Summer is around the corner on the Northern Hemisphere, even though Paris is reluctant to welcome it with 11ºC as I am writing this. Yes… what the heck! We hear everywhere that weather is getting crazier each year: either we’re not gonna get regular summer weather at all, or we’ll have the hottest in a century! Yes, we all love to make statements. In any case, warm weather (and sun!) are not the only reasons why I love summer. Yes, I am talking about dinners outdoors, long days by the ocean, well-deserved ice-creams and… yes, summer clothes (long bohemian dresses, denim shorts, ethnic sandals, Panama hats…). Well, not having to wear a coat every single day to cover up layers and layers of garments is just reason enough to be a summer-lover. But there’s another distinctive element of this time of the year that makes me wait impatiently for it: markets.
Yes, I gotcha! You love them too. I adore wandering around the stalls browsing at beautiful and unique clothes, accessories, homewear… anything that is guaranteed to have been made in love. Artisans and designers selling at the markets have put their soul and heart into what they are selling, and are there to share their story with us. Markets are the place to connect with creativity and spot unique treasures and up-and-coming designers. And let’s not forget the people’s vibe, the perfeclty-chosen music and the delicious (organic and/or housemade) food. Markets definetely make a summer day well spent.
And because dreaming doesn’t cost a cent and we’re citizens of the entire world, here is my markets’ wish list for this summer (and hey, the perfect excuse to do some travelling, right?):
#1 Bondi Markets (Sydney, Australia)
This is not technically a summer market, as it goes all year long. But, hey, the Bondi Markets on Sundays have been running for more than 20 years and are a staple of the Bondi life. Well-known Australian labels like Sass & Bide, Lover and Samantha Willis started selling there. The plan? Do an early walk from Bronte to Bondi Beaches, a browse at the Bondi Markets, brunch at a nerby café and a dip in the ocean. Oh, yes!
When & Where: Every Sunday, 10am – 4pm @ Bondi Beach Public School (Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, NSW)
#2 White Summer (Pals, Spain)
I know this is probably a spot not as popular as Sydney, but it is situated close to one of the most beautiful coasts in Spain, the Costa Brava. Ok, ok, my opinion might be a bit biased, as I’ve been going there since I can’t even remember. But believe me, the White Summer has just upgraded summer holidays in Costa Brava to a dream destination. This market celebrates this year its 6th edition and has become a reference of bohemian markets in the region (and I dare to say, in Spain). And it’s not just a conventional market, as it includes a packed cultural agenda with dance and music performances and a gastronomic nirvana with foodtrucks featuring innumerable choices like smoothies, Mexican food, sushi or the most delicious woodfired pizza you’ll ever have eaten.
When & Where: July 30 – August 20 (2016) @ Masia Mas Gelabert (Pals, Girona)
#3 The Finders Keepers (various locations, Australia)
The Finders Keepers market has been running for 6 years and is now held in 4 Australian cities: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. Well, more than a market, the founders refer to it as a festival, including deign, art, food and live music. But you know what’s the best thing? In their own words, the mission of The Finders Keppers is to connect, inspire and empower the creative community, support small and local business and, eventually, support conscious consumerism. This is what I call a market with heart.
When & Where: Brisbane (July 2 – 3), Melbourne (July 22 – 24), Adelaide (August 12 – 14) *Keep updated for upcoming dates for Sydney, and exact venues, on their site
#4 Echo Park Craft Fair (Los Angeles, USA)
The Echo Park Craft Fair started 7 years ago being held in a very special location: the backyard of one of its founders. Even though now it has grown to a larger venue in eastside Los Angeles, it still keeps the garden California bohemian vibe. We’ll find jewellery, clothing, weaving, ceramics flowers and, of course, green organic juices – totally LA style. The only requisite for the more than 70 artisans and designers that show there bi-anually is to have made their products with integrity. The best part? One of my favourite US brands, Ace & Jig, shows there (check it out, you’ll love it!).
When & Where: *Keep updated for upcoming dates on their site @ Mark Sennet Studios (1215 Bates Avenue, LA, California)
#5 Punta Arabí Hippy Market (Eivissa, Spain)
If Eivissa is one of the staples of the hippy community, the Punta Arabí Market is their place to be. No joking, this market has been running since 1973. It started with literally 5 stalls, and nowadays it includes more than 500 that sell crafts, fashion, jewellery, natural cosmetics and other items brought to Eivissa from every corner of the world. Apart from shopping or browsing, we can also check out the live performances from talented international musicians. And, well, we’re in Eivissa, the white island and a jewel for hidden beautiful small bays, what else could we ask for? #behappybehippy
When & Where: Every Wednesday, from April to Augsut, 10am – 18h/29h/20h @ Club Punta Arabí (Es Canar, Eivissa)
Have you been in any of these markets? I’d love to know about your other suggestions!