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La Boqueria in Barcelona.

La Boqueria in Barcelona.

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Aug 1, 2012 —  Hearing the words vendors, ultra fresh, free-range, homemade, and vintage can help conjure up images of the most incredible open air markets in existence. Either as a native or a sightseer, there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the local culture than with a trip to that nearby market.

With each area maintaining its own form of distinctiveness, there’s a built in guarantee that surveyors will end up as consumers. From raw honey and exotic textiles to heirloom tomatoes and handmade leather belts, market offerings certainly run the gamut. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when you find yourself marinating on the thought of buying that vintage sputnik chandelier or pondering the logistics of transporting a 1,000 pound reclaimed wood door to your pint-sized studio apartment (your dinner parties will never be the same).

So when you need to start looking for hydroponic cucumbers, artisan cheeses, and gigantic slabs of Brazilian wood, check out our list of great markets around the world. Choose wisely, bring some cash…and maybe rent a U-Haul…you just never know.

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    Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

    Farmer's Market / Plaza / Shopping Area

    Ferry Plaza Farmers Market - Farmer's Market | Plaza | Shopping Area in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    1 Ferry Building
    Ferry Building Marketplace
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    415‑291‑3276

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    Albert Cuyp Markt

    Market / Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area

    Albert Cuyp Markt - Market | Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Amsterdam.
    Amsterdam

    Albert Cuypstraat
    Amsterdam

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    La Boqueria

    Market / Shopping Area

    La Boqueria - Market | Shopping Area in Barcelona.
    Barcelona

    Plaça de la Boqueria
    08002 Barcelona

    93 318 25 84

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    SoWa Open Market

    Market / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area

    SoWa Open Market - Market | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Boston.
    Boston

    460 Harrison Avenue
    Boston, MA 02118

    800‑403‑8305

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    Randolph Street Market

    Market / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area

    Randolph Street Market - Market | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Chicago.
    Chicago

    1350 West Randolph Street
    Chicago, IL 60607

    312‑666‑1200

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    Portobello Road Market

    Market / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area

    Portobello Road Market - Market | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in London.
    London

    Portobello Road at Westbourne Grove
    London W10 5TD

    General Inquiries: 020 7361 3000
    Antiques: 020 7229 8354

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    Mercado de San Miguel

    Market / Shopping Area

    Mercado de San Miguel - Market | Shopping Area in Madrid.
    Madrid

    Plaza San Miguel 1
    28013 Madrid

    91 542 49 39

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    Türkenmarkt

    Market / Outdoor Activity

    Türkenmarkt - Market | Outdoor Activity in Berlin.
    Berlin

    Maybachufer
    10967 Berlin

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    Les Puces de Saint-Ouen

    Flea Market / Outdoor Activity

    Les Puces de Saint-Ouen - Flea Market | Outdoor Activity in Paris.
    Paris

    140 Rue des Rosiers
    93400 Saint-Ouen

    01 40 12 32 58

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    Eastern Market

    Flea Market / Outdoor Activity / Shopping Area

    Eastern Market - Flea Market | Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    225 7th Street SE
    Washington, DC 20003

    202–698–5253

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User Comments

Lauren A. Aug 2, 2012
That picture of La Boqueria basically transports you...After diving into those candy bins, make sure you try the Paella!
Danny M. Aug 2, 2012
Do they still have a market at the Farmer's Market? I feel like they have one or two fruit stands and everything else is one big cafeteria.
Alex K. Aug 2, 2012
I like the Farmer's Market at the Grove because there is a lot of variety. Plus, you can get your retail fix or maybe catch a movie afterwards. There are so many others to choose from in LA, depending on where you live, from Santa Monica to Brentwood to Studio City.
Sam A. Aug 1, 2012
La Boqueria is possibly the best market in the world! I could spend hours in there. Great place to grab food before heading to the beach. Keep in mind that it is closed on Sundays and the best stuff is typically gone later in the day.
Victor H. Aug 1, 2012
Los Angeles needs to step their game up on this one. Thanks for the comment Paul. Now I don't have to book a flight or plan a vacation to visit a worthy market.
Paul F. Aug 1, 2012
Can't believe there's nothing on Los Angeles in this one. Although there's a really cool night market coming up on August 10th. It's an Asian Street Food market that's taking over LA Live.
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