Summer is ending, new vegetables and fruits adorn the markets’ stands and we will soon start to prepare pumpkin soups and grilled chestnuts here in Germany. But what of markets in other part of the world? How do they look like? What type of food and other local products are sold? To answer these questions, I have asked members of the Multicultural Kid Blogs community to provide some pictures and thoughts on this subject. I must say that I am now in great desire of visiting all these places! Amanda is a traveler [Maroc Mama]. She lives now in Marrakech, Morocco, and visits the local market quite often but her loves of travel brought her for example to Helsinki, Finland. She took this picture of an indoor market and you can see that wood is everywhere…Quite typical and lovely, don’t you think?
Tsukiji Market in Tokyo is billed as the world’s largest and busiest fish market. It is often on the top of the must-see list of many tourist who view the Japanese capitol city. Most tourists go for the 5 am live tuna auction and then get in long lines to each fresh sushi from one of the sushi counters that line the market. Just across the street from where they hold the live tuna auction is a bustling market where you can buy fresh fish, sample Japanese street food, and savor a true taste of Tokyo. Aimee, Raising World Citizens
Jennifer, American Mom in Bordeaux, has written a post about the Libourne market place. Libourne is a french town in Gironde, where flow the river Dordogne. You can either buy food, clothes or everyday life items… And speaking about France, Phoebe of Lou Messugo has some pictures that make me feel quite nostalgic… (I lived in the South of France near the Spanish border from 2 to 22 years old, markets were part of my life as much as the sunny summers and the Tramontane blowing away the umbrellas. Sadly, I have no pictures left from my youth.) In a blog post, she explains how important markets are in Provence, illustrated with luscious photos:
My nearest lovely market is Valbonne in the Alpes-Maritimes which takes place every Friday morning. It spreads out through all the little alleyways of the medieval village and sells a great mix of locally grown seasonal vegetables and local products such as olives, olive oils, cheese, saucisson, honey, spices, lavender-based goods like soap, essential oil and bags. It also has clothing, provencal fabrics and tablecloths, accessories, pottery, things made out of olivewood and plenty of other things. It attracts huge numbers of visitors but it’s also very much used by locals to buy their weekly vegetables etc. Markets are very much part of everyday life in France, not just for tourists! These pictures were taken in spring.
Crystal, from Crystal tiny treasures St. George’s Market in Belfast, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom). It was built between 1890 – 1896 and it was named the UK’s best Large Indoor Market in 2014. HRH Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh visited St. George’s this summer for the first time to take in the diverse range of local food, crafts, music and atmosphere.
Borough Market is a London treasure. Nestled near the London Bridge, it’s a fantastic spot to wander, check out the fresh and prepared foods, and plan your next meals. The market, which dates back to the 13th century, offers fresh produce, cheeses, olives, pastries, fish & chips, and even Pims! Aimee, Raising World Citizens
Frances blogs at Discovering the world through my son’s eyes and share with her reader her love for her native country Puerto Rico.
In USA, Mary Anne, alias Mama Smiles, had written blog posts about her first visit to a farmer’s market in Massachusetts and the second time too… because you can’t have enough moments like these! Click on the links to discover the joy of going to a market with kids.
Green City Market takes place twice a week in Chicago’s Lincoln Park and Fulton Market neighborhood. It runs during the summer and moves indoors in Lincoln Park during the winter, allowing Chicagoans to get locally produced, fresh foods all year round. Chicagoans flock to the market to buy produce, breads, meats and prepared foods. It’s easy to spend all day there shopping for food, sampling market treats, listening to music, watching chef demonstrations, and more. Aimee, Raising World Citizens
The Logan Square Farmers Market takes place every Sunday in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. It moves indoors during the winter, making it easy for Chicagoans to shop for fresh food during the cold weather. The market is a true community gathering place, and its vendors reflect the diversity of the neighborhood. You can buy French baguettes, Asian tofu, Mexican tacos, Italian pasta, British sausage and more. It’s the perfect place to eat, listen to music, and people watch from a cozy spot in the grass. Aimee, Raising World Citizens
“Zagreb has a fabulous Market called the ‘Dolac Markets’, which is over 80 years old. You’ll find the markets located within a few metres walk of Trg Bana Jelačić Square. The markets are easy to spot, just keep your eyes peeled for ‘Kumica’ at the top of the stairs at the entrance into Dolac. Once you see this peasant lady with her basket on her head, the open space will be filled with rows, and rows of red umbrellas. Then you’ll know you’ve arrived.” SJ de Chasing the donkey.
The indoor market in the center of Frankfurt is a place full of life, delicious smells and tasty discoveries. A nice place to buy a focaccia or some tapas after shopping for Grüne Soße herbs and fresh fishes. If you come to Hessen in Autumn, visit Oberursel and its St Martin’s markt (local producters and medieval games)… and if you are around during Advent, many Christmas markets take place in the cities around Mainhattan (the nickname for Frankfurt). When I asked Haboona [NNNN] for pictures of markets in Saudi Arabia, she kindly told me that, because of the extreme heat, there are no outdoor markets. But they do have places to buy foods… So here you go: two sets of pictures of supermarkets in Riyadh, full of fresh products, spices, oils, starchy food and non-alcoholic drinks! If you stay in Sao Paulo, Brazil, save time for the 5 markets worth a look in this big city. Annabelle [The Piri-Piri Lexicon] has enjoyed them greatly with her child. When she traveled to Istanbul, she also strolled through many Bazaars. Take a look at , Istanbul colors are delighful.
Isemarkt is one of Hamburg’s oldest markets (it turned 100 in 2012). It takes place bi-weekly under the viaduct of Hamburg’s first metro line. A whole kilometer long, it is the longest open air market in Europe and has over 200 merchants. Ilze, Let the Journey Begin.
Adriana [Changing Plate] goes every week in the market in Weilheim in the South of Germany. Held weekly in the center of the town, this market brings together local farmers and vendors of delicious products. Everything is fresh and seasonal and it’s easy to find organic produces, cheeses and oils. As Italy is roughly 90 miles away, you could often find Italian vendors (on the picture, you will see one from Tuscany). On the pictures in the top left corner, you can see decorations made from hops and fresh currants, flowers and other vegetables/fruits. As one of her friends said “Not only do we drink beer, we put it on the walls!!”
I will finish with the website: askan.biz. You will find pictures and informations about markets in all the world (in “find a market all around the world”). It has also a blog where the author shares his visits in markets. It seems that the love for markets – farmers markets, local craftmen markets, flea markets and so on – is shared in every part of the world. That’s not something I will ever complain about!
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