Fortaleza, Brazil is one of the best across the globe.

10 best flea markets across the globe: Budapest

6 The Chatuchak Flea Market in Bangkok

Bring loads of money. There are many stores of young fashion designers as well as traditional clothing, soaps, and fabrics. Vendors from Chiang Mai may be founded here. Prices are fair in term of clothing. For fabrics certainly not the best price but beautiful to see.

Crafts & Tourism is a magazine that aims to promote handicrafts and tourism of Chiang Mai (best place ever for shopping) and the North of Thailand. This is a trilingual newsletter in Thai, English, and Chinese!

10 best flea markets across the globe
10 best flea markets across the globe


7 Mercado de Artesanias La Ciudadela, Mexico City, Mexico

La Ciudadella market, Art and craft in Mexico City. Ciudad del Mexico best ranked market. There are many though and good.

10 best flea markets across the globe: Mexico City. Mexico is possibly the country with more great reviews at TripAdvisor and I’m looking forward to visiting.

8 Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, New York City

9 Arguably Europe’s largest Flea Market, Les Puces in Paris

From secondhand clothes, worn-out toys, vinyl records, belle-epoque postcards, jewelry, antiques and everything else!

All these flea markets are located in the countries’ capitals and I know most of them. Check TripAdvisor and buy your plane tickets at Skyscanner.

10 Rastro, Spain’s most renowned open-air market

A vibrant and fascinating market in Madrid, filled with bargain-priced products, antiques, music and street vendors every Sunday at Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores.

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La riqueza de la tierra mexicana se exhibe con todo su esplendor en estos mercados llenos de colores, aromas y sabores.

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The Sunset Between Two Continents – Welcome to Istanbul

The sunset between two continents - Istanbul

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Turkish coffee! I love the details!
Take a break from the traffic…go visit the Prince Islands!
The Blue Mosque at praying time.Free to visit.

The tourists start to arrive and the festival season kicks off in Istanbul

Top events by month in Istanbul

March: Akbank Short Film Festival, Nevruz

April: International Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul Tulip Festival

June: Istanbul Music Festival July: Efes Pilsen One Love, Istanbul Jazz Festival

September: Istanbul Biennial, Efes Pilsen Blues Festival

October: Akbank Jazz Festival and Istanbul Design Biennial

Istanbul is perfect for a family-friendly break

children will be appeased by the fantastic Baklava, Lokum ( Turkish delight) and Dondorma (ice cream), the castles, the underground cisterns, and parks. Toddlers and bigger kids love ferries, and Istanbul offers loads of chances to climb aboard. The Princes’ Island is a good offer as the kids love taking a horse-drawn carriage and can also hire bicycles to get around. The city’s contemporary art gallery has several exhibits which include multimedia and teens will amuse and engage.

Top 8 attractions as a local 

Markets -street vendors such as in Kadikoy, selling fruit and vegetables. Most neighborhoods have a produce market where the stallholders hawk farmhouse cheese, olives, and fish.

The Grand Bazaar, my favorite place in Istanbul. Safe as everywhere else. And the kindness of people is unbelievable!


Be aware of the rules when you visit the mosques. Even though very touristic, the primary function is a religious one so avoid visiting on prayer times. The Ottoman mosques are jewels in the city’s crown.

Picnicking and promenading are some of the local’s favorite pastimes and there are many parks and gardens free to the public. Enjoy the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet,the Yildiz Park and the Emirgan Woodson the Bosphorus!

The sunset over the world’s most beautiful skyline, the fortune to see it in between two continents.

Wander the streets surrounding of the Galata Tower, while enjoying an aperitif and admiring the boutiques. The Old City is unique.

The Salt Galata, the 19th-century building has been converted into a cutting-edge cultural centre.

Experience the ethnic enclaves by visiting Fener, a traditionally Greek suburb that has at its heart the symbolic headquarters of the Greek Orthodox church.

Babylon is an Istanbul institution with a diverse program of live music and Salon an intimate venue in the headquarters of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture & Arts.

Topping the seven hills of the Old City is not necessarily a lifetime journey. In every corner, a fantastic cultural experience lies and Istanbul invites you to come back! This magical meeting place of East and West is made of beautiful people, very kind and friendly. The details in the way they are in hospitality and the culinary heritage are extraordinary. The restaurants in Istanbul are known as the best in the country and they are all over. However, most visitors prefer to sample the succulent kebabs or the freshly caught fish and that are the city’s signature dishes. As far as we know, Turkey is on the world best destinations rank along Mexico and France and if you’re trying to guess why we invite you to get the tickets and find out by yourself! Tips while in Istanbul: try Turkish coffee and the Turkish bath. And be prepared to drink tea all over the day. Do not worry, there are plenty of takeaway, ATM, ferries, buses, and nobody misses home. Oh, Turkish people speak English pretty well but they can be a bit shy. Hopefully, not for too long! Great people make great destinations.

I want to say THANK YOU to the Turkish people! Your hospitality is the reason why you’re at the top of the world tourism ranking and I’m very grateful to you!

Go, visit, explore Turkey. I’m are sure that you won’t regret!

Meet Istanbul:#1 go on a journey into the history of candy making in Istanbul. Here’s the story of these colorful and delicious candies from the royal Ottoman cuisine to today #2 explore the coast of tranquility “If the world was one country, Istanbul would be its capital” Napolean said.

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