As the temperatures rise and the days get longer, Europe’s outdoor markets come to life. Offering everything from fresh produce to antiques to clothing, these six markets are the perfect places to spend an afternoon wandering.
1. Campo de Fiori, Rome
Rome’s oldest open-air market dates back to medieval times and remains a popular meeting place today. Opening early every morning (except Sunday), the lively Campo de Fiori market is a prime spot for purchasing fresh produce, fish, meats, spices, and flowers in the heart of the city.
2. Albert Cuyp Market, Amsterdam
At the largest street market in the Netherlands, you can find a little bit of everything: flowers, fabric, jewelry, and plenty of food, like produce, pastries, cheeses, and more. Soak in the easygoing Dutch culture and score some bargains as you mosey past hundreds of stalls.
3. Portobello Market, London
This two-mile-long market stretches through West London’s quaint Notting Hill neighborhood. On Saturday afternoons, locals and visitors alike can be found exploring stands full of antiques, food and fashion items.
4. Marché aux Fleurs, Paris
Located just steps from Notre Dame Cathedral, Marché aux Fleurs is a must-visit for any flower lover. Enjoy the vibrant colors and sweet scents as you walk through this market, partially covered by pavilions from the 1900s. On Sundays, it becomes a bird market, too!
5. Viktualienmarkt, Munich
The Viktualienmarkt began as a farmers’ market in the early 1800s. Since experiencing a revival after World War II, it has become a popular place to find a diverse variety of fresh foods, plants, and other items. One unique feature is the tall maypole in the center of the square, representing the trade and craft local to this area of Munich.
6. El Rastro, Madrid
Every Sunday afternoon, lively crowds fill this open-air flea market to search out everything from clothes to jewelry to antiques. Join the locals after the stalls close at 3pm by popping into one of the many bars lining the nearby streets for beer and some tapas.
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