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List of Best Outdoor Markets in Abu Dhabi - Top Abu Dhabi Outdoor Thoroughfares

As one of the Middle East's top shopping hotspots, Abu Dhabi is home to its fair share of outdoor markets. Here are some of the best al fresco thoroughfares in the capital of the U.A.E.


Deerfields Farmers' Market

Tipped to be one of the best outdoor markets in Abu Dhabi for those with a love for fresh produce, the Deerfields Farmers' Market takes place outside the Deerfields Mall for the benefit of all shoppers. Most if not all of the fruits and vegetables available at the market are organically cultivated by a community of farmers who fall under the Abu Dhabi Agricultural and Food Safety Authority. Visitors can find the freshest ingredients for their culinary pursuits in this bustling marketplace.


Abu Dhabi Flea Market

Regarded as Abu Dhabi's most extensive second-hand goods sale, the Abu Dhabi Flea Market is one of a kind thoroughfare for those who love a good bargain and vintage fanatics. The market which is hosted outside the Central Plaza in Abu Dhabi's Al Reef Downtown area sees countless vendors from a plethora of destinations around the country gather in one locale to sell their pre-owned wares.


Abu Dhabi Carpet Souk

Those who wish to purchase a truly authentic and unique souvenir of their travels in Abu Dhabi should head to the Abu Dhabi Carpet Souk. As one of the most captivating markets in all of the city, the vibrant and exquisite handmade carpets available at this market hail from destinations as exotic as Afghanistan and Iran. Cushions and prayer mats, as well as other home ware items, are also found at this souk which is renowned for its extensive collection of beautifully made carpets.


Ripe Market

This market franchise which first made a name for itself in Dubai has now moved on to Abu Dhabi to serve organic food enthusiasts of this particular part of the United Arab Emirates. Taking place within the leafy confines of Umm Al Emarat Park, the fruits and vegetable varieties available at this marketplace is truly staggering. What's more, the Ripe Market is also a fantastic venue to pick up collectables, works of art, jewellery items, home decor and fashion accessories. Foodies heading to the market will find the Great Lawn area of this thoroughfare as an enclosure tailor-made for them with a host of culinary treats on offer. Visitors based at the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara or any similar 5 star hotels in Abu Dhabi will be within close range of the market.


Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Souk

Another classic Emirati farmer's market, the Al Mina Fruit and Vegetable Souk is also one of the most colourful local thoroughfares in the city. Tropical fruits, vegetables, dried fruits and other delights are the main draw for shoppers heading to this market.


Souk Al Zafarana

Souk Al Zafarana is both a conventional and contemporary market where one can purchase discounted clothing items and local crafts. The venue is also known for its henna, incense and coffee stalls.