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6 European street markets to stroll through

Jun 10, 2014 by Courtney Keller

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.

Campo de Fiori, Rome

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.

Albert Cuyp Market, Amsterdam

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.

Portobello Market, London

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.

Marché aux Fleurs, Paris

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!

Viktualienmarkt, Munich

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.

El Rastro, Madrid

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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About the author | Courtney Keller
A lover of travel since studying in France, Courtney strives to inspire others to get out and see the world. When she’s not writing, she’s trying new restaurants, reading, doing yoga, baking, walking her rescue pup, or planning her next trip.