World's best markets

Which cities boast the best bazaars?

Brooklyn Flea, New York

The Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg is pretty much home base for hipsters. Expect to find vintage spectacle frames, band T-shirts and clever silver jewellery as well as secondhand furniture and assorted junk. Every Saturday it's a food market, 'Smorgasburg', featuring food trucks and stalls from vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar and the Red Hook Lobster Pound from Maine. Stay at Aloft Brooklyn and get there on Qantas.

Brixton Village Market, London

Start off your Brixton experience with a fortifying cup of espresso and then explore one of London's best covered markets, rammed with little shops offering everything from vegan cupcakes to jerk chicken and haircuts, all at prices that won't bust your budget. Grab a slice of venison-salami pizza from Franco Manca or a curry from Pakistani hole-in-the-wall, Elephant. Stay at No.11 Cadogan Gardens and get there on Virgin Atlantic.

La Boqueria, Barcelona

After a night on the sangria, a stroll around the food markets on Barcelona's main street, La Rambla, will sort you out. Examine artfully stacked piles of fruit higher than your head, entire sides of jamon and more manchego than you can poke a cheese knife at. Pick up a smoothie from any of the fruit stalls and drink it while you work out how much food you can physically carry out of there (and whether you'll get anything through customs). Stay at W Barcelona and get there on Singapore Airlines.

Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris

You know how people in those 'Street Style' columns always seem to be wearing some amazing 1960s dress they picked up at “a flea market in Paris”? This is where they got it. A long train ride out of town, the marché aux puces (literal translation: the market of fleas) takes up several blocks and attracts treasure hunters looking for clothes, furniture, antiques and bric-a-brac. Stay at Paris8 Apartments and get there on Emirates.

Chatuchak, Bangkok

At Chatuchak, the largest market in Thailand, you’ll find a labyrinth of laneways that feature everything from vintage dressers and lamps to knock-off Chanel bags and pets. Should you find something large enough to take up half of your loungeroom, don’t despair: plenty of shipping offices are located in the markets to make sure your furniture purchase follows you home. Stay at Hotel Muse and get there on Qantas.

First published on 10 Sep 2012. Updated on 25 Mar 2014.

By James Wilkinson   |  
 

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