Tag - Markets

Tacos on a plate

Mexico City street food for beginners

UNESCO has designated only three traditional cuisines in the world as worthy of being called “cultural treasures”. France, Japan, and Mexico. All three are well deserved, but I think Mexican cuisine is probably the most surprising one on this short list (at least to my Japanese food tour guide, who happened to be French). Mexican food is unthinkably delicious...

Camden Lock Market

A first-timer’s guide to shopping at Camden Town markets

After you’ve done the basic London sites like the Tower, Eye, and so on, you’re probably looking for an activity a little more off-the-beaten-path. Kill two birds with one stone, and check out Camden Market (also known as Camden Lock) for sightseeing and souvenir shopping. Camden Market is the fourth most visited place in London, with a quarter million...

Bulgarian Troyan Pottery for sale outside Bachkovo Monastery

History of a craft: traditional Bulgarian Troyan Pottery

Bulgaria is a country full of surprises. I wasn’t expecting to find much of an art scene there, but I was pleasantly surprised, particularly by Bulgarian pottery. I was enchanted by the tradition Troyan pottery. Dazzling patterns in soothing colors dance across solid oven-ready ceramics. And it was extremely cheap to start your own collection once you left Sofia. I’m...

Wood Type Tray at The Old Printing Shop - Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road Market: a first-timer’s guide

Portobello Road is one of the most famous streets in London. Located in the Notting Hill neighborhood in the western part of London, this road hosts one of the largest street markets in the city, as well as a bevy of boutiques and specialty stores. The Portobello Road Market runs all week, but the biggest day for antiques, second-hand clothing, and specialty stands...

Shopping guide to the souks of Marrakech, Morocco (with map!)

The souks, or open air markets, of Marrakech are the largest in the country of Morocco, and one of the most fascinating places in the world to shop. Full of carpets, brass goods, antiques, spices, and leather, the souks are absolutely a must-add to any bucket list. Getting oriented The souks are organized by the items sold, and are each named for a specific product...