Global Flea Finder
No matter where you go in the world, there's a local market waiting to wow you. Here are our top picks in 20 cities across the planet.
No Sunday in Athens is complete without a stroll through the narrow passageways of Monastiraki, where you can dig through piles of old coins and hand-painted icons—all with the Acropolis in view.
Where: At the intersection of the streets Odos Pandrosou and Odos Ifaistou
The doors open at 4:30 a.m. at the chaotic weekend version of this daily bazaar, with more than 3,000 stalls displaying jade jewelry, ceramic teapots, and Mao posters.
Where: Just off South Third Ring Road East, to the east of Longtan Park
Flohmarkt am Arkonaplatz
The stately canvas-and-wood stalls lining this square each Sunday house an assortment of melamine tableware, textiles with geometric patterns, and glazed mid-century stoneware.
Where: Arkonaplatz, between Wolliner Strasse and Ruppiner Strasse
Sablon Antiques Market
Prices don't skew cheap on the well-preserved lacework, crystal, and hotel silver in this quaint, orderly weekend market, but great quality is the payoff.
Where: Place du Grand Sablon (a.k.a. Grote Zavel), which is both a plaza and a stretch of cobblestoned road located between two streets Rue des Minimes (a.k.a. Rue Lebeau) and Rue de la Régence.
When: Saturdays and Sundays
San Telmo Market
Many of the embroidered textiles, estate jewelry, and chandeliers at this Sunday market in the city's tango district were brought over by the waves of Italians who immigrated to Argentina in the past 150 years.
Where: Plaza Dorrego, located along the stretch of Calle Defensa between Avenida Independencia and Avenida San Juan
BUSTEHRAD, CZECH REPUBLIC
An insiders' secret even among Europeans, this informal twice-monthly market—sellers often showcase goods in the trunks of their cars—is a standout source for Eastern European artifacts like perestroika-era memorabilia.
Where: Lidicka between Revolucni and 61; take the green metro line to Dejvicka and then the buses numbered 220010 or 220012 (15–20 minute ride)
When: Twice each month
Since the late 1300s, these dusty stone corridors have hosted an array of merchants with finely honed specialties: copperware, gold jewelry, and carpets, in particular. Now, new pieces mix in with antiques.
Where: Across from Al-Azhar mosque, bordered on the south by al-Azhar tareeq (street) and on the west by the Muski Market
Church Street Antiques Market
This daily (except Sundays) market sells a wealth of small items like porcelain jewelry boxes, old postcards, and sailing maps.
Where: On Church Street, running from Lansdowne Road to Wetton Road, in the City Centre
When: Daily, except Sundays
Bella Center Loppemarked
Surprisingly affordable mid-century modern furniture and decor from the likes of Aalto, Wegner, and Saarinen fills this convention center's halls every March and August.
Where: Center Boulevard 5
When: Every March and August
La Grande Braderie de Lille
Legend has it that this September event was once a forum in the Middle Ages for the servant class to sell objects cast off by their employers; today, residents crowd the streets from a Saturday afternoon until midnight Sunday to unload their own Breton crocheted linens and ceramic mustard pots.
Where: Citywide; parking and public transport info on the sponsoring website of this annual event
When: One weekend each September
Feira da Ladra
Known as the "Thieves' Market," it dates back to the 12th century, when stolen goods made up the bulk of the stock; today's (legit) merchandise, set out Tuesdays and Saturdays, includes old cameras, stamp collections, leather-bound books, and transistor radios.
Where: Campo de Santa Clara, a well known square in the Alfama district
When: Tuesdays and Saturdays
Portobello Road Market
The more than 1,000 dealers snaking up Notting Hill's main thoroughfare every Saturday are (unofficially) divided by theme: Upper end for furniture and household wares and the lower for clothing and jewelry.
Where: Between Golbourne Road and Chepstow Villas, on Portobello Road