Do you love shopping? It won’t be wrong to say that a maximum of you would surely be. What do you like to shop for then? Clothes, footwear, books, cosmetics, jewellery or what? So, basically, if you love shopping and usually, it is for the same thing, then you must be having some specific place to buy that. Yeah, a market. Let’s just leave all our native markets today and explore the 14 most bizarre markets around the Globe.
14 Most Bizarre Markets Around the Globe
Freitag Container Shop in itself is a work of great zeal. This is one of most unusual recycled kind of shopping complex. Located in Zurich, this Container shop is made up of 19 rusty containers. Achieving a height of 85ft above the ground, this bizarre shop is famous for its wide variety of recycled freeway bags. This recycled market being a home to over 1600 bags spread over its four floors, becomes the place having the largest selection of ‘Individual Recycled Freeway bags’. The raw material for these recycled bags is truck tarpaulins, bicycle inner tubes, seat belts, and airbags etc.
2. Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech (Morocco)
Djemaa el Fna or the assembly of the dead once had been the execution center for Christians and criminals. Nowadays, this place is a huge market, a cultural hub, and a performance area. Commonly known as ‘La Place’, this market though looks like an ordinary shopping area, but as the night approaches, this entire land transforms into an Arabian dream. The Moroccan mouthwatering dishes are available throughout the streets of this market. One can enjoy the evening adorned here with dance groups such as Aissaoua Sufis, the Gnaoua trance-healers, and Andalous musicians.
3. Witches’ Market in La Paz (Bolivia)
If you believe in spirits and their existence, this place is best suited for you. The Witch’s market situated within the lively market of La Paz is well known for its wide variety of bewitching ingredients. These enthralling ingredients are used to influence the spirits believed to exist in Aymara world. If you possess beliefs like you can bring good fortune to work with Feng-shui or burying dried fetuses near a new construction brings good luck to the business, then you must visit this market. Dried Llama(South American camelid) and frog fetuses are the most significant products provided at the Witches’ market.
4. Ka Firushi Bird market in Kabul (Afghanistan)
There is a place in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, surrounded by birds’ coo-hoo day and night. Afghan people had a special kind of love for birds for ages. They consider birds to be their favourite pets. Ka Firushi of the Hay Market is the best place for these bird lovers in Afghanistan. A person can find innumerable varieties of birds in this market. These birds are of different colours and varied sizes. Many of the shopkeepers selling birds in this market consider this business as their ancestral work. But for some of them, it’s just an early business for a source of living. Some people consider this bird selling the business as their hobby also. The good part of this market is that nobody goes back from the market empty-handed. The reason for this could be anything.
5. Khan Al-Khalili Market in Cairo (Egypt)
Khan Al-Khalili, nowadays known as just ‘khan’ is a Turkish market of Egypt. This market becomes unusual for its mesmerizing beauty. This is one of the most beautiful shopping complexes around the globe. This Khan market had once controlled the spice monopoly of Egypt. The discovery of America by Columbus also happened when the Europeans started finding new routes in search of spices. This market shelters everything from Turkish souvenirs, and toy camels to precious stones. An Egypt tour would be incomplete without visiting the ‘Khan ‘ Market.
6. Izmailovsky Market in Moscow (Russia)
Izmailovsky Market is entirely devoted to Matryoshki or nested dolls. Located in Moscow, this market is one of the best markets for Russian souvenirs. The wide variety of nesting dolls available in a variety of sizes and styles makes this market a unique place. These diverse nested dolls are stacked on the shelves of every second shop/stall in the Izmailovsky Market. Lacquer boxes, linens and genuine army belts and gas masks are some of the other products available in this market.
7. Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo (Japan)
Can you believe that there can be a place for the auction of fish? Yes, the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo is an auctioning centre for fish. This is the number one market in the world when it comes to shopping for fish. This market trades for around 2,000 tonnes of marine products every day. This market is actually divided into two parts. The one which is the outer market caters to the needs of the general public. The inner market becomes the house for the famous Tuna fish auction. Only 120 visitors can participate in this Tuna auction. This market also lays some standard rules which all visitors must have to follow for the smooth running of the business.
8. Tolkuchka Bazaar in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
The Tolkuchka bazaar is a one-stop shopping destination for everything. Right from camels to floor carpets, one can purchase almost everything from this market. This market is famous for its rich variety of carpets. This fact makes Tolkuchka, a largely visited place by people from all around the world. The wide variety of colourful and chaotic arrangements of traders and buyers makes this place a favourite spot for photography also.
9. Muara Kuin Floating Market in Muara Kuin (Indonesia)
A floating Market sounds interesting but unique. Muara Kuin floating market is existent from more than 400 years. People living above water in the Banjarmasin city of Thailand runs this unique trading. The people carry their floating trading business via boats known as Jukung. This market sets up after the Morning Prayer and ends up by 7 AM. People sell majorly fruits and vegetables coming from the merchant’s farms. This market still adheres to the Barter Transaction system. This barter transaction is a mode of trading where buyers buy products from sellers in place of different goods rather than money.
10. Gypsy Brides Market in Mogila (Bulgaria)
Can you believe that there exists a market where a boy can buy himself a bride? If can’t then do believe because Gypsy Brides market caters this purpose only. Mogila people organize the traditional Gypsy market on an annual basis. Here, young marriageable girls/women gather, dressed in their best clothes and fineries. These girls accumulate here in hope of finding a good looking suitable groom match for themselves. For buying these brides, the man has to pay a heavy amount of money. Located near Stara Zagora, this Gypsy market of Mogila trades these beautiful young women in several levs/euros.
11. Lomé Voodoo Market in Togo(West Africa)
If you believe in Voodoo, Lome Voodoo Market of Togo in West Africa will cater for you with all sorts of dark magic needs. This marketplace located in Togo of West Africa, sells everything related to Voodoo from elephant’s feet, the heads of leopards, the hands of Chimpanzees, the heart of horses to any other animal part you might not imagine.
12. Wesker & Son Popup Human Meat Market in London (England)
A temporary human meat market festival was held by Wesker & Son Popup market group. This festival was held at Smithfield Market in London, as a PR event before the release of the upcoming Resident Evil gaming installation(then). They invited people to sample and purchase these bizarre collections of edible human body parts. The body parts include human limbs, hands, feet and a human head. People had to buy them directly from the shop. So, the surprising part is that all the items on board were actually made from beef and pork and were made to just imitate human body parts.
13. Chichicastenango Market, Chichicastenango in Guatemala (Central America)
Chichicastenango market near Guatemala city, at a height of 1,965 meters, is certainly the most beautiful and colourful native market in North and Central America. This market is a place for handicraft products and operates on certain discipline patterns. Every vendor in the market has to take their traditional site in the market which depends upon the trade and nature of the product they are selling. The Hawkers are different from each other in their attire, mother tongue etc.
14. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai (Thailand)
Chiang Mai night bazaar is a shopping paradise for all the shopaholics. This market covers an area of around 1 km. In the daytime, the Chaing Mai looks like an ordinary street full of shops and hotels. This street includes Starbucks and Burger King like franchises also. However as the sun sets, the scenario would turn into a different zone. You will see the hawkers lining their metal stalls across the roads. This place has something for everyone ranging from a variety of designer goods(real & fake) to clothing and electronic items.