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5 great markets around the world

All kinds of goods are piled high in a Marrakech souk.

patricia harris for the boston globe

All kinds of goods are piled high in a Marrakech souk.

Haggling over the price is half the fun in these grand emporia.

1: EL RASTRO, MADRID

More than 1,000 vendors hawk everything from cheap pashminas to antique hardware along Ribera de Curtidores and its side streets. Open Sundays and public holidays.

2: SOUKS, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

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A maze through the northern half of the old city leads from Jemaa El Fna plaza past hundreds of sellers of spices, Berber jewelry, fine leather, and carpets worthy of 1001 Arabian Nights. Daily.

3: JADE MARKET, KOWLOON, HONG KONG

More than 400 stalls deliver the mother lode for aficionados of carved jade and other semiprecious stones. Junction of Kansu and Battery streets. Daily.

4: MERCADO DE ABASTOS, OAXACA, MEXICO

A hugely colorful open-air food market on most days, it swells on Saturdays when artisans from nearby villages bring their crafts for sale. Periférico, south of the main plaza.

5: ECSERI FLEA MARKET, BUDAPEST

This massive market hits its stride on weekends. Look for old Communist Party paraphernalia, art glass, costume jewelry, and amber. Take the Metro line 3 to Ecseri út, and from there take bus 54 to the market at XIX, Nagykörösi út 156. Open every morning.

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