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Catch a tip: The best flea markets around the world!
A flea market is always interesting, even if you are not a fan of shopping, and do not want to make forays to the shops when you are on a long-awaited vacation. But nevertheless you should not refuse to visit such a place, where by the way you can buy unique souvenirs and various interesting trinkets. They surely will be much more profitable to look than a banal magnet on the fridge, bought for a tick. Call it banal shopping too difficult, it is something between shopping and excursion, and in time of visiting a flea market there is a persistent feeling that you make an insider's tour in the country of your stay. Near such markets, as a rule, there are places with street-food, where you can taste local cuisine and drink coffee, admiring your finds at the same time.
List of the MOST interesting flea markets worth a visit in your memory :
Marché aux Puces, Paris, France
One of the oldest markets in the world, already 150 years old, located in the North of Paris. It's notable for its delivery service if you're buying something bulky. The main thing is to stop in time: armchairs in the style of Louis 16 captivate, the imagination kicks in and you're not living in a rented apartment, but at least in the Louvre.
Mauerpark Flohmarkt, Berlin, Germany
Thrifty Germans are not at all used to throw away what they no longer need and prefer to sell it. You will find everything from flower pots to old vinyl records here. It is here that the term 'second-hand' is so well understood that many Germans do not hesitate to come here to buy what they want. The market itself opens on Sundays.
El Rastro, Madrid, Spain
ThriftyGermans don't throw away what they don't need anymore. Here you can find absolutely everything, from flower pots to old vinyl records. It is here that the term 'second-hand' is so well understood that many Germans do not hesitate to come here to buy what they want. The market itself is open on Sundays.
Portobello Road, London, United Kingdom
British people have been trading on this market since 1800 and it is a popular place among the tourists. The market is open every day and it is definitely busiest on weekends. You never know what you might find here, for example, I will remember my trip by accidentally finding an incredibly beautiful Victorian brooch. I also remembered vintage cutlery. I don't know if they had any historical value, but they were really pretty
Mercantic, Barcelona, Spain
Another one flea market in Spain, which is located 20 km from Barcelona in Sant Cugat del Vallès. I remember it because it has a lot of antique furniture and a lot of things for home decor. As the locals themselves said, the market is best visited on the first Sunday of the month, when they bring new goods, although the market is open every Sunday. You'll definitely find something for your home!
Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, New York, USA
Another flea market in Spain, located 20 km from Barcelona in Sant Cugat del Vallès. I remember it because there is a lot of antique furniture and a lot of things for home decor. As the locals themselves said, the market is best visited on the first Sunday of the month, when they bring new goods, although the market is open every Sunday. You'll definitely find something for your home!
Ferikoy Flea Market, Istanbul, Turkey
Oriental markets! Everything shines and sparkles and you can buy everything from silk products to sweets. The market is open on Sundays and of course, don't forget to bargain as it is part of the culture here, just like everywhere else in Turkey!
The Souks, Marrakesh, Morocco
The Souks are located in the medina, the name of the old part of the city. You will, of course, find lights, carpets, leather goods and most of them will be hand-made, but I suggest you look for perfumes and oils, as they are really worth to be taken as a souvenir from Morocco.
Feria de San Telmo, Buenos-Buenos Aires, Argentina
Don't try to walk around the whole market-it's really big and colorful. For jewellery and accessories, interesting clothes and in general it is good to just sit in a cafe and watch the tango dancing in the street or listen to the band playing. There's also a market on Sundays.
Monastiraki Flea Market in Athens, Greece
Greece is not only about the monuments of the Ancient Greek civilization and Athens is worth visiting this flea market. The market is open every day but the highlight of the day is Sunday, when the market is more reminiscent of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Don't forget to haggle, it's appropriate here and you'll probably have to explain yourself on your fingers, unless of course you speak Greek!
Author of the article:
Dmitry Lebedev, OnlineExpo expert
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