Travelers get to know new places, cities and destinations through their cuisine, their locals, their traditions and their monuments and museums. And they can also get closer to the culture and the everyday lives of the people that inhabit a destination through their markets and bazaars. Sure, there are shopping malls with their glass facades and fancy brand names. But the gleaming marble and the shiny lights don’t have the same character and sense of adventure as the narrow, dimly lit bazaars, with a hundred smells and sounds overwhelming your senses at every step. Here, then, are some bazaars and markets around the world for you to visit. ALSO READ: Top 5 street shopping markets in Delhi for a great bargain deal Also Read - COVID-19: 69-year-old Italian Citizen Dies at Jaipur Hospital; Death Toll in India Rises to 5
Marrakesh Souk, Morocco
Jamaa el Fna market square, Marrakesh, Morocco, north Africa. Jemaa el-Fnaa, Djema el-Fna or Djemaa el-Fnaa is a famous square and market place in Marrakesh’s medina quarter
First up is the famed Marrakesh Souk in Morocco. The city itself has its roots as a trading post in the desert for caravans that traveling to Timbuktu. Its central souk is probably as old as the word ‘souk’ itself, and it shows in every square foot of the market. You can easily get lost in the maze of streets here, so give yourself a couple of days at least to fully explore it. Get past the usual tourist haunts at the Djemaa El Fna Square and head to the smaller shops inside, selling sweets, lantern stands, musical instruments, leather goods and wedding blankets. Also Read - Watch | Pigeon Spotted Flying Inside GoAir Plane, Take-Off Delayed By 30 Minutes
Feria de San Pedro Telmo, Buenos Aires
The famed San Telmo street market where Argentines gather to dance, drink and enjoy when the street is closed to traffic on Sunday
On the other side of the Atlantic in South America, there is the Feria de San Pedro Telmo, a bustling Sunday market in Buenos Aires. The market’s history dates back to 1897, and even today it has the same charm of the era, complete with wrought iron and leaded glass structural elements. You can pick up Art Deco jewelry and leather saddle bags and antiques and other vintage items, all while enjoying performances by street musicians and tango dancers. Also Read - Kartik Aaryan Can't Stop Smiling as he Resumes Shooting For Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 in Jaipur | Watch Video
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
We cannot leave out the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul from any list of bazaars and markets. There are around 4,000 stores and 65 streets within this sprawling bazaar, which dates back around 600 years. Millions flock the streets every year, but the experience of walking through the crowded bazaar streets and seeing all the curios on offer is still unmatched. You get everything from ceramic sets to gold bracelets to leather goods and fabrics and, of course, rugs.
Johari Bazaar, Jaipur
Display of traditional lamps at Johari Bazaar in Jaipur, India
India has its fair share of madcap bazaars and markets where you can scream your heart out for bargains and risk getting lost in the streets. But there is a certain charm to the Johari Bazaar in Jaipur that gives it a spot in this list. Gems and jewelry are what you get here, as the name suggests. A popular spot for Indian tourists and foreigners alike, the bazaar is full of stores and their owners and artisans who have been doing this for generations. NOW READ: 9 best shopping destinations in Mumbai where you can shop AND save!
Jaffa Flea Market, Tel Aviv
The flea market neighborhood of old Jaffa is full of the cozy cafes, decorated with plants in pots, colorful rugs and wooden details
Finally, we have the Jaffa Flea Market of Tel Aviv, located at the center of the popular Jaffa neighborhood. Jaffa itself dates back to the 19th century and the Arab neighborhood has had its rough spots. But today it is bustling with activity, thanks in large part to the flea market that has been around since the time of the Ottoman Empire. Along the narrow streets, you will find antiques and old instruments, handmade necklaces and other curios, printed T-shirts and other items of interest.