8 ‘Unique’ Markets You Should Explore

Published September 8th, 2020 - 11:25 GMT

Markets are the heart of cities, they reflect people’s interests and culture. 

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of exploring a market in a brand-new city. The sights, the smells, and the bartering is a sure-fire way to meet the locals, experience the culture and learn about the city’s heritage.

These are 8 unusual markets that you might know, but should visit!

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1. Witches Market in La Paz in Bolivia

1.Witches Market in La Paz in Bolivia: If you’re a believer of supernatural powers then this market is a must visit! This unique market is known for its weird products which are used to influence supernatural elements which exist in the Aymara world.

2. Ka Firushi Bird Market in Kabul

2. Ka Firushi Bird Market in Kabul: Birds are the favorite pet of Kabuli people and that’s why they created an entire market in Kabul for birds only! In this market, you can find various birds in all shapes, sizes and colors.

3. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai in Thailand

3. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai in Thailand: The Night Bazaar consists of countless stalls packed along the sidewalks and spilling out into the street. Here you can find vendors selling almost anything you can think of. The selection is simply staggering and items on offer include CDs, DVDs, clothes, shoes, Thai silk, handicrafts, purses, wallets, watches, video games, luggage, home accessories, furniture, statues of aliens made from auto parts, spices, souvenirs, samurai swords, art, jewelry, silver, antiques, and several hundred other items of knick-knack and goo-gah that defy categorization. Quality varies from vendor to vendor but low prices mean you almost always get good value for your money.

4. Gypsy Brides Market in Mogila

4. Gypsy Brides Market in Mogila: It seems like Tinder hasn't made it yet to Mogila city in Bulgaria! The city hosts a market once a year where young girls visit this market in their finery, hoping to find a good and handsome husband.At this market the “price” of a young and beautiful woman might reach several thousand Euros!

5. Lome Voodoo Market in Togo

5. Lome Voodoo Market in Togo: The Akodessawa Fetish Market or Marche des Feticheurs is the world's largest voodoo market. The market features monkey heads, skulls, dead birds, crocodiles, skins and other products of dead animals.

6. Wesker & Son Popup Human Meat Market in London

6. Wesker & Son Popup Human Meat Market in London: If you’re a vegetarian vegan or a pescitarian this market won’t be any of your interest. And if you’re thinking Hannibal is the owner of this shop, then you’re definitely wrong. It’s true that you can buy edible human hands, limbs, feet and heads as well. However, all these items were made from pork and beef, and the processing was done in a way that takes the form of human body parts.

7. Muara Kuin Floating Market in Indonesia

7. Muara Kuin Floating Market in Indonesia: Muara Kuin Floating Market is a typical traditional market in the outfall of Barito River. It offers a fascinating panorama for many local and foreign visitors where one can witness both sellers and buyers in intense negotiations on jukung or traditional boats , It is a beautiful scene to catch the sunrise between the Jukung while sellers offer fresh vegetables from the surrounding agricultural areas along the Barito River and its watercourses.

8. Izmailovsky Market in Moscow, Russia

8. Izmailovsky Market in Moscow, Russia: You cannot skip this market if you’re planning to buy souvenirs from Russia! In this market one can buy beautiful and colorful dolls in every size and style. Although the market is well known for the variety of Matryokshi (nesting dolls), there are other products too which you can buy there.

1. Witches Market in La Paz in Bolivia
2. Ka Firushi Bird Market in Kabul
3. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai in Thailand
4. Gypsy Brides Market in Mogila
5. Lome Voodoo Market in Togo
6. Wesker & Son Popup Human Meat Market in London
7. Muara Kuin Floating Market in Indonesia
8. Izmailovsky Market in Moscow, Russia
1. Witches Market in La Paz in Bolivia
1.Witches Market in La Paz in Bolivia: If you’re a believer of supernatural powers then this market is a must visit! This unique market is known for its weird products which are used to influence supernatural elements which exist in the Aymara world.
2. Ka Firushi Bird Market in Kabul
2. Ka Firushi Bird Market in Kabul: Birds are the favorite pet of Kabuli people and that’s why they created an entire market in Kabul for birds only! In this market, you can find various birds in all shapes, sizes and colors.
3. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai in Thailand
3. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai in Thailand: The Night Bazaar consists of countless stalls packed along the sidewalks and spilling out into the street. Here you can find vendors selling almost anything you can think of. The selection is simply staggering and items on offer include CDs, DVDs, clothes, shoes, Thai silk, handicrafts, purses, wallets, watches, video games, luggage, home accessories, furniture, statues of aliens made from auto parts, spices, souvenirs, samurai swords, art, jewelry, silver, antiques, and several hundred other items of knick-knack and goo-gah that defy categorization. Quality varies from vendor to vendor but low prices mean you almost always get good value for your money.
4. Gypsy Brides Market in Mogila
4. Gypsy Brides Market in Mogila: It seems like Tinder hasn't made it yet to Mogila city in Bulgaria! The city hosts a market once a year where young girls visit this market in their finery, hoping to find a good and handsome husband.At this market the “price” of a young and beautiful woman might reach several thousand Euros!
5. Lome Voodoo Market in Togo
5. Lome Voodoo Market in Togo: The Akodessawa Fetish Market or Marche des Feticheurs is the world's largest voodoo market. The market features monkey heads, skulls, dead birds, crocodiles, skins and other products of dead animals.
6. Wesker & Son Popup Human Meat Market in London
6. Wesker & Son Popup Human Meat Market in London: If you’re a vegetarian vegan or a pescitarian this market won’t be any of your interest. And if you’re thinking Hannibal is the owner of this shop, then you’re definitely wrong. It’s true that you can buy edible human hands, limbs, feet and heads as well. However, all these items were made from pork and beef, and the processing was done in a way that takes the form of human body parts.
7. Muara Kuin Floating Market in Indonesia
7. Muara Kuin Floating Market in Indonesia: Muara Kuin Floating Market is a typical traditional market in the outfall of Barito River. It offers a fascinating panorama for many local and foreign visitors where one can witness both sellers and buyers in intense negotiations on jukung or traditional boats , It is a beautiful scene to catch the sunrise between the Jukung while sellers offer fresh vegetables from the surrounding agricultural areas along the Barito River and its watercourses.
8. Izmailovsky Market in Moscow, Russia
8. Izmailovsky Market in Moscow, Russia: You cannot skip this market if you’re planning to buy souvenirs from Russia! In this market one can buy beautiful and colorful dolls in every size and style. Although the market is well known for the variety of Matryokshi (nesting dolls), there are other products too which you can buy there.