Flea Markets are a great way to soak up local flavor, and according to Fodor’s Travel, these are the 12 best in the world…
Portobello Road in London is nearly two miles where you will find approximately 1,000 vendors plus 100 antique stores selling everything from Victorian necklaces, to movie posters or household goods.
The Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena is akin to a football stadium filled with everything from vintage merchandise to arts and crafts.
Brimfield Antique Show, America’s largest and oldest outdoor antique and collectible show, spans 23 contiguous fields about a mile long.
Marche aux Puces is a 150-year-old market north of Paris comprised of a labyrinth of alleys and stalls full of everything from old French treasures to old French junk!
Mauerpark Flohmarket in Berlin is more of a giant yard sale with live bands and food stalls lining the streets.
Feria de San Telmo is a delightful street fair in Buenos Aires which is 13 blocks of 270 permanent stalls along beautiful cobblestone streets. Great if you are looking for trinkets, memorabilia, delicious food or to be entertained by tango dancers!
El Rastro in Madrid has market stalls selling mostly new clothes, while side streets are reserved for antiques, collectibles and handmade items.
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is bursting with silks, carpets, pipes, ceramics, spices and other Turkish delights that would make even Aladdin proud!
The Souks in Marrakech, Morocco is filled with leather goods, blacksmiths, perfumes and oils, delicious food and exotic spices.
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market in New York gives 25% of its proceeds to struggling local artists. While the number of vendors is small, residents and tourists flock here for unique items and low prices.
127 Corridor is the world’s largest yard sale – 690 miles along U.S. Highway 127 between Gadsden, Alabama and Hudson, Michigan and full of everything from yard sale goods to Southern hospitality.
Mercantic in Barcelona is an 80-stall indoor flea market with lively music, children’s entertainment, art, books, furniture and souvenirs, as well as ceramic and glass workshops.