Visiting Street Markets in Your Travels

posted by Sharon March 17, 2019 38 Comments
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A special time is in store when you visit a local street market during your travels. With the weather warming up, it’s a great time to head outdoors and mix with the residents of a city. Here are reasons to seek out a street market, along with photos of some of those I’ve especially enjoyed.

Bayeux, Normandy, France

The small town of Bayeux near the coast of France dates back to medieval times. Cobblestone streets and buildings that have stood for centuries make a picturesque setting for a market. We happened to be here on a summer weekend when the town came out in droves to enjoy the sunny morning.

Bayeux Normandy

The first reason to visit a street market is that it provides a place to blend with residents. With people out shopping for their groceries and goods, you can wander and feel part of the culture. And buy a scarf . . . or several.Bayeux Normandy Street MarketBayeux Normandy Street MarketBayeux Normandy Street Market

A second reason to visit a street market is for the food. Street markets revolve around food, of course. Normandy is farm country, so growing edibles is a way of life here. Plenty of produce shows up in the market. Bayeux Normandy Street MarketBayeux Normandy Street MarketBayeux Normandy Street Market

Another staple of the street markets I’ve been to is cheese. Normandy excels at cheese. The hard part is choosing from among so many varieties. Bayeux Normandy Street Market

One of my favorite reasons to go to a street market is because people bring their dogs shopping with them. And then there’s the occasional friendly cat, too. Bayeux Normandy Street Market

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Bayeux Normandy Street Market

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We happened on to this street market when we were wandering here. It offered the fresh food you expect, and an adorable pup played hide and seek under a tablecloth.  AmsterdamAmsterdamAmsterdamAmsterdamAmsterdamAmsterdamIn some ways, this market gave a distinct feeling of Amsterdam. AmsterdamAmsterdamAmsterdam

This market was set up in the courtyard of an old church, so you felt a part of history. Amsterdam

The Marias, Paris

We found this street market when we got lost in the Marais district of Paris on a quiet Sunday morning. Marais

Thinking the deserted lanes we walked on were probably not leading us to the heart of the district, we turned around, went a few blocks, saw lots of trucks, and knew something was happening. So we entered the market from the back, but that’s not a problem. We did seem to be the only (lost) tourists here, which is how I love to explore a place. Marais street marketMarais street marketMarais street marketMarais street marketMarais street marketMarais street marketMarais Paris

Versailles, France

People often go to Versailles to see the palace, but the town is worth spending time in, too. Versailles

And Versailles is renowned for its street market. We just happened to be there on the day of the market. The shops around the market square are open for business, too, so you can put together quite a picnic. Choose ingredients one by one or order a sandwich from the bakery. Add fresh blackberries and a bag of Normandy caramels. Plenty of wine choices are available in the market on the corner. Versailles street marketVersailles street marketVersailles street marketVersailles street marketVersailles street marketVersailles street marketVersailles street marketVersailles street marketVersailles street market

In Bayeux we found a bakery across the street from the market. We picked up a loaf of just-baked bread, carried our cheese (Camembert is my favorite), added a bottle of wine and dessert. We enjoyed one of the best lunches that day. Street markets can be delightful! Bayeux Normandy

Bayeux NormandyHow about you? Have you found a favorite local market in your travels? Or where you live? Bayeux Normandy

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38 Comments

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William Kendall March 17, 2019 at 9:42 am

Very busy markets! It’s the critters that really catch my eye.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin March 17, 2019 at 2:54 pm

I love street markets, especially when traveling!

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Junieper2/Jesh Stg March 17, 2019 at 11:03 pm

Already thought those blue-white houses looked familiar (smile). What, you buy a scarf or 20 or is that a typo? My favorite kind of market is the antique market – all my second hand copper items I bought there, so much cheaper:) and fabric to sew as well.
Every boy and girl of my generation know who “Pietje Bell” is – always in trouble:):) The right book made me smile – on the cover it says “throwing dolls” (don’t know this author).
Very entertaining post for All Seasons, Sharon – have a lovely week!

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KB March 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm

Adorable dogs

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Heidrun March 19, 2019 at 10:15 am

Colorful captures with little stories in each picture.

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Su-sieee! Mac March 19, 2019 at 12:19 pm

I love visiting street markets in other towns, whether the town next over or in another country. It gives me a sense of being part of the community I’m visiting. As always, Sharon, your photos are inspiring and have me wanting to wander. 🙂

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup March 19, 2019 at 1:51 pm

What an amazing market! I’m drooling here!
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/03/hellebore-or-lenten-rose.html

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M. Machado March 20, 2019 at 2:43 am

Street markets; the simplicity of life in its diversity and fullness, without artifice.
Thanks for sharing.

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Mandy March 20, 2019 at 5:27 am

What a beautiful street market! All of those foods look so delicious!

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Katherine March 20, 2019 at 6:46 am

European street markets are the best! I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent at them (mostly in Malta). It’s such a great snapshot of local life!

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Kelly Anne Rothaermel March 20, 2019 at 8:12 am

Gorgeous! I hope to go there in the summer of 2020. We will be spending the summer in Germany and we plan on driving to Normandy.

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My Corner of the World March 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm

Local markers are always full of goodies and surprises! Your photos are so colorful, too. And, thanks for linking up over at My Corner of the World!

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Anne@Headfullofbooks March 20, 2019 at 6:48 pm

Love all the colors of the food and items for sale. Thank you for sharing.

