Shopping becomes not only a stressbuster but an enriching experience as well. Especially when we are out travelling, it is almost a Must-Do on our itinerary to go out and hit the local bazaar and pick out selected knick-knacks for friends and relatives back home.
Here are some markets around the world which are quite unusual.
1Witches Market, South America
Head down to the Witch’s Market in La Paz, Bolivia to indulge in the rich Wiccan culture that is predominant in this area. This is not just an apothecary but also plays host to a number of witches, medicine women, folk doctors, astrologers, fortune tellers, and sorcerers who live here and work. Don’t forget to buy a dried llama fetus while you’re there, because it is said to bring prosperity and luck according to witch-lore.
2Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
Although the name Djemaa El Fna technically means “the assembly of the dead”, this market in Morocco transforms into the most magical, Arabian Nights-ish marketplace after the sun sets. The aroma of mouthwatering Moroccan delicacies are spread throughout the streets. The evening is adorned with dance groups such as Aissaoua Sufis, the Gnaoua trance-healers and Andalous musiciens performing throughout the night. You can shop here throughout the day, and enjoy the varieties of performances and food items available here at night.
3Khan Al-Khalili Market, Egypt
This mystical shopping market in the middle of Egypt is said to have controlled the entire spice trade. Just called Khan by all and sundry, this shopping market is known to be one of the most beautiful markets in the world, with pleasing sights and sounds and aromas wafting throughout the place.
4Wesker & Son Popup Human Meat Market, London
The Wesker & Son Popup market group had held a temporary human meat market festival at the Smithfield Market in London, as a PR event before the release of the then upcoming Resident Evil gaming installment. People were invited to sample and purchase a dizzying array of edible human limbs including hands, feet and a human head, which will be available to buy directly from the shop. No need to worry people, all the items on sale were actually made from beef and pork, and just processed to look like human body parts.
5Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo
At the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan, you can play a bidding game and buy the most exquisite fish. Divided into two, the outer market caters to the general public needs while the inner market is where the world famous Tuna auctioning takes place, where only 120 visitors are allowed to participate in the auctioning.
6Gypsy Brides Market, Mogila
This traditional market held annually in Mogila, Bulgaria, is a place where young, marriageable girls accumulate, dressed in all their finery, hoping to find a good, well-off husband, who will pay a hefty sum of money to buy his bride. At the market in the village of Mogila near Stara Zagora, the price of a beautiful young woman is said to be several thousand levs/euros.
7Muara Kuin Floating Market, Indonesia
This unique market basically consists of a barrage of shop-boats which float on the Barito river waters at the mouth of the river Muara Kuin in the city of Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, Indonesia. The traders bring in the goods – vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish, and household items using jukungs or small boats.
8Ka Firushi Bird market, Kabul
A market that is brimful with the chirps and coos of different birds of all shapes and colors, the Ka Firushi Bird Market in Kabul is a haven for bird lovers. The shopkeepers selling their noisy, colorful fares in this market have mostly been doing this for generations. Some of them don’t even need the money, but they are doing it just for the fun.
9Lomé Voodoo Market, Togo
For those believing in the mystical powers of voodoo, the Lome Voodoo Market in West Africa will cater to all your dark magic needs. This marketplace sells everything voodoo-related like elephants’ feet, the heads of leopards, hands of chimpanzees, hearts of horses, and any other animal part you may or may not imagine.
10Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
In daytime, this is a regular shoppers street with shops, hotels, and major franchises like Starbucks and Burger King all lined up here. However once the sun sets, the hawkers with their little movable little stalls all set up shop all over this place and ply designer products (fake and real) and electronic goods.