Nice flower market: the most colourful
Head over to the Cours Saleya amid old Nice for a festival of colours and scents. Everyday but Monday and Sunday afternoon, the Nice flower market, its many stalls and stripy stretched canvasses, all make for an extraordinary spectacle. Expect multicoloured dahlias, intense fuchsias and exotic plants of all kinds.
Close to the market, you'll also find fruit and vegetable as well as fish markets, where you can find everything you need to prepare a very refreshing niçoise salad.
Nice flower market
La Boqueria market in Barcelona: the most festive
Viewed as one of the most beautiful markets in the world, La Boqueria is located on la Rambla Street, which connects the Plaça de Catalunya with the old port. It is in any case the oldest in Spain and remains a must-go-to during your stay in the Catalan capital. You'll find famous Iberian hams, wines produced by the best Spanish bodegas, delicious regional products and sun-filled fruits and vegetables. As the saying goes, what you can't find at La Boqueria... you won't find anywhere else in town. Depending on the day, you'll also be able to attend festive animations, tapas tastings and even try out typical dishes in one of the various bars located inside the market.
La Boqueria market
La Rambla, 91
Chatuchak market in Bangkok: the most surprising
If you travel to Bangkok, or even just happen to have a connection for some dreamlike island there, you should not miss the gigantic Chatuchak market that shelters up to 15,000 stands depending on the day. This city within a city offers all kinds of souvenirs and Thai crafted items. Of course, it will be possible to try some of the local food specialities. More unusual yet: in some aisles of the market (don't forget to bring a map so you don't get lost), you can even witness street performances and enjoy massages! The essence of Thailand over 14 hectares.
Kampaengphet 3 Road
Khwaeng Lat Yao
The souks of Marrakech: the spiciest
In Marrakech, you'll wander through the narrow streets of the medina when all of a sudden, the spicy scents of the souks nearby draw you in. In Marrakech, they are truly mythical, with some 40,000 craftsmen selling fabrics, clothes, jewellery, leather bags, beautiful wrought iron items and obviously tons of spices lying there on colourful stalls. This hotchpotch of shimmering hues is however organised by theme – leather goods, basketry, food – and reflects a genuine craftsmanship that goes back to the time of caravanserais. A piece of advice: start from the Jemaa el-Fna square and explore the market sector by sector. Souks can become real labyrinths if you don't pay attention. But rest assured, there's always going to be a benevolent Marrakchi to help you find your way.
Jemaa el-Fna square
Madagascan markets: the most traditional
Markets are of the utmost importance for islanders in Madagascar. They are gathering and trading places, as well as a great way for local craftsmen to display their creations. One of the most important markets in Madagascar, Ambositra takes place on Saturdays, and is particularly famous for its colours. Here you will find typical pottery and basketry to bring back home. The Ambalavao market, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, is more unusual. You'll be able to see zebus that walk freely among the aisles. Finally, and to have a better overview of the markets on the island, Antananarivo boasts a large and famous one, offering local products, fruits, vegetables and hand-crafted embroidery.
National road 7 between Antsirabe and Fianarantsoa
National road 7 between Fianarantsoa-Ihosy-Tuléar
Analakely square, Antananarivo
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
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, NY 10011