So Much Stuff
Collected by Kristin Rust , AFAR Local Expert
I'm constantly amazed by the sheer volume of stuff throughout the world. It's most mystifying at markets anywhere - who's making all of it, who's buying all of it, what's happening to all the stuff that's not bought? So much stuff! I find that I like to take photos of clusters of stuff.
76 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
On a street that looks a lot like one in the French Quarter of New Orleans sits one of the best markets on the planet. The Pan African Market is three stories of small shops filled with collectibles from all over Africa. My favorite section was on...
El-Madina El-Monawwara, Gazirat Al Awameyah, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
The hookah, or a shisha in Egypt, is something you see all over Western Africa and the Middle East. They can be intimidating with the hoses and pipes, but it's actually quite harmless. If you try one at a hookah bar or buy one to take home to your...
Sidi Bouloukat Djemaa el fna 53 Sidi Bouloukate، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
No matter what time of the day, sitting in a cafe on the edge of Jamaa el Fna, the central square in the old city of Marrakesh, is entertaining and inspirational. In the early morning its quieter, and dominated by orange juice vendors and people...
Dongcheng, Beijing, China
The supermarket can be a hidden gem for souvenirs and an insight into local kitchens. In Beijing I stepped into a large Carrefour, located two stories underground, where I browsed through walls of instant noodle bowls, bags of seaweed, endless...
Slip Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
The Maasai Market is an excellent spot to get all kinds of handmade crafts, jewelry, beads, woodwork, and art in the middle of Nairobi. My favorite items were the stacks of fabrics with Maasai prints, plaids, and Barack Obama screens. At this...
Luang Prabang, Laos
Chances are, if you're headed to Luany Prabang, the night market is probably on your list. If not, be sure to check out the local handicrafts and artisans that set up shop in the afternoon and go well into the night. For the best pictures, go...
Avenue Ben Mohamed El Alaoui, N° 1 Takharbicht، Laayoune Rcif، Fes 30200, Morocco
Probably one of my favorite souvenirs from Morocco are the mini tagines I bought from a friend's shop and a pottery factory we visited in Fes, where these mini tagines were also available in what I've been told are the city's emblematic blue and...
105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan 2(i)ga-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Near the center of Seoul at the top of Namsan Mountain sits a tower, the North Seoul Tower (CJ Tower, officialy). From the top of the mountain, and the tower, the panoramic views of Seoul are vast and impressive. A trip up the mountain is well...
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Every woman should be able to try on a sari. Delicate, bedazzled, jewel-toned sheets of fabric draped over your body, that make every shape look regal. When in India, small shops with towers of fabrics line the walls, inviting you in. The floor is...
7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal, QC H2S 3S3, Canada
Montréal's Marché Jean-Talon has been around since the 1930s—it's one of the largest and oldest farmers' markets still operating in North America. In the city's "Petite Italie" neighborhood, it's the best place on the island to get fresh produce...
1-1 Hamarikyūteien, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0046, Japan
If you're lucky, you'll get to Japan when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. I was kinda lucky to be there at the tail end. Some trees were still hanging on to spring and just beautiful. Others were seeing their final days and falling...
61040 Mondavio, Province of Pesaro and Urbino, Italy
In Italy I saw pink beans at the farmer's market in my family's tiny town of San Michele al Fume near Mondavio. Nothing fancy about these markets, just townspeople buying food at non-fancy stalls, to cook for dinner. They are everywhere, in every...
1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Taking just the 'right' wrong turn on a visit to Pike Place Market can land you in Post Alley, where spearmint, wild cherry, and tropical punch bubble gum drizzles down the window panes and grape, peppermint, and lemon ice gum-cicles form from...
Pub Street Area , Mondol 1 Village, 284 2 Thnou St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Everywhere I go, I check out the market. The Old Market in Siem Reap is not to be missed. Situated along the Siem Reap River at the south side of the Old French Quarter near Pub Street, the Old Market (locally known as Phsar Chas) is a covered,...
HaCarmel St 11, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
On every trip I love to get the freshest spices and teas to take home with me. Always busy but an absolute "must do" even if you are not a foodie. In this mostly open air market, there is an abundance of local foods, drinks and crafts for...
80067 Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy
Olive oil is the life blood of Italy as if it flows through the rivers and roads throughout the entire country. If you get the chance, stop by an olive oil factory and see how it's done. During pressing season each fall, barrels filled with...
Via Santa Felicita, 9, 37121 Verona VR, Italy
I was a little hesitant of seeing Juliet's supposed balcony in Verona, but not going would be silly. And once I went, it was actually quite quaint and sweet. However, you enter through a short tunnel that is covered in gum. GUM and graffiti. It's...
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