As a young travelling artist with an urge to create and explore I found myself wandering through the markets of the world taking in the colours textures and scents, often buying flowers or collectables to take home and paint. These markets quickly became my muse for a lot of my artwork and designs. There is nothing more inspiring than an amazing market full of culture and colour! Over the years I have collected so many amazing things from these markets and I strongly recommend visiting any local market whilst on your travels!! I’ve put together my top tips for markets whilst traveling around the world!
Boquera Market Barcelona – Spain
When I was 22 I lived in Spain and my all time favorite thing to do was go to the Boquera market in the heart of Barcelona and buy my local produce and use them as subjects for my paintings. This amazing market is like a rainbow of food with some of the most amazing vibrant food I have ever experienced, truly a sensory overload for any fresh produce lover!
The Temple Street Night Market – Hong Kong
This one is a great to take the kids to. If you are visiting Hong Kong with your family this one is full of bargain gems (think Pokémon and Hello Kitty!). it’s also full of little knick-knacks for a fun souvenir. Open day and night it is a great place to visit to get a little bit of the Hong Kong culture.
Yau Ma Tei
The Flower Market – Hong Kong
A short walk from The Temple St market and you’ll end up in the middle of a flower enthusiast’s heaven! A seriously spectacular display of flowers. If your game enough you can walk up to the Fish and Bird markets as well (they are very close in proximity) the display of thousands of goldfish is mesmerising!
Flower Market Rd
Chelsea Antique Garage – New York
A collectors dream! Having collected things my whole life (mostly antique toys, figurines, stamps, tickets, furniture and jewelry) it’s safe to say I’d hit the jackpot with the Chelsea Flea Market. In the amazing city of New York this little gem is hiding away in a garage just near the flat iron building and is FULL of incredible collectable items anything from retro toy cars to home wares from the 60s. I have found a lot of treasures in this antique paradise.
39 W 25th St
Portobello Road Market – London
An oldly but a goody! One of the prettier markets, this one is a classic. If you are visiting London, Portobello Rd is a must! Picture a long windy road surrounded by pastel Victorian terraces and beautiful gardens with hundreds of market stalls selling anything from beautiful baked goods to retro antique toys. This market stole my heart years ago and I must say it is probably my favorite of them all!
So if your planning your future travels to any of these destinations make sure to visit these amazing markets!
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Have a great weekend.
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