Favourite Outdoor Markets Around the World

When traveling in these cities, why not sample some of the culture by browsing through their local outdoor markets?

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Just south of the Thames River, Bermondsey Market occupies both an indoor area and outside trading space on Fridays, 4AM-2PM. Find anything from old silver, jewellery, vintage art supplies, lamps, and all sorts of unique decorative items.


Beyond the Metro station at Porte de Clignancourt is a cluster of markets known as the Puces de Saint-Ouen, which are open Monday to Saturday 9AM-7PM. This huge area has many specialties: Marché Paul Bert for architectural salvage and objects to complete any interior; Marché Serpette for anything 1900 to 1940's; Marché Malik for great 1960's & 70's clothes; and at the most picturesque, Marché Vernaison, you'll find perfume bottles, vintage luggage, Art Nouveau fabrics and more.


Saturday mornings from 8AM-2PM, a large fleamarket happens on Sachsenhauser Ufer. Everything from used record albums to bric-a-brac can be found.


It's been said that the markets in this city are better than its shops. The Waterlooplein market is open from Monday to Saturday 10AM-4PM. Browse here for old prints, silver and of course, bikes.


Before heading to the shops, cross the Tiber River and venture out to Trastevere, where a small crowded market, selling furniture and all sorts of stuff, is only open on Sunday morning until the late afternoon.

New York

The Annex outdoor market taking over parking lots on 6th Ave between 24th and 26th Streets is usually buzzing with activity early Saturday and Sunday mornings. Anything from antique beads and buttons, vintage handbags, jewellery and more can be had at a reasonable price.


On a warm, sunny day take a walk to Izmaylorsky Park, or simply "Vernisazh" for painted wood, jewellery, carpets, old military uniforms and so on.