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Focus 12: Types of Markets


Markets are a common place, where goods are purchased and sold. Generally located centrally, markets need to be easily accessible by people and transport, thus soon becoming a hub of activity.

Different markets are set up for different needs: livestock, fresh vegetable and fruits, flowers, textiles and clothing and sundry items. Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Asian Wet markets, New Zealand Art and Craft Sunday markets and Jaipur’s camel market are some examples. The type of market depends also upon the geography, logistics, the area of land cultivated and the people living nearby.

Some markets are covered, others work on open streets. Some even exist on waterways! Some are work at fixed place, some are ‘on the go’ operated using trucks or buses.

Indoor Covered Markets

In most big cities, the local municipal authorities designate an area for selling fresh produce, flowers, meat and poultry etc. The care and maintenance, infrastructure facilities for loading /unloading bays, toilet and food facilities are taken care of by the governing body. They are well covered and thus operational for longer hours and all weather conditions. The Asian Wet Markets, Mercato in Spain, Chatucheck market in Bangkok and the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul are popular.

Courtesy: Internet /La Bouqueria, Barcelona


Covered fresh produce market in France

Street Markets

Street markets work an a fixed day and fixed street. They may be seasonal in the colder countries. Depending on the weather, street markets sell seasonal items like winter clothing, summer fruits, varieties of handmade breads, bakery products and baskets. Watch out for the general chaos, traffic, and debris on the street, especially in densely populated countries. http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/shop/where-to-shop/street-markets-and-shopping-streets

Floating Markets / Boat Markets

When a country or province is criss- crossed by canals and water ways, like in Venice, Bangkok, Srinagar or Kerala, much of the community and livelihood depends upon the use of these water ways. In Bangkok, the Ayyuthaya kings developed connecting the canals and improving life along the banks. On Dal lake, Srinagar, is India’s only floating market where the graceful boats are bedecked with the valleys flowers and fruits.



Flea Markets

Flea markets are a great place to buy second-hand stuff, cheap stuff and old goods. Probably they began as tourists disposing their collections. However, flea markets around the world exist in every nook and corner of a city and have regular business on a particular day of the week.

Singapore Flea market, tucked in a lane near Serangoon a quiet place. Items are placed on the street itself on cardboards or cloth. One can browse old antiques, junk maps for reuse, collectibles like pipes and screws and pens, variety of paper, tea pots, old clothes and hats.

In recent times, there are more than one Flea market catering to particular items. Check out, before you head to one.

Take a look at ‘what’s hot’ in the Flea market in Goa, India.


Livestock Markets

Don’t worry if you are not buying a camel, goat or sheep. Enjoy a trip to the nearest livestock market and wander among the large cages housing livestock. It can be a great place for children’s education too. Beware of the stench of animal fodder and poo!

My  visit to Al Ain ( U.A.E) camel market was a wonderful experience in Arabic culture and offered a closer look at wobbly legged camel babies. Beware! this is a dusty, noisy place with the distinct smell of camels and other livestock. This traditional souq, situated near Bawadi mall is very popular with the locals. Guides offer to take you around for a small fee of 10 -20 Dirhams, narrating camel stories.

Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s markets or direct grower’s markets are found in most countries from America, Europe, India to Sri Lanka, Australia and more. The aim is to cut off the middle men, creating opportunity for the grower /farmer to directly sell his produce on a weekly or daily basis. In India, Rythu bazaar is one such model.

As a tourist in the small town Picton, New Zealand I visited a Farmer’s market. What delight! Fresh baked breads, assorted cheese cuts, hand-made candles and soap  were the novelty, other than the usual pumpkins, avocado and fresh seasonal berries.

Fresh vegetable stall at market

Fresh vegetable stall at market

Online Markets

In keeping up with technology, welcome to the online bazaars or markets. They cater to an ever-growing demand, mostly from a younger and educated population. Maybe cheaper, easier service just using the finger tips! Gone by are the days of picking up a basket, taking a brisk walk down the street, meeting people on the way and experiencing the freshness and activity typically seen in markets.

Flower Market

A visit to a flower market is always a refreshing experience. There’s always hectic buying and selling, pruning and caring for flower bunches, a wide display of colours in every hue and the faint fragrance hanging in the air. It’s not just fresh cuts like tulips, chrysanthemum, lilies one can buy – bouquets, garlands, garden plants, seasonal bulbs planted in trays and other decorative garden items beckon the visitor.

