A flea market is a bazaar of the unexpected, a place where one can find used goods, cheap items, collectibles, antiques and about anything. Even if you’re not looking to buy, there’s something fascinating about visiting flea markets abroad. Maybe it’s the window into local lives that makes it so unique. They’re also great spots to pick up gifts and trinkets to remind you of your trip, and in Europe, flea markets are just plain awesome. Every major city has one recurrent flea market, if not permanent. Embark on a unique journey to the heart of time and treasure hunt among antiquities and unique pieces!
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El Rastro, Madrid
El Rastro flea market is one of the oldest markets in Europe, as it’s been fascinating visitors and tourists for hundreds of years. It is held every Sunday morning (until 3 or 4pm) and every public holiday just south of La Latina metro station. Whether it’s summer or winter, there is a special charm to this place, as you walk down the bustling aisles while enjoying the vibrant, spontaneous atmosphere.
Camden markets, London
The English capital is home to several popular markets, and Camden is probably one of the most famous of all (and one of the biggest, too!). Impeccable second-hand branded clothes, shoes, music, posters and about any collectible or rarity you can imagine are found here. This market is so impressive that many people make it the focus of their trip: there’s no reason you shouldn’t do the same if you stay in London or visit during a long weekend.
Jeu de Balle Market, Brussels
This Brussels flea and antique market, also known as Old Market, is open all year round and sells a wide range of items in the heart of the Marolles district. You’ll find everything from antiques to collectables, all in a typically welcoming Belgium atmosphere. Established in 1854, it is a great place for book lovers and old vinyl record hunters. The best days to visit the market are Thursdays and Fridays, but on Saturdays and Sundays, you might discover some more specific or rare items that are usually available only on the weekends.
Most flea markets are places full of everything, from junk to some rare pieces, so be patient. If you want to find real gems, dig in -don’t just scratch the surface. When you find your treasure, don’t hesitate to bargain for a good price.
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