Food for the Soul: 7 street markets around the world

2014-01-14 10:28
Doesn’t travelling feel like eating a really great, satisfying meal?

Then imagine what a wholesome meal it is when you experience what a particular destination has on its menu - rich, colourful, aromatic markets that transform your travel experience into one that is raw and authentic.

Markets are constantly abuzz, and so full of life that you’re left with an insatiable appetite for living a life that doesn’t fall short of experiencing a cultural explosion.

1. South Africa: Neighbourgoods Market

One can't talk about markets without mentioning home brewed Neighbourgoods market.

Founded in 2006 by Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro, this award winning market gives you the opportunity to buy specialty foods and crafts every Saturdays in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

2. Delhi: Chandni Chowk Market

From exotic fruit, to second hand shoes, Chandni Chowk market stocks everything you can think of. It is the oldest and busiest market in Delhi. Chandni Chowk means "moonlit market", and gets its name from the fact that it was once divided by canals that reflected the moon light. The canals have since been closed. This market is perfect if you’re looking for a buzzing retail atmosphere.

3. Bangkok: Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak is the largest market in Thailand and is also the largest weekend market in the world. Items that can be found range from antiques to live animals.If you're keen for a busy market with people from all walks of life, this is the market for you as it welcomes at least 200 000 people per day on weekends. With well over 15 000 stalls, this market is sure to keep you busy for an entire weekend.

4. Morocco: Marrakech Market

One of the ancient cities of Morocco is home to one of the country’s best markets. If you’ve seen anything Moroccan, be it in pictures or even face to face, you”ll know just what a treat it is to get the opportunity to purchase authentic Moroccan handcrafts. Marrakech also gives you the opportunity to tantalize your tastebuds with authentic Moroccan meals. Yum. Are you into snakes? Snake charmers are common at this market, and are always keen to take pictures with tourists.

5. Ghana: Kejetia Market

If you’ve seen the beautiful burst of colour that Ghanaian native clothing is made of, you’ll know that any market in Ghana is a treat. Kejetia Market, located in the town of Kumasi is crowded, but in that “I’m in an amazing place so I don’t mind” kind of way. Here you can expect to come across Kente cloth, Ashanti crafts and dried chameleons. Oh and guess what? This market is considered to be one of the best in West Africa.

6. Amsterdam: Flower Market

Not only are markets great for clothes, food and other interesting items, but the Amsterdam floating market, brings you the opportunity to buy the most beautiful flowers in the world. Tulips, narcissus and other beautiful flowers are there for your choosing. What’s also great is that you can export them to a destination of your choice. How great is that?

7. Ethiopia: Merkato Market

Merkato is the largest open air market in East Africa, and one of the best. You can buy flip-flops, incense and spices. You’ll need a pair of good, comfortable shoes in order to experience this market in the best way possible.

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