I’ve visited the Ghazipur flower market, Delhi, Dadar flower market in Mumbai, flower markets in Europe and Amsterdam. Truly, one can just sit with a paint brush and paper, trying…only trying to match Nature. For a narrative on Delhi Flower market see here.


Pak Klong Talad is Bangkok’s biggest wholesale flower market. Its crowded, colourful, hectic and a rush on all the senses. People throng the market just after midnight, as truck loads arrive. Flower bunches need quick care and action for maintaining freshness till 3.00 to 4.00 am. Early morning is the most hectic time, when business is brisk.

What other kind of markets have you visited?  What was your experience?

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Cloth Market, Jalgaon


Jalgaon – Banana City, Cloth City or Gold City? Believe it or not. There is a big market for each of these, in this quaintly rural western district of Maharashtra.

Navigating our way through the busy main street junction at Mahatma Gandhi road in Jalgaon, my sister and myself, finally stood opposite the  crowded gate of the district’s famous cloth market. The Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Cloth Market, steeped in history, but lacking lustre.

Jalgaon cloth market entrance

Jalgaon cloth market entrance

Hanging electric cables overhead, run down paint peeling off the entrance wall, haphazard parked auto rickshaws and cart peddlers created a jigsaw blocked entry. Garbage and plastic bottles near the main entrance were a definite eye sore. In contrast, green, yellow, red bright lights that lit adjacent cloth stores enriched the drab ambience and lifted our curiosity. ‘It cant be THAT bad…let’s have a peek ‘ we muttered as we jostled the crowds that evening.

A crowded narrow entrance, Phule market, Jalgaon

A crowded narrow entrance, Phule market, Jalgaon

Jalgaon district in north-west Maharashtra, India,  is more popularly known for its banana (Kela)crop. It is the largest producer and exporter in India. Banana plantations are grown in abundance with help of drip irrigation and tissue culture. THIS market does not sell bananas, but one can find carts and squatting vendors selling this ‘king’ fruit on every street, all through the year!

Banana fruit and seller

Banana fruit and seller

Jalgaon is also a leading cotton-producing district.The volcanic soil, dry weather and mild winters are perfect for this crop. Cotton bales are then sent off all around the country, especially to Surat and Ahmedabad for the garment making industry. Some shops stocked a good variety of  fluffy cotton, stacked up in jute and cloth sacks. Mattress and pillow making are big business right here in the market, shops selling the loose cotton fluffs no less than 10 kilo.

Turning our heads left and right, keenly looking at the variety of embroidered dresses, kurti and lehnga sets, mannequins posing in regal attire were cramming for space as we made our way into the narrow streets leading inwards. Bright bulbs hanging loosely above on long electric cables lighting up makeshift stalls stood like beacons in darkness. Other regular shops were bursting with a variety of clothing and accessories. The market is open all 7 days of the week. Festivals and public holidays are the most busy time. Not an inch to walk as mostly women and children come here to do fancy festive or bridal shopping. they even come from neighbouring states or cities like Indore, Bhopal, Nasik, Nanded, Bhusawal, Surat and even Mumbai.

This cloth market is famous and has competitive prices.

Next we saw rows of colourful shawls, stoles, caps and socks, reminding us of the mild winter weather that had just begun.

Fancy bags, faux leather belts and handbags, beaded slippers, shops catering to needle craft lace, saree borders, beads, needles, buttons, knitting yarn, ribbons and headbands, school uniforms – all under one roof here. Women…, women shoppers everywhere!

Mannequins dressed in Indian dress

Mannequins dressed in Indian dress

Do we need to really buy something ? Just a souvenir dress material at the least? Well why not..as we women will say. Boldly, we emptied our pockets and bought few garments and dress materials, acknowledging the competitive pricing that made us feel satisfied.

It was time to head out of the surging crowds that seemed to increase as the night grew. Sighting a street cart selling the famous ‘banana crisps’ it was time to nibble and pacify the hungry stomach too.

Crisp, crunch, munch. Salty banana chips. A perfect end to the colourful  sights and sounds of a busy market.

Jalgaon – banana city and cotton city, yes we had a good insight of life here.

Banana crisps sold on street cart

Banana crisps sold on street cart

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