Rummage for Inspiration at the World's Best Flea Markets
Holidays aren’t just a chance to relax, they also pose the perfect opportunity to find inspiration from cultures around the world. Research from Booking.com has found that 33% of New Zealand travellers are particularly inspired by the interior design they’re exposed to when travelling.
In view of helping you find the best décor inspo, we’ve put together the top destinations for amazing flea markets around the world. Whether you’re looking to spend-up large, find unique curios or simply get some ideas, you’re bound to go home with something exciting!
One of the oldest and more popular flea markets in Marrakech is Bab El Khemis. This enormous market is loved by the locals and has miles of stalls selling everything from carpets and artwork to furniture and souvenirs. Marrakech has an expanse of historical buildings to garner inspiration from. Be sure to visit the medina, a medieval city with bustling souks, the 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque and the extravagant Bahia Palace.
Stay in the heart of Marrakech at the 18th-century Riad Kniza. Here you can take inspiration from the intricate Moroccan decor, featuring ornate carved wooden furniture and an open fireplace.
The Mercato Delle Pulci flea market occurs on the last Sunday of each month. This is a hotspot for travellers who are hunting for antiques and collectibles. Selling everything from pottery and tapestry, to furniture and souvenirs – it’s impossible to leave empty handed. Make sure to also make time for the 9th-century palace and museum Palazzo dei Normanni, the opera house Teatro Massimo and the royal tombs.
Nestled in the historical centre of Palermo is the Porta di Castro, a beautifully restored townhouse dating back to the 1500s. You’re bound to feel inspired by the room’s gorgeous original stone walls and archways.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The bustling Jing Jai flea market is a metropolis of handicrafts, second hand furniture and antique goods. It’s also a short walk from the explosion of colour that is the floral Kham Thiang Market, making it perfect for picking up inspiration for your garden too.
Located just 200 yards from the popular Chang Puak markets, is the Green Tiger Vegetarian House. The traditionally decorated property is surrounded by lush greenery and has a reputation for serving some of the best Thai food in town – what more could you ask for?
Leeds, United Kingdom
Leeds Kirkgate is a huge indoor market attracting over 100,000 visitors each week and was voted as Britain’s favourite market in 2017. The market sells anything from hardware and haberdashery, to fashion and furniture. With over 800 stalls to meander past, you are sure to take away a bargain and a heap of inspiration. During your stay in Leeds, be sure to also stop by much loved sites such as the cathedral and The Royal Armouries Museum.
The Art Hostel is the perfect stay for travellers on a budget looking for a no frills, yet modern accommodation. This minimalist hostel offers clean, sharp décor, serving as inspiration for those looking to bring some edginess to their home.
Münchner Flohmarkt auf der Theresienwiese is the largest and most famous of flea markets in Munich. This renowned market takes place on the first Saturday of spring and only happens once a year. Selling a huge variety of goods, across 2,000 stalls, you are sure to discover a home bargain. Other must-visit sites include the 19th-century, hilltop fairy-tale castle, Neuschwanstein and the opulent Linderhof Palace.
Ideally located close to the Theresienwiese underground station are the charming The SPOT apartments. These stylish and modern suites feature black and white décor, floor-to-ceiling windows and a stylish fully-equipped kitchen.