Three of a kind


Paradise