Strolling through local markets and immersing myself in the day-to-day life of a destination is one of my favourite travel activities. I love examining the variety of produce, taking countless colourful photographs and soaking in the overwhelming sensory experience.
Five Virtual Market Tours
When I can’t get out to explore the world myself, I like to take a virtual trip with my favourite bloggers. The videos below are made by four fantastic Canadian couples and one American all-star. I guarantee these virtual market tours from the five corners of the globe will whet your appetite for international travel!
Europe: Christmas Market, Germany
Kristen and Siya of Hopscotch The Globe visit a seasonal Christmas market in Hamburg, Germany and sample tons of delicious food. While these markets may have become a bit touristy, I know lots of locals still take part in the Christmas cheer. I love that Kristen and Siya give detailed explanations about what they are trying and often highlight how the food was made or how it relates to German culture.
Oceania: Queen Victoria Market, Australia
Deb and Dave of The Planet D are completely silly and wonderful in this guided tour of Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia. They visit a wide array of stalls featuring food, drink, desserts and even condiments. I love that they speak to the vendors and learn a little bit about the people behind the food.
South America: Mercado Municipal, Brazil
Ayngelina (and Dave by proxy) of Bacon Is Magic visit São Paulo’s busy Mercado Municipal to explore both the retail and wholesale parts of the market. I like that the video is short and sweet with catchy music, but I would have loved some commentary on the food and drinks they sampled.
Asia: Warorot Market, Thailand
Mark from Migrationology visits Warorot Market in Chiang Mai – a well known market for both Thais and foreigners. I also visited Warorot when I was in Thailand and had an incredibly delicious meal for less than a dollar! I love his obvious enthusiasm for trying unique, regional foods and the fact that he includes prices in local currency.
North America: La Merced Market, Mexico
Nick and Dariece from Goats on the Road take a tour with Our Eat Mexico to visit Le Merced Market, a traditional public market in the historic part of Mexico City. This tour shows visitors around the labyrinth of a market and introduces them to the best regional dishes. I love that Nick & Dariece provide titles with the name of each dish along with their own reaction to the flavours and that they show the gritty food stalls in all their glory.
Without a doubt, visiting food markets is a highlight of travelling for me. Each market has such a different scene and is filled with unique items. All markets offer a tiny peek into the world beyond the tourist destinations and for that, I’ll love them forever!
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Have you been to any of these markets in person? Which one was your favourite virtual market tour?