The Wonderful World Of Markets
The first thing I look for whenever I visit anywhere new (or old to be honest) is a market.
I love to be able to find quirky clothing and accessories that I know no one else back home will have, especially for minimal money.
I’ll admit some of these items were huge fashion mistakes, but I loved the experience all the same.
So here’s my list of some of my favourite artisan markets from around the world.
If you have a market you would like to recommend (or if you know that any of these markets no longer exist) please feel free to comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*All details correct at the time of my visit, I’d say check on travel sites before you visit if you are thinking about visiting one, this list is just to give you a few ideas*
Formerly in Parque Cespedes alongside Tacon and only 100 meters from Plaza de la Cathedral, the Market has now moved 1.6 kilometres away to a warehouse type structure alongside the inner harbour on Desampardos, and is open daily.
The new market has stalls selling paintings, photographs, jewellery, musical instruments, Cuban souvenirs and also has washrooms and a snack bar too.
Hippy Market Punta, Es Cana. Open every Wednesday from April to October.
The original market and also the biggest. Hundreds of stalls winding between white bungalows. This market offers items from all over the world – many handmade.
Possibly my favourite market so far.
San Antonio Street Market. Along the front of the harbour, every (early) evening except Sundays. Selling accessories, jewellery, leathers and more.
Ibiza Town Street Market. In the narrow streets opposite the port and open late afternoon. Selling accessories, jewellery, leathers and more.
Santa Eulalia Street Market. In the ‘Ramblas’ opposite the fountains, leading to the beach, open every day & evening. Selling accessories, jewellery, leathers and more.
Rambla Santa Mònica is lined with caricaturists, portrait painters and artisans, and a craft market is held here at the weekend.
Costa Del Sol, Spain
La Cala de Mijas. At the Las Lagunas fairground on the other side of the bypass and open every Wednesday and Sunday (until 2pm). Selling things such as fruit and veg, clothing, jewellery, homeware, toys and souvenirs. It’s on the main bus route and you just need to cross under the bypass to get to it (only a 2 minute walk from the bus stop)
Mercatino dell’Umberto, Via Vittoria Imbriani. Open air market with 31 stalls lining the north side of Via Vittorio Imbriani selling clothes, shoes, uniforms, purses, scarves and more.
Poggioreale Market (Naples Shoe Alley) Via Marino di Caramanico. Naples largest open-air market. Known as Il Mercatino delle Scarpe, the Shoe Market by some and Shoe Alley by others, you’ll find great deals on boots, shoes, handbags and much more.
Cloth Hall, Main Square, open daily. Selling lace, cloth, carvings, Polish souvenirs and jewellery.
Annual Christmas Markets. Open approx Mid November through to 20 December (check specific dates yearly)
Open on the following squares and streets – Albert Square | Brazennose Street | St Ann’s Square | Exchange Street | New Cathedral Street | The Corn Exchange | Corporation Street.
Selling gifts, crafts, jewellery, bags, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink.For full information visit http://www.manchestermarkets.com
Prague, Czech Republic
Annual Christmas Markets. Open approx end November through to 23 December (check specific dates yearly)
Mainly centred around the Old Town Square and Wencelas Square.
Selling Czech glass, wooden toys, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hand-made jewellery and puppets. As well as a variety of food and drink stalls.
Mauer park is a must see if you love vintage, jewellery, furniture, handmade clothing, live entertainement or just markets in general.
Open every Sunday 10am – 6pm.
With everything from bike parts to Barbour jackets this market caters for all, arrive early as it does get super busy, and once you have worked your way around grab some food and listen to one of the many singers or bands. This market is a real day out.