Do you fancy a frolic through farmers’ markets, night markets or swap meets on your weekends? Well, European markets up the ante and give you a taste of the outdoors that you won’t find in the good ol’ US of A. We’re rounding up some of our favorite outdoor markets that offer up tasty treats like schnitzel, unique gifts like regional spices, or quirky souvenirs found within the confines of these stalls. Get your wallets ready!
The Vienna Naschmarkt
With over 120 market stands and restaurants, Vienna’s Naschmarkt is a must-visit for food lovers and anyone looking to grab a Viennese schnitzel while enjoying the great outdoors. You can find everything from Viennese to Italian food, special spices, coffee mugs, and even organic offerings. Every Saturday, the Naschmarkt hosts a weekly flea market as well.
Berlin Flea Markets
Berlin is home to numerous outdoor flea markets, or “flohmarkts” which are bustling on the weekends and chock full of delightful gems, delicious treats (like flavored honey), and will keep you busy for hours on end. The most famous antique market is located along ‘Straße des 17.Juni’ (say that twice) – offering second hand goods, handcrafts and other items. Every Sunday, there’s a market in Mauerpark, where you might find yourself being serenade by a karaoke show in the nearby amphitheater.
Souk el Attarine in the Fez, Morocco
Want to bring back a fragrant gift from Morocco? If you’re traveling to the old city of Fez, look for Souk el Attarine (perfume or spice market), where you’ll find a range of herbal goods and spices; incense, charms, and potions. You’re bound to find some Moroccan souvenirs and handcrafts in some of the herbalists shops as well.
Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
One of the largest (and oldest) covered markets in Istanbul (and the world!), According to the Grand Bazaar website, The Grand Bazaar has “60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.” The Bazaar is divided into sections highlighting different specialties, so you’re bound to find a souvenir that ranges from jewelry, clothing, leather goods, or antique items like old coins. Discover the history of Istanbul within these market halls and find something beautiful to return home with!
Paris Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysees
Forget the cheesy lines .The cheese vendor that you’ve stopped at for some Gruyere at the Paris Christmas Market on the Champs-Elysees is quite popular in demand! A visit to the City of Light is incomplete without stopping by Les Marché de Noël des Champs-Élysées, which offers entertainment, shopping, eating, games, rides and a variety of small presents to take home for the holidays. Try some of the regional cuisines of France as well.This outdoor market doesn’t disappoint (can anyone say, Foie Gras sandwich?) Wrap these food gifts tightly, otherwise security will reject them upon entry back home!