Tigerlilly Quinn: Clothes Shopping Round the World's Best Markets

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Clothes Shopping Round the World's Best Markets

Whenever we travel I always buy at least one piece of clothing or accessory to remind me of our stay. I always find they serve as the best souvenirs and wearing the item again fills me with lots of happy memories of our trip.
Whilst I've not travelled extensively the people at First Choice have so they are popping over to my blog today to share with you the best markets around the world! 

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Sure, you have your photos, the memories and the stubs from your boarding pass, but no one ever wants to come back from a holiday empty handed. Whether you prefer all inclusive holidays or weekend city breaks, you’ll want to bring home some sort of memento from your fun time abroad
From fridge magnets to key rings, there are numerous types of souvenir on offer, but some options are little bit more authentic than others.

Take clothing, for instance, which gives you a great insight into the inherent culture and tradition customs of a country, especially if the garment in question has been made nearby. But what are some of the world’s best markets for clothes shopping?

Goa, India
Every Wednesday, the beach town of Anjuna in North Goa hosts a busy and bustling flea market, which is frequented by both locals and tourists. A plethora of souvenirs are on offer, such as handmade handicrafts, speciality spices and some cheaper artificial jewellery. But with vivid colours and beautiful embellishment, it will be difficult to look beyond the sarongs and headscarves.
Bangkok, Thailand
The capital of Thailand is awash with markets. Head to Pratunam market and you’ll be able to unearth some more genuine garments. It’s easy to get lost in the market’s winding alleys, but this is all part of the fun.
Aswan, Egypt
Located on the banks of the magnificent Nile, the city of Aswan is home to the remarkable Abu Simbel temples. But in addition to this incredible attraction, you’ll also find 3 kilometres of souks all running in a straight line down the street. If you want to look like a local, pick up a gallibayas, the traditional long dress of Egypt.

Marrakech, Morocco
After watching the snake-charmers and listening to the folk singers in Jamaa el Fna square, visit the magical world of Marrakech’s souks. It’s a crazy, chaotic and captivating space, not to mention a truly unique experience, one where you can find some fantastic mementos. Remember to bargain and learn to say no, as some traders will stop at nothing to make a sale.
Sousse, Tunisia
Sousse’s country market takes places in its Medinia, the centre of the city featuring a labyrinth of streets filled with small shops and independent traders. This is a great place to haggle and barter in the hope of snapping up an authentic piece of clothing. Also be on the lookout for hand-painted ceramics, brass teapots, leather book covers and ancient coins.
Valencia, Spain
Situated on the attractive promenade along Valencia’s beach, the Paseo Marítimo market takes place every day and is where you should go to pick up a souvenir. It’s one of the city’s only markets to carry on into the evening, which means you can take advantage of Valencia’s shoreline during the day and then do some shopping when the sun goes down.
So, if any of these destinations are on your travelling to-do list, make sure you stop by their respective markets and purchase an authentic piece of clothing or two.
in collaboration with First Choice
images via First choice and DTSP

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