Souq Waqif in Doha

7 April 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© Diego Delso/cc-by-sa-3.0

Souq Waqif (“the standing market”) is a marketplace (souq) in Doha, in the state of Qatar. The souq is noted for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It is also home to dozens of restaurants and Shisha lounges. Although it dates back at least a hundred years, it was renovated in 2006 to conserve its traditional Qatari architectural style. The area is very popular with locals and immigrants alike as it offers multiple dining options in the same location. It is located in the district of Al Souq which is situated in the center of Doha. As it was a market used for trading activities, the area used to be located immediately adjoining the shore to allow for boats to access it. Although still facing the water, the direct link to the water front for boats is now divided by a major road and the recently completed park.   read more…

Borough Market in London

1 March 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, London

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© flickr.com – Jeremy Keith/cc-by-2.0

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail market hall in Southwark, London, England. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, with a market on the site dating back to at least the 12th century. The present buildings were built in the 1850s, and today the market mainly sells speciality foods to the general public. Borough Market is located on Southwark Street and Borough High Street just south of Southwark Cathedral on the southern end of London Bridge. The retail market operates Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.   read more…

Hunts Point Cooperative Market in New York

1 November 2019 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, New York City

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© flickr.com – Doc Searls/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Hunts Point Cooperative Market, a 24/7 wholesale food market located on 60 acres (24 ha) in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City, is the largest food distribution center of its kind in the world. Its revenues exceed $2 billion annually.   read more…

Grand Bazaar in Tehran

26 September 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© Antoine Taveneaux/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Grand Bazaar (Persian: Bāzār e Bozorg) is an old historical market in Tehran, the capital of Iran. Located at the Arg Square in Southern Tehran, it is split into several corridors over 10 km in length, each specializing in different types of goods, and has several entrances, with the main being the entrance of Sabze Meydan. In addition to shops, the Grand Bazaar of Tehran has contained banks, mosques and guest houses. The bazar has access to Tehran Metro through Khayyam Metro Station. While the current bazaar is most associated with the 19th century onwards, its roots go back much further. The area around Tehran has been settled since at least 6,000 BCE, and while bazaar-like construction in Iran as a whole has been dated as far back as 4,000 BCE, Tehran’s bazaar is not this old. It is hard to say exactly when the “bazaar” first appeared, but in the centuries following the introduction of Islam, travellers reported the growth of commerce in the area now occupied by the current bazaar. The Grand bazaar is a continuation of this legacy. Research indicates that a portion of today’s bazaar predated the growth of the village of Tehran under the Safavids‘ dynasty, although it was during and after this period that the bazaar began to grow gradually. Western travellers indicated that by 1660 CE and beyond, the bazaar area was still largely open, and only partially covered.   read more…

Theme Week Istanbul – Grand Bazaar

6 July 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Union for the Mediterranean

Entrance gate © Derzsi Elekes Andor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Entrance gate © Derzsi Elekes Andor/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning “Covered Market”; also Büyük Çarşı, meaning “Grand Market” in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. In 2014, it was listed No.1 among world’s most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors. the Grand Bazar at Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world. The Grand Bazaar is located inside the walled city. It stretches roughly from west to east between the mosques of Beyazit and of Nuruosmaniye. The Bazaar can easily be reached from Sultanahmet and Sirkeci by trams (Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı stop).   read more…

Wholesale Market Munich, the third biggest wholesale market in Europe

7 February 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© Dominik Hundhammer/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Großmarkthalle München (Wholesale Market Munich) is an international wholesale market located in the Munich borough of Sendling. In an area of 310,000 m², 270 importing companies and wholesalers offer 140 different product classes from 83 countries with a sales volume of more than 750 million Euro. Additionally there are 65 horticultural producers, 45 florists and 15 wholesalers of miscellaneous lines. The market’s geographical sales area is virtually “boundless“: day after day it supplies a region with approximately 5 million people and delivers goods to almost every European country.   read more…

Fulton Fish Market in New York

7 January 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City

New Fulton Fish Market © Doc Searls / ArnoldReinhold/cc-by-sa-3.0

New Fulton Fish Market © Doc Searls / ArnoldReinhold/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Fulton Fish Market is a fish market in The Bronx in New York City. It was originally a wing of the Fulton Market, established in 1822 to sell a variety of foodstuffs and produce. In November 2005, the Fish Market relocated to a new facility in Hunts Point in the Bronx, from its historic location near the Brooklyn Bridge along the East River waterfront at and above Fulton Street in Lower Manhattan. The Fulton Fish Market was one of New York’s earliest open-air fish markets. From a New York newspaper dated 1831:   read more…

Tsukiji fish market, the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world

1 October 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© Ovc/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Tsukiji Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, and was a major attraction for foreign visitors. Currently however, access is no longer permitted to the inner market, and the outer market is open to visitors only after 9:00 AM. While this regulating was in place for quite some time, recently it is enforced. There are two distinct sections of the market as a whole. The “inner market” (jōnai-shijō) is the licensed wholesale market, where the auctions and most of the processing of the fish take place, and where licensed wholesale dealers (approximately 900 of them) operate small stalls. The “outer market” (jōgai-shijō) is a mixture of wholesale and retail shops that sell Japanese kitchen tools, restaurant supplies, groceries, and seafood, and many restaurants, especially sushi restaurants. Most of the shops in the outer market close by the early afternoon, and in the inner market even earlier.   read more…

The Rungis International Market

25 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France

© flickr.com - Nick Saltmarsh

© flickr.com - Nick Saltmarsh

The Marché International de Rungis (or Rungis International Market) is the principal market of Paris, located in the commune of Rungis, in the southern suburbs. It is the largest wholesale food market in the world.   read more…

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