Built with shanty scaffolding in Anjuna, this seasonal market still functions in much the same way today.

There’s junk jewellery, bohemian clothes, spices, trance music, tobacco and odd bits and bobs. Arpora Saturday Night Market, Goa More a tourist destination than a market for locals, this is a hub for food, drink, dance and music.

Almost as soon as you enter, the old-world charm of Umrao Jaan and Pakeezah surrounds you. Small shops sell Chikankari on fabrics like muslin, silk, chiffon and organza, as well as handbags, curtains and bedsheets.

The Lucknow Chikan Emporium at Akbari Gate and Pragati Chikan Kendra are old favourites. The century-old shop makes its galauti kebabs with 160 spices.

With distinct sections for meat and fish, household items, fruits, vegetables and spices, it is a great place to shop for things when you know exactly what you want.

Frequented by locals, it is also a site for tourists to buy cashew nuts, port wine (outside the main market area) and other souvenirs. Chowk Market, Lucknow The vibe: The market begins at the majestic Rumi Darwaza, built in 1784.

They narrate stories—Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar brings up visions of all the gorgeous furniture that was sold and bought there in the flux of Partition.

They gain reputations—for offering great street food, or the best pavement shopping experience, or for being the coolest night bazaar.

While Ima Keithel lost some of its earlier bazaar magic following a relocation (to massive, white-painted buildings nearby), it still dominates the shopping experience in Imphal.

Which is just as well, since Ima Keithel has been at the forefront of the struggle for women’s socio-economic empowerment in Manipur.

But don’t pass over a visit to Swati Snacks at the end of the lane.