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Lisa | Handmade in Israel March 21, 2019 at 12:19 am

I love a good street market! I really like how some of the produce is displayed in the ones you have visited. And those eclairs – yum!
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dorothyadele March 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm

There is something special about street markets in France. As you said, you can grab some cheese, wine, a fresh loaf of bread, and dessert, and you have an easy meal. #WanderfulWednesday

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Shona Grant March 22, 2019 at 1:05 am

Your photos are brilliant, Sharon! I love a street market anywhere in the world and I always try to make it part of a visit to any city. We are fortunate to have one for 6 months of the year just outside our apartment building. I get very excited when the season starts. LOL.

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Phil and Garth March 22, 2019 at 2:01 am

Great post Sharon, we love street markets too and as you say a great way to experience local culture that’s really why we seek them out. We loved the street market in the Vesterbro neighbourhood of Copenhagen, I wanted to buy some gorgeous lights but they were too big to bring home! I think our favourite market was the food market in Hanoi, it was so exotic and full of fruits and spices we’ve never seen in the UK

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Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays March 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm

My weakness is at a market is a straw basket, those and fresh ripe fruit! #FarawayFiles

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Emese March 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm

I love street markets! They remind me of my grandma and great-grandma; they only shopped in street markets for fruits and veggies, and I used to love going along; we knew all the vendors by name; knew who had the best of each of type produce. You are right, browsing (or shopping at) a street market it is the best way to feel a local. Love your photos! 🙂

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California Globetrotter March 24, 2019 at 1:32 am

We rarely come across street markets but whenever we do we usually peruse them! My favorite market will always be one in Barcelona because it was the most coloful and beautifully displayed market I’d ever been to! #FeetDoTravel

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Sarah March 24, 2019 at 3:07 am

Ooh I love this post! And it’s got me really excited with spring, and some upcoming travels next week to London! I already have plans to visit about a dozen street markets there!

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Jill March 25, 2019 at 3:48 am

I’ve been traveling for a long time and I’m not sure street markets were a “thing” or I originally sought them out but I do know that I enjoy them now. I’ve even visited tiny street markets in small towns in the Carolinas when I’m traveling locally. I have to say that the street market in Bayeaux looks fantastic. Oh, who am I kidding? They all look fantastic!

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Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) March 25, 2019 at 5:33 am

I love street markets, especially those in France. There are some fabulous street markets in Provence. Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles

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hilary March 25, 2019 at 6:09 am

Gorgeous pics! We also love to visit the local markets when traveling. It’s always fun to see what items are familiar, and which are not. a great place to sample some local treats as well! #farawayfiles

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Eileen Wise March 25, 2019 at 10:50 am

Hello, this street market looks wonderful. I love seeing the fresh veggies, desserts and fruits. The flowers are beautiful. Enjoy your day! Have a happy new week!

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Lady Fi March 25, 2019 at 11:19 am

Wonderful shots! You have been to a lot of street markets.

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Sandra March 25, 2019 at 10:32 pm

I love street markets, they are always so much fun! Beautiful pictures 🙂
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Photo Cache March 26, 2019 at 10:29 am

So many yummies and a friendly feline too. Great coverage.

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Rhonda Albom March 26, 2019 at 1:25 pm

I do love the street markets in Europe. The French markets are always so colourful with their fruit and veg (and macaroons in every colour imaginable). I find the markets in Morocco fascinating with all the local crafts.

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Anna March 27, 2019 at 4:43 am

I love street markets, it´s the best way to see the life of locals and try some authentic foods! I try to visit as often as I can, here in Spain! For some reason, I particularly remember my visits to markets in Istanbul: everything was vibrant with colors!

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Vicky (Spud on the Run) March 28, 2019 at 3:29 am

Oh I LOVE a good street market and you’ve described them wonderfully. There’s no much to taste, smell and see! It’s also a great way to see local life in action! #feetdotravel

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Val March 30, 2019 at 4:08 pm

Yes yes yes! Markets are one of my favourite parts of travelling! Sometimes even the reason for travelling hehe! You can learn a lot especially if you visit 100% local markets and not the touristy ones! Amazing photos by the way 🙂

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Linda (LD Holland) March 31, 2019 at 6:58 am

We do love to visit street markets when we travel. So this was a great list to collect. We love to be able to pick up fresh food for a picnic. A great way to save some money on food when we travel. Love to see what is in season when we visit. We do love the fresh flower displays but often don’t buy when we are not at home. I certainly was hungry after going through your post.

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bhavya April 1, 2019 at 1:39 am

colourful pictures and cute cats!!! my favourite thing while traveling is visiting the local markets. Cant co-relate more with this post. Lovely one!

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Kalyan April 1, 2019 at 6:23 am

I loved reading your thoughts. I never miss a chance of visiting street markets wherever I go.

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JC POSEIDON April 1, 2019 at 8:42 pm

I love going to local markets especially in other cities or countries. I love getting fresh ingredients or trying something homemade by a local.

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Katy Stern April 6, 2019 at 12:09 pm

I absolutely love to visit street markets!!! I love the hustle and bustle and the vibrant colours, beautiful flowers and amazing smells! Thanks for linking up to Monday Escapes 🙂

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Stephanie (1AdventureTraveler) April 12, 2019 at 9:42 am

Street Markets are so fantastic. You have found some great street markets with lovely fresh fruit, veggies, and flowers. My favorite thing to do when I’m in France is to find some good cheese, fruit, and bread for a picnic. I would love to be in Europe for winter and visit some street markets then. Thanks for sharing.

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