Everyone loves shopping, especially when we are out traveling. It is on our itinerary to go out and hit the local bazaar and pick out selected knick-knacks for friends and relatives back home.
At some of these unusual markets around the world, shopping becomes not only a stress buster but an enriching experience as well. From toys to fashion everything can be found in the local market. Here are some markets around the world that supply very weird stuff, it may look scary and repulsive at first but its actually fun and entertaining
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.
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.
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.
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 musicians performing throughout the night. You can shop here throughout the day, and enjoy the varieties of performances and food items available here at night.
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.
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.
Chiang 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.
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.