Where to go for souvenirs_ 20 of the most interesting flea markets in the world
Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris, France
The largest and most famous flea market in Europe includes 14 separate markets, which sell more than 1,700 sellers. Here you can find the first editions of books by French writers, collection film cameras and unusual knickknacks.
Opening hours: 9:45 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:45 Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays
Address: Rue des Rosiers
Ferikoy Pazar, Istanbul, Turkey
Every Sunday this place is transformed from a regular car parking into a market, lined with rows of tables with a variety of goods. It is worth going here for traditional Turkish souvenirs and objects of the Ottoman Empire.
Opening hours: every Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00
Address: Semt Pazarı No: 8, Cumhuriyet Mahallesi
Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, USA
At the flea market in the suburbs of Los Angeles, you can find many attributes of pop culture such as a Barbie house or a lunch box with Mickey Mouse. In addition, clothes, shoes, jewellery, furniture, souvenirs and crafts are sold here.
Opening hours: every second Sunday of the month from 9:00 to 16:30
Address: 1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena
Portobello Road Market, London, UK
The market is a long narrow street, on both sides of which are small shops with antiques and a wide variety of collectables. On Saturdays, in addition to shops, things are sold on tables right on the street.
Opening hours: from 9:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Wednesday, from 9:00 to 13:00 on Thursdays, from 9:00 to 19:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
Address: Portobello Road, 72 Tavistock Road
Feira da Ladra, Lisbon, Portugal
Here you can find antiques, porcelain, ceramics, handmade souvenirs, clothes, magazines and much more. Locals and tourists warn: the market is famous for a large number of pickpockets, so you should carefully monitor their belongings.
Opening hours: from 6:00 to 17:00 on Tuesdays and Saturdays
Address: Campo de Santa Clara, Alfama, Tram 28
Jeu de Balle, Belgium
It is one of the few flea markets in the world, open year-round. There are, for example, old paintings, rare vinyl records or rare books.
Opening hours: from 6:00 to 14:00 on weekdays, from 6:00 to 15:00 on weekends
Address: Place du Jeu de Balle
Porta Portese, Rome, Italy
In the thousands of small kiosks located on the market, you can find anything from rare antique kerosene lamps to South American llama wool hats. With antiques worth being careful – there are a lot of fakes.
Opening hours: every Sunday from 6:30 to 14:00
Address: Piazza di Porta Portese
San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
They sell unusual clothes, vintage movie posters, jewellery and homemade snacks. The flea market is located in a quarter known for tango music, so along the way, you can listen to street bands and watch a dance show.
Opening hours: every Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00
Address: Plaza Dorrego
Flohmarkt im Mauerpark, Berlin, Germany
In this market, art school students and artists often sell paintings and handicrafts, and here you can find a lot of vintage items. Visitors entertains live music.
Opening hours: every Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00
Address: Bernauer Str. 63-64
Oi Racetrack, Tokyo, Japan
In addition to antiques, clothes and costume jewellery traditional for the flea market, there are vintage kimonos, antique porcelain dolls and traditional Japanese fans. There are about 600 kiosks in the market.
Opening hours: every Sunday from 9:00 to 15:00
Address: 2-1-2 Katsushima, Shinagawa-Ku
Brooklyn Flea, New York, USA
It is worth a look here to decorate the interior with vintage decor or to purchase handmade gifts. In addition, you can meet young designers who sell clothes.
Opening hours: every Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
Address: 176 Lafayette Ave
Waterlooplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands
At the oldest flea market in the city, you can find authentic souvenirs from Asia and Africa, designer clothes and rare vinyl records for ridiculous money. Magnets and postcards with Amsterdam are also worth buying here – they are cheaper than in tourist shops.
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Saturdays.
Am Hof Markt, Vienna, Austria
People come to this market for ancient works of art, rare books and collectable coins. In winter, it does not work.
Opening hours: 10:00 to 18:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
Address: Am Hof Platz
Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
There are few valuable antiques here, but there are a lot of vintage items of the last century, as well as handmade dishes, ceramics and copper jewellery. Bargaining is not only possible but necessary.
Opening hours: from 9:00 to 17:00 from Sunday to Thursday, from 9:00 to 14:00 on Fridays.
Address: Olei Zion
Mercat del Belcair, Barcelona, Spain
It is called the most international flea market in Europe. It is worth coming here first of all for vintage clothes and antiques.
Opening Hours: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Address: Carrer de Los Castillejos, 158
Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand
Thai silk, Buddha statues, exotic plants, medicinal herbs, and even live snakes are only a small part of what can be found here. The market has more than 15 thousand kiosks, so at the entrance, you should take a free card so as not to get lost, and come early when there are not so many visitors.
Opening hours: 9:00 to 18:00 on Saturdays and Sundays
Address: Kamphaeng Phet Road
El Rastro, Madrid, Spain
There is almost everything here – from old things to new things. Goods are distributed in the streets – for example, there is furniture in the Plaza del General Vara del Reythere, and various antique items are sold on Calle Rodas.
Hours: every Sunday from 9:00 to 15:00
Address: Calle de la Ribera de Curtidores
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai, Thailand
In the night market in Chiang Mai, they sell designer clothes (although fake are not uncommon), jewellery and handmade souvenirs. The main thing is not to forget to bargain – the sellers are waiting for this from you.
Opening hours: from 18:00 to 00:00
Address: 104-1 Chang Klan Road
Panjiayuan, Beijing, China
The market is divided into sections depending on the type of goods, so it’s pretty easy to navigate. There are about 3,000 shops, filled with porcelain, Chinese furniture, busts of the leaders of the Communist Party, old national clothes, used books and precious stones. True, fake too short.
Opening hours: 4:30 to 16:00 on Saturdays and Sundays
Address: 200, Panjiayuan Lu
Dr Flea’s, Toronto, Canada
At Toronto’s largest flea market, electronics, vintage clothing and a variety of art objects are sold, and there is a market for farm products nearby. Every hour for visitors spend draws and give prizes.
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays
Address: 8 Westmore Drive