No matter where you go around the world, it’s likely that you’re going to find a farmer’s market to visit while you’re there. Whether you’re going just to visit or to pick up some useful products and items to have some snacks back at the hotel, farmer’s markets are usually a good spot on any trip. Typically, weekends are the best time to seek them out and warmer weather is usually when you’ll be able to explore them most. Here are just a few of the world’s best farmer’s markets.
Klong Toey Fresh Market | Bangkok, Thailand
Much of Bangkok is busy and full of local vendor stalls, but nothing quite like Klong Toey. With the sheer amount of choices here, it’s almost like its own small city tucked away inside the capital. This isn’t for the faint of heart! It can get pretty busy here, so pay close attention to what’s going on around you.
Union Square Greenmarket | New York City
As the largest market in New York City, each day sees about 60,000 visitors both local and tourists and from all walks of life. Here, you’ll be able to find a mix of locally-made foods, treats, and goods as well as tons of fresh produce as well. In such a bustling city, it’s important to have spaces where natural products are in abundance!
Azadpur Wholesale Market | Dehli India
If you’re looking for a food market with tons of space, look no further than this one. It’s the largest of its kind in Asia, with tons of local fruits and vegetables to choose from. Bartering is key here, but many of the prices you find will be pretty reasonable, to begin with. At 46 acres, it’s easy to get lost among the stalls of great foods here!
Rialto Market | Venice, Italy
Not only does this popular market serve the local population of Venice, but also the millions of tourists who pass through each and every year. You can get plenty of fruits and vegetables, but also fish since Venice is a city essentially built on top of water all around it
La Boqueria Market | Barcelona, Spain
Th farmer’s market might be indoors, but that doesn’t make it any less authentic. The market itself dates back to the 13th century and has some of the very best produce and street foods in the region.
Kaupattori Market | Helsinki, Finland
Coming to this farmer’s market, you’ll find a whole variety of items and foods to immerse you into the local culture and cuisine. You’ll find fresh produce, fish, smoked meats and even clothing and crafts by local artisans and plenty of street foods. As one of the most popular destinations in Finland, it’s bound to be busy when you visit.
Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao | Bogotá, Colombia
Located right in the capital city, this bustling market overflows with the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Colombia. Here, you’ll be able to find everything from local fruit and vegetable to flower to seafood.
Kashgar Sunday Market | China
This market might be a bit more hidden than some of the more popular options in larger cities like Beijing, but there’s plenty of history here as it used to be a point on the Silk Route in the time of the ancient Romans. Look for this market behind the Karakorum and Pamir mountains.
No matter what market you end up going to, it will be important for you to double check what kind of food items you’re able to bring back with you. Typically, meats and produce have to stay behind but for other items like crafts or clothing, you should be in the clear. In any event, having quality luggage with you to bring it home is the most important thing, which is where Rise Gear comes in – our bags are designed with the modern traveller in mind. Happy Travels!