12 Legendary World Food Markets to Eat Your Way Through


10. Cai Rang Floating Market -Mekong Delta, Vietnam

There are markets, and then there are floating markets. Cai Rang Floating Market in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is an extraordinary experience and a way of witnessing one of Vietnam’s most interesting and timeless cultural traditions. When visiting Saigon, don’t miss exploring this phenomenal market and all it has to offer. Set your alarm for dawn–the market is most impressive when it gears up around 5am. There are plenty of tour boats leaving Saigon’s riverbanks between opening hours and 7am so hop on and get ready for an incredible sensory experience. A tour is a great way to see the market’s breadth. Vibrant, traditional boats hawk wares from produce to clothing most showcasing goods from an extended pole protruding from their boats. Market days finish up around midday–arrive early to get the best of wares on offer and enjoy the busy and entertaining scene that unfolds.

Cai Rang Floating Market, Vietnam

9. Castries Market -Castries, St. Lucia

The sounds and aromas coming from St. Lucia’s Castries Market are enough to lure anyone into the exhilarating market environment and spend a few hours wandering throughout it. The bright, orange roof is easy to spot, a mainstay since the market opened in the late 1900s. Set in the capital of St. Lucia, Castries has attracted millions of visitors. From tourists to locals, shopping for daily staples, clothing, souvenirs, and more. Be prepared to endure the noise–the sounds inside the market are blaring–but that’s all part of the experience. This is the place to find the exotic spices and herbs flavoring the island’s most enticing foods: cinnamon, mace, star anise, hot peppers, and more. Enjoy some incredible, locally made rotis, try seafood that’s straight out of the ocean, and stock up on favored condiments like hot pepper sauce. Catch the action from Monday through Saturday and get ready for the crowds–especially during weekends.

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