Attractions, monuments, museums, restaurants… Each trip to a new city brings countless places that are well worth a visit, but a good way to discover the true essence of cities is visiting their markets and flea markets. Events revolving around gastronomy, art, culture, and music that are becoming increasingly popular in large cities, and that are held occasionally. We are talking about urban markets based on the concept of street markets, and the dates of these not-to –be-missed rendezvous are marked in the agendas of the locals in the cities where they are held. The wide variety of products on offer position these markets, not just as an option for alternative shopping, but also as a different and original type of entertainment.
If you enjoy activities that fall outside the range of common traveling activities, these events may prove to be a great option for discovering the destination you are at, and thus we bring you some of the most original markets and flea markets of some European cities.
Barcelona – Palo Alto Market
Barcelona’s most creative flea market is held every first weekend of the month. A gathering where entertainment, culture, and outdoors commerce are fostered, bringing together designers that carry most attractive products of the year. The flea market is held in an old building in Poble Nou, offering art, contemporary design, vintage products, street food, shows, music, and much more.
Berlin – Breakfast Market
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in Berlin they’re well aware of that. Each third weekend of the month sees the Breakfast Market in the historical market of Markthalle Neun. They boast a huge selection of cooking utensils, as well as cooking magazines and books. But they’ll also satisfy all your breakfast-related wishes: you’ll be able to taste all types of delicacies made by local producers, bakers and chefs throughout the day.
Paris – Take Me Out
A pop up market that brings together designers wanting to display accessories, clothing, and furniture. Take Me Out Market, which is held in Paris every three months, stands out for its wild touch of fun and craziness. Shows by artists and workshops for children or adults are among some of the activities on offer.
London – Putney Wharf
Putney Wharf is a vintage goods and antiques market with a retro atmosphere that is held every third Sunday of the month. You can find all types of antiques and items from the 20th century, like vinyls, jewelry, china, glass…
Rome – Mercato Monti
To be found in one of Rome’s trendiest areas during the first three weekends of the month with around 30 stalls set up by young designers. Fashion, handcrafted jewelry and accessories, vintage kimonos, and vinyls are some of the products this flea market has to offer.
Amsterdam – IJ-Hallen
The IJ-Hallen market is held once a month, and it’s the largest and most unique flea market in Europe. It is set up in two large old industrial buildings in Amsterdam Noord. Due to the size of the flea market one can find anything from clothing, to antiques, books, toys, kitchenware, and even furniture.