Amazing Local Markets Around the World (PHOTOS)

Pike Place Market, Seattle, USA

Pike Place Market, Seattle, USA

One of my favorite ways to experience local culture while traveling is by visiting a market. Loud, crowded and colorful, it’s easy to immerse oneself in this multi-sensory slice of daily life abroad. In every destination, I’ve found a market worth visiting, from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market – the biggest seafood wholesaler in the world, to Bamako’s recycling market – metal and dust and the steady rhythm of hammers permeating the air.

Today on twitter, the #FriFotos theme is “markets.” Looking through my photos, I was amazed at the diversity of the markets I’ve visited in my foodie travels. Join me on a visual journey through some of the most amazing markets I’ve seen around the world:

Fish Market, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Fish Market, Zanzibar, Tanzania

 

Wangfujing Night Market, Beijing, China

Wangfujing Night Market, Beijing, China

 

Central Market, Antigua, Guatemala

Central Market, Antigua, Guatemala

 

Recycling Market, Bamako, Mali

Recycling Market, Bamako, Mali

 

Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid, Spain

 

Livestock Market, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Livestock Market, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Flower Market, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Flower Market, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Central Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Central Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

Central Market Hall, Budapest, Hungary

Central Market Hall, Budapest, Hungary

 

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

 

Grand Central Market, New York City, USA

Grand Central Market, New York City, USA

 

Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

Rialto Market, Venice, Italy

 

 

Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, Australia

 

Local Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Local Market, Siem Reap, Cambodia

 

Egyptian Spice Market, Istanbul, Turkey

Egyptian Spice Market, Istanbul, Turkey

 

La Bretxa, San Sebastian, Spain

La Bretxa, San Sebastian, Spain

 

Fish Market, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Fish Market, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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    • The fish auction in Sydney is also exciting – it’s a “Dutch” auction (the bidding starts high and goes low), all electronic, and if a buyer sets the price on a type of fish too high, everyone screams at him. Drama! Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market’s tuna auction is a Must-See, but you need to arrive by 4:00 AM to secure a (very limited) space. Bamako is an incredible city, I hope Mali can become safe for tourists again in the near future.

  1. Beautiful pictures! Love seeing all these different markets and how different they are, yet the same in another respect. Thanks for sharing this great article.

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