Local Markets in the world
Khan Al-Khalili, Egypt
This busy and colorful open-air market is located in the heart of Cairo. In ancient times Khan El Khalili bazaar was originally built to serve as a mausoleum for the Fatimid royal family and was at that time a part of the Great Eastern Fatimid Palace which was built in 970 CE. The original bazaar built by El Khalili and after demolished and rebuild in the year 1511. The market is a huge offering to customers. This market is filled with unique items. From species and perfumes to jewelry and souvenirs. The higher quality of clothes and fabrics made by local artisans are offered by this open-air market. Open air markets such as Khan El Khalili and the other markets in Old Cairo are called a “souk” in Arabic. This open-air market has been operated through centuries and once a traveler steps into the market can find everything. Bargaining and haggling are more than just a consumer activity in Egypt. Bargaining is the major concern in this open-air market. As the price of the commodity is elevated and seller expects to bargain. Most of the shops in the Khan El Khalili bazaar are just stalls set up by craftsmen or local farmers, or similar people. The stalls accept all forms of currency. The Khan El Khalili Bazaar is divided into districts, and each district is for a specific type of ware or good. The Khan El Khalili bazaar is a huge area, with multiple streets and districts, and it could take days to see it all.
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Generally, Chatuchak is a quiet place but known for the busy weekends. Once only popular for wholesalers or traders. The size and diverse collections of merchandise are prime attractions for customers. The area is huge, 35 acres area for Chatuchak and 8,000 market stalls. This market is very systematized. Tourist will find more than one category of goods in one section. When buying goods at Chatuchak, particularly ‘antiques’, it is wise to exercise a few precautions. Check your goods thoroughly to see whether there is any damage, as many vendors sell factory rejects. Chatuchak weekend market is the perfect place for bargaining. Chatuchak is the biggest market in Asia. Chatuchak Weekend Market is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The market opens on Friday night at 6 PM and closes at midnight. On Saturday and Sunday, it’s open all day from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Temple St, Hong Kong
The temple street market is the largest and liveliest market in Hong Kong. Surrounding the Tin Hau temple located in the center, this market opens every night. This carnival starts from around 18:00. This market is famous for cheap clothes, delicious open-air street stall food, watches, pirated CDs and DVDs, fake label clothing, sports, and everyday footwear, cooking ware and household items. The side streets of the market are filled with restaurants. Cantonese seafood, Japanese, Indian and Italian pizza are popular among these restaurants. The temple street night market in Hong Kong is very crowded between 19:00 to 22:00 and it is spread over a kilometer. The market will give you vibes of all traditional Chinese culture. The famous men’s market offers a variety of men’s fashion, from clothes to watches to footwear, at an unbelievably cheap price. The opera singers give an open-air performance and this is the most unique feature of this market.
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Kashgar is a city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in China’s far west. The open-air market in Kashgar is famous for buying and selling of endless commodities. It takes place every Sunday on the northeast edge of the town. This is supposedly the world’s largest open-air market. This market offers endless varieties of rugs, fruits, bread etc. At present, there are more than 20 large scale bazaars in Kashgar, of which the one located at the East Gate of Kashgar City is the largest. Travelers can buy various things such as general merchandise, handicrafts, livestock, local specialties, vegetables, coat, and second-hand items as well as many other kinds of things from cattle and horses to needle and thread.
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This is a weekend market in London. Camden market was started in 1973. Since its inception, this market has attracted tourists for its unique accessories and pieces of clothing and mouth-watering street delicacies. In Camden, there are plenty of food choices but best can be found at Square, the only thing is that they are a little bit expensive. Sunday is the best day to visit this unique market. Camden high street is full of shoe stores and leather shops. This market has over 450 shops of vintage clothes shops. The market is divided into smaller markets and technically each is supposed to have its own special style. Camden market is full of peculiar shops. Most of the shops are open every day and customers have plenty of options to buy. This is the cool place to hang out in London.
Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan
Tokyo fish market is one of the largest and busiest markets in the world. Approximately this market handles around 3000 tonnes of fish each day and almost 800,000 tonnes per year. This market consists of wholesale and retail shops too. The customers can enjoy Shushi breakfast at the local restaurants in the market. The restaurants are typically open from 5:00 in the morning to around noon or early afternoon. This is one of the best places to enjoy seafood. This market was opened in the year 1935. According to various reports, vendors sell around five million pounds of seafood from all over the world at Tsukiji daily, which works out to about $28 million.
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Grand Bazaar, Turkey
This is possibly the world’s largest covered market, having 4000 shops having jewelry, carpets, brassware, leather goods, hookahs, ceramics, pottery – all under ornate, grandiose passageways spread across 60-odd streets. It is opened from Monday to Saturday between 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The 554-year-old Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s most exciting shopping experiences… The number of daily visitors reaches half a million people during the peak summer months. This market will give you sparkling shopping experience.
An open-air market in India
Like other countries, India too is full of shopaholics and in India too there are lots of iconic options of an open-air market. Indian market is unparallel as they need only a need a little amount of art of bargaining to procure the best deal.
Commercial Street, Banglore
Located almost a kilometer away from the famous MG road in Bangalore, Commercial Street is most popular amongst the college students while locals and travelers to throng the place for the best stuff at a reasonable price. The mouth-watering street delicacies are also a major attraction for foodies while visiting Commercial. From Bhutta to Shev puri all stuff offered are just lip smacking.
Sarojini Nagar, Delhi
This is one of the shopping hubs for Delhiites. From cotton garments to fashionable bags, cosmetics or all the fashion materials that are trending in the fashion industry are easily available at a reasonable price in Sarojini. It is located in South Delhi and this market is busiest on weekends.
Chor Bazar, Mumbai
This is a shoppers paradise. It is Surrounded by South Mumbai’s crumbling Muslim architecture and filled with alleyways overflowing with antiques and brassware. This is an open air market where literally “you can shop everything”.
Janpath, New Delhi
Janpath in New Delhi is another hot spot for the exotic stuff at unbelievable prices. There is the huge variety of stuff to choose from fashionable daily wears to ethnic dresses, cotton garments, Imitation jewelry from Junk to Silver, bags, handicrafts, leather footwear, antiques, electronics, furniture and many other significant or sundry items.
Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Chandni Chowk, an open-air market in Old Delhi is popular across the globe. It is a chaotic narrow street with so many local hawkers and mouth-watering street delicacies. From fashion trending clothes to home furnishings. This market has a huge lane and every lane has to offer something special to their customers. So when you plan to India must have a one day tour to all the open air market in India.
One of our favorite ways to introduce travelers to local life is to bring them to atmospheric markets, where locals mingle with vendors, purchase their weekly groceries, and discover new local flavors. Market styles vary throughout the world, but our favorites all have something in common – they’re uniquely local.