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You don’t have to be a foodie to appreciate a good food market. (The smells! The colors! The crazy fishmongers yelling at each other in Italian!) Check out these eight incredible marketplaces from around the world for a glimpse into the local cultures and traditions.


The Spice Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Located in the gigantic Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar is a maze of pungent fragrances; colorful, foreign spices; and impassioned vendors. Find everything from dried fruit and herbs to the finest Iranian saffron, Russian caviar sumac and cumin.


Borough Market, London

Come to Borough Market with an empty stomach. Then go nuts. Crowd favorites include the beer-battered fish and chips from Fish! and the duck confit sandwich from Le Marché du Quartier.


Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris, France

The oldest covered market in Paris, Marché des Enfants Rouges is located in the picturesque Marais and promises everything from Moroccan couscous and Japanese bento boxes to authentic crepes and pistachio crème brûlée.


Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain

Characterized by stalls of colorful zumos (fresh squeezed juices); ripe, vibrant produce; and exotic spices, the Boqueria 
is where the native Catalan people flock to do their daily grocery shopping. In addition to the stalls, you can also snag a seat at one of the tiny tapas bars and snack on fried artichokes, cod croquettes and shrimp in garlic sauce. 


Or Tor Kor Market, Bangkok, Thailand

This renowned market in Bangkok features the best locally grown food from across the country. In addition to produce, seafood, meat and flowers, you’ll find traditional Thai snacks like braised duck noodles, grilled coconut pancakes and fresh curry dishes.


Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo, Japan

Seafood is the specialty at this Japanese wholesale fish market, which was featured in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. The live tuna auctions begin at 5 a.m., where chefs fight for the most tasty fish based on the color and firmness of its flesh. Don’t leave without eating an authentic sushi breakfast.


Smorgasburg, Brooklyn, New York

This weekly Brooklyn-based food flea market is an Instagrammer’s paradise. Don’t miss the legendary ramenburger--a shoyu-glazed beef patty sandwiched between two fried ramen noodle patties. Finish up with a vegan Dun-Well Doughnut which comes in flavors like hibiscus and Maple Blueberry.


Mercado de la Merced, Mexico City, Mexico

Come to the historic Mexico City market for fresh produce and traditional street food like blue corn tortilla quesadillas and grilled corn covered in queso fresco. 

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