The Best European Markets for Bargain Hunters...

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One of my favourite things about travelling and visiting different countries is experiencing the different cultures and ways of living. Even just trying the local cuisines is something I love to do when I go somewhere new. Through experience, one of the best ways to learn about a place is to visit the markets as it is often a place to try new foods and buy some of the local goods. Over the years I have discovered some of the best places to visit if you want to try and sample the local way of life.

Most places offer their own variations on Christmas markets when November time rolls around, and often you will find some sort of festive market close to where you stay. Nevertheless, Edinburgh's markets are great and take place in Princes Gardens, right in the heart of the capital. With everything from food to candles, crafts and clothes, you are bound to find something you can treat yourself too. It is also one of the biggest markets I have visited and it takes hours to get round it all... great if you are going for the day/night!

Another great place to visit is London and with often many markets available for people to wander around, you are bound to find something that's right for you. Because London is so big, their are many markets in different areas, indoors and outdoors and they all offer something different. Because London is so busy, the markets I have been too are often on the smaller side, but will still fill an hour or 2 of your day so are still worth checking out, especially for the food as many of the London markets are very food orientated and offer cuisines from all over the world.

If you are looking to travel... you can't really go wrong with a good Spanish market, and most Spanish areas will do their own markets regularly as it is often a way for the locals to purchase goods, as well as visitors and tourists. One of my favourite markets is actually the locals Benidorm market. Although it might not appeal to everyone, the Benidorm weekend market has always been one of my favourites. It has a lot of unique and quirky accessories as well as plenty of Spanish foods, fruit and vegetables. Another huge market, it can take a lot of time to get round, however I have came away with some great little gadgets and accessories from the Benidorm market.

I think of all time, one of my favourite places for a good local market has to be Amsterdam. It has been a few years since I visited Amsterdam, nevertheless the markets that Amsterdam have to offer still have to be my favourites. Not only do the offer a good range of items and local produce, but the atmosphere is so friendly and welcoming... often the sellers will offer some great banter to make your experience even more special. Again, Amsterdam do offer more than one market, however my favourite has to be the one just off from the main square. It is the biggest, has the best range of items and has the best food.... trust me!

I am sure their are many more places that have great markets, however I often don't get to visit them because of work etc. If you know any places that offer a great market, then remember to leave them in the comments below.... hopefully I might get the chance to visit one day!

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  1. Wow. nice. this picture says that the europe is the place of love :)

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  3. I never traveled much in my life but really want to travel outside the country I am currently living in, to see the culture outside there. And yeah very nice article Nicole !!

    1. Thanks very much :) Fingers crossed you get to go travelling about one day!


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