World's Coolest Bazaars
Kate Glicksberg/Brooklyn Flea
Brooklyn Flea, New York City
The Brooklyn Flea catapulted the bazaar into the 21st century when it opened in 2008. The concept? Creating a curated market of the up-and-coming artisan food purveyors, vintage sellers, jewelry designers, furniture makers, and artists in New York. Over its five years in operation, it has helped jump-start the careers of many local creative types. So if you want to get the inside track on the next big things, peruse the vendors that gather each Saturday and Sunday in either the Fort Greene or Williamsburg neighborhoods in Brooklyn. (The Flea also hosts an all-food market, Smorgasburg, each Saturday with picklers and popsicle makers, bakers and meat curers.)
Best Buy: Whimsical cable-knit ceramics by Alyssa Ettinger or dreamy Coney Island prints by She Hit Pause Studios. Open weekends.