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Flea Markets Around the World

Updated on January 25, 2018

Flea markets are good family fun. What better way to spend a weekend day than browsing through a huge variety of goods in an open air market. Folks set up their tables with every imaginable item hoping to make some space at home and some money too. Shoppers can leisurely stroll from seller to seller and, with some luck, stumble upon a treasure or two. Every city and town usually has a flea market. Worldwide, there are flea markets that are more than just neighborhood sales. They are like cultural institutions in their size, quality and scope.

Thailand - Chatuchak Market is arguably the largest flea market in the world. Located in Bangkok, its vendors offer trinkets and goods from every corner of Thailand. With over 5000 shops, it is so popular that some city maps devote an entire section to it. The main street through Chatuchak Market is very wide making for comfortable shopping. Everything from pets, food, clothing and home décor is there for the haggling.

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FRANCE - Marche aux Puces is Paris's most famous flea market. It is actually a gathering of more than a dozen flea markets where everything from art to junk to antiques can be bought. With anywhere from 2500 to 3000 open air stalls and shops, it is a mecca for both the bargain-hunter and the collector. There are cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the area to rest up and nourish the hungry shopper's appetite.

U.S.A - First Monday Park in Canton, Texas is a huge event for the vendors as well as for the public. It takes place Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of each month. This friendly east Texas community has created a shoppers' paradise with something for everyone especially the collector. First Monday specializes in antiques, jewelry, arts and crafts and furniture but also offers vendors of tools, clothing and all things vintage.There are also craftsmen available for one-of-a-kind items.

MEXICO - The Flea Market in Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful place for treasure hunting as tourists to Mexico are increasingly finding out. Covering a whole city block, the Flea Market has grown from selling mainly produce and grocery goods to offering silver, leather, arts and handicrafts. Shops are located on two levels of the building as well as outside and haggling is welcome and expected. Like everything Mexican, the Flea Market is colorful and, best of all, lots of fun.

UNITED KINGDOM - Camden Lock in London started as a timber mill but eventually became the arts and crafts shopping destination it is today. The historic flavor was maintained and the market boasts cobblestones and quaint wooden sheds. Here artisans ply their trade and practice old world as well as modern craft. From bamboo, to leather and so much more, Camden Lock is well worth a visit.

INDIA - The Mapusa Market in Goa has been around for a long time. It was first mentioned in 1580 as a market hub for agricultural goods as well as festival and religious items. Today it is as lively as ever. Women from surrounding villages gather here by the river to sell their wares. Though modern day trinkets and gold and pottery are available, the Mapusa Market has not lost its authentic village style.

CANADA - Dr. Flea's Flea Market in Toronto is just plain fun. Not only does it have over 400 vendors, it has an outdoor Farmers' Market on the grounds. If you plan to make it a full day, Dr. Flea's is prepared to feed you in its international food court. Its extensive website has a section that boasts about the celebrities that have visited there from actors to sports figures. You can also get free flea dollars.

AUSTRALIA - The Rocks in Sidney has everything. From antiques to clothing to books, it is a complete shopping destination. On Friday nights in the summer, you can stroll through the night markets or eat at one of the many restaurants along the way. The Rocks is on the harbor so it is only natural that they offer cruises to the happy shopper. Also nearby is The Rocks Discovery Museum, a family friendly experience and just another reason to stop by.

CHINA - The Panjiayuan Weekend Market in Beijing is an endless stretch of shops and stalls. With over 3000 vendors from over 24 provinces, the market is always crowded and bustling. Besides the antique zone, shoppers can find Chinese crafts, jade, stoneware and beaded jewelry. Hillary Clinton has shopped here. For the bargain hunter, there is no better place to go.

RUSSIA - The Izmailovsky Souvenir Market in Moscow is lively and enormous featuring colorful mock wooden fortresses. It is complete with street musicians and sideshows to entertain you while you shop. You can buy trditional Russian handicrafts, amber and chess sets. And don't forget the food. Delicious kebabs with a sip of Russian cognac will warm your spirits. Bargaining and haggling is welcomed and expected. This is a must stop when visiting Moscow.


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    • MarcieMacari profile image


      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am from Ontario Canada, and although Dr. Flea's is a popular choice for a Flea Market, the truth is that I prefer Vendors' Flea Market. It is much better priced, and more conveniently located. You can find their website here: They also have a newer website at: . If you visit it, I'd like to hear your thoughts!

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      Cameron Dean 

      10 years ago from New York

      You’re so right; flea markets are good family fun. Also a great way to shop for local stuff. If you don’t mind, I’d like to add Mercato delle Pulci in Florence, Italy for chic buys and superb antiques and Istanbul, Turkey the Grand Bazaar amazing, talk about exotic.

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      Germaine Reilly 

      10 years ago

      I want to visit them all! But alas I've only been to Camden market - was a regular trip when I lived in London.

      Like Russia's touch with the music.

      Thanks for the suggestions!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks, Silver. I'd love to visit them myself.

    • Silver_Lotus profile image


      10 years ago from U.S.A.

      I've actually been to many of these markets, and I think it's great that you've done this hub about them. Nice!

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Asheville, NC

      LG - Thank you so much for commenting. There were many to choose from. I'll check some of them out in Turkey.

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      Loren's Gem 

      11 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Interesting hub! I wish you could have included the flea markets in Turkey - there are lots of them which became very popular not just by locals but also frequented by tourists especially in Istanbul!

      Just a thought. Cheers! :-)

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      11 years ago

      Mexican jumping beans really sell like crazy at flea markets! There is always a crowd of children (and adults) around the table with the Mexican jumping beans bouncing around. sells wholesale Mexican jumping beans in hinged clear plastic containers. They are hilarious...and inexpensive.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Michelle - thanks for adding this information. I need to check it out.

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      Michelle Jacobson 

      11 years ago from Umbria, ITALY

      There is also a great market in Hobart, Tasmania Australia. The Salamanca Markets are located in the historic wharf precinct - they feature high quality artistic local crafts , groovy clothing (vintage & new), books, food & plants etc.

      The best thing about these markets is that they are not touristy in any way. IMO one of the best markets in Australia.

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      11 years ago

      If you're interested in flea markets abroad, I've started to put together on my blog a "Worldwide Flea Markets Map".

      Available here:

      Hope it will help!

    • jamesmoralde profile image


      11 years ago from Florida, USA

      great hub!

    • travelespresso profile image


      12 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.


      Great hub. More places to add to my ever expanding list! I visited the Bac Ha markets high in the mountains in Vietnam and highly recommend that flea market too.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for stopping by. I used to sell at a local flea market for many years. It was a lot of fun - a real community. The place shut down to make room for a new Lowes. No other attempt to replace it ever worked.

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      12 years ago from florida

      I go to flea markets at least once a month, it's are so much fun to buy things you don't really need. By the way I noticed that you were in Asheville, I miss the mountains in the fall, I bet the leaves were spectacular. Nice Hub.

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      Holle Abee 

      12 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, man! I could spend a year at these places! Good hub!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      12 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Great list. I love flea markets.

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      12 years ago

      Great hub. I have been to the Paris and London flea markets and I had the most incredible time.

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Asheville, NC

    • suziecat7 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for stopping by. I think the one I would most like to visit is the Izmailovsky on Moscow. Seems like a fun place.

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      Ethel Smith 

      12 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Camden Lock seels some good stuff but is pricey. Try away from the tourist trail for better value and bargains

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      Nancy's Niche 

      12 years ago

      I think we should go back to this type of market; Reasonable prices, no overhead and more quality products.

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      12 years ago

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