Stand-out shopping: 8 of the best flea markets in the UK

Ideal for bagging the best local produce, buying one-of-a-kind gifts, and supporting independent retailers, nothing beats a local market.

In this blog, we’ve shared our must-visit list of the UK’s best flea and street markets. From mouth-watering street food to extraordinary antiques and exquisite handmade jewellery, the whole family can find enjoyment at these standout shopping spots.

Bury Market, Greater Manchester

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Held every day except Sunday, Bury Market has been a firm favourite of UK shoppers for over 500 years and was even named Britain’s favourite market in 2022. And it’s no surprise why – the award-winning open-air marketplace comprises a market hall with additional traders spilling into the outdoor space.

Visitors can peruse over 300 stalls at the open market on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, discovering a quality selection of local traders in the Fish and Meat Hall. Whether you’re just having a nosy or searching for something in particular, this impressive venue never disappoints.

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Borough Market, London

One of the oldest and largest food markets in London, Borough Market is a total foodie haven. Not only does this stunning marketplace highlight delicious food and drink from all over the globe, but it also connects buyers to quality producers – each boasting memorable backstories.

Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth, craving a savoury snack, or are eager to try something more adventurous, you’ll find something to satisfy your hunger. And when you’ve had your fill of grub, you can enjoy browsing the non-food stalls, which showcase everything from handcrafted ceramics to stunning flower displays and high-end skincare.

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Tynemouth Market, North Shields

Dubbed the North’s most vibrant marketplace, Tynemouth Market is a real delight. Situated within Tynemouth’s former station, this spectacular Victorian building has been restored to provide an Instagram-worthy location for eager visitors. Boasting an impressive variety of shops, you can expect to find two platforms bursting with over 150 stalls. From vintage clothes to handmade jewellery, children’s toys and one-off gifts, you’re sure to find a bargain. And when it’s time to take a break, there’s no need to look any further than the market itself.

Take a browse around the station to find all kinds of glorious street food including drool-worthy pizzas, impressive burgers, and aromatic curries. There’s no wonder foodies and shoppers alike travel far and wide to visit this Northern gem!

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Covent Garden, London

Home to three of the UK’s most-famed markets, including Apple Market, East Colonnade Market, and Jubilee Market, Covent Garden is a shopper’s paradise. For those with a penchant for handmade jewellery, unique crafts and one-of-a-kind paintings, it’s best to head down to Apple Market from Tuesday to Sunday.

Monday brings an array of antiques and collectables to the inside venue. East Colonnade Market offers handmade soaps, jewellery designers and irresistible sweet treats, while Jubilee holds various markets throughout the week.

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Camden Market, London

A trip to the capital certainly demands a detour to Camden Market. This tourist hotspot welcomes over 100,000 visitors every weekend. But don’t worry, with over 1,000 shops, stalls, bars, and cafes next to the Regent’s Canal, there’s more than enough space to get in on the action. Looking for a keepsake of your trip to London? Browse independent retailers, support creatives and scope out up-and-coming clothing brands.

Fancy a bite to eat? Relish Camden Market’s impressive array of street food and wash it all down with tea, coffee, or something a little stronger. Visitors can even enjoy a game of mini golf, head to the fair at Babylon Park, or enjoy a boogie in the Coyote Ugly Saloon.

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Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds

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Considered one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, Leeds Kirkgate Market celebrates the best of Yorkshire traders. Expect to find fresh food, drinks, and plenty of independent stores. From fashion brands to handmade jewellery and quirky homeware, you’ll certainly need more than a few hours to browse.

And with speciality markets held throughout the year, an Asian Bazaar every Wednesday morning, and a farmer’s market twice a month, there’s every reason to make more than one visit!

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Cardiff Indoor Flea Market, Cardiff

For those who love to stumble upon delightful second-hand pieces, Cardiff Indoor Flea Market is the place to be. Held in a large warehouse space, you can find everything from fine China to delicate jewellery, classic vinyl and antique furniture.

With over 70 stalls spread across 3 halls, it’s easy to spend the entire day browsing. And when you need to refuel, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Room is a cosy spot to put your feet up, offering delicious cakes, hot drinks and sandwiches. Without a doubt, this is a fun-filled day out for the whole family to enjoy – you can even take your pup!

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The Barras Market, Glasgow

On the hunt for a bargain? You’d better head to the East End of Glasgow to the Barras Market. Named after the Glaswegian slang word for “barrow”, the market was once a place where traders would sell their goods from handcarts. Now, the handcarts have been replaced with hundreds of stalls spread across street markets and indoor markets, with shops and pubs close by.

Whether on the hunt for one-of-a-kind antiques, looking for vintage clothes, or simply having a browse, you won’t be disappointed by this Scottish treasure trove. The market often welcomes brilliant buskers too, taking the atmosphere to a whole new level!

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