By The Virtual Tourist

1. MARCHE AUX FLEURS, PLACE LOUIS -- LEPINE, ILE DE LA CITE, PARIS, FRANCE

This flower market has been in bloom since 1808. Although the oldest in Paris, its selection is always the freshest. Every Sunday, a Marche aux Oiseaux, bird market, adds music to the colorful mise-en-scene.

2. MERCADO DE LAS FLORES, PLAZOLETA DEL CARMEN, CUENCA, ECUADOR

The year-round springtime climate of Cuenca makes it perfect for an early morning at the market. After buying a bouquet of tropical flowers, enjoy an empanada and relax as you inhale the floral perfume wafting through the cobblestone square.

3. AALSMEER FLOWER MARKET, AALSMEER, NETHERLANDS

More than 20 million flowers are purchased in Dutch auction-style every day at Aalsmeer. Make sure to bring your camera since visitors cannot purchase flowers at the wholesale market. At least the photographs will not wilt!

4. PAK KHLONG TALAT, BANGKOK, THAILAND

Open 24 hours a day there is no wrong time to visit the market. For a few baht you can buy a sweet smelling chain of "love flowers" or spend a bit more and the possibilities are endless.

5. PHOOL MANDI, CONNAUGHT PLACE, NEW DELHI, INDIA

Offering exotic real flowers and plastic and paper imitations, Phool Mandi is the largest flower market in Asia. Between October and February, Hindu marriage season, the market tends to be particularly busy. Whenever you visit, get there before sunrise for the best selection.

6. CAMPO DEI FIORI, ROME, ITALY

This vivid market truly lives up to its name, which means "field of flowers" and hearkens back to the Middle Ages when the piazza was actually a field. Nothing is better than enjoying the piazza's gorgeous architecture, an authentic Italian espresso and the beautiful blossoms on display.

7. SYDNEY FLOWER MARKET AT FLEMINGTON, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

This market teems with unique choices, but Kangaroo Paw seems too cliche not to mention. With 172 different sellers, you will certainly be able to find what you need.

8. CAOJIADU FLOWER MARKET, SHANGHAI, CHINA

Unique in its organization, this three-story market sells fresh flowers and potted plants on its first floor, and gardening tools and faux flowers on its second and third. Prices start high, so bargain to get the best price.

9. HIGHLAND FLOWER MARKET, CHICHICASTENANGO, GUATEMALA

Vendors from all over Guatemala come to this incredibly colorful market to sell flowers, produce and other traditional goods. Bring your camera, as the photo ops are endless. Market days are Thursdays and Sundays.

10. COURS SALEYA FLOWER MARKET, COTE D'AZURE, NICE, FRANCE

It is difficult to imagine anything capable of enhancing Nice's beauty, but its famous Flower Market does just that. A croissant and a bouquet certainly make for a lovely morning.

 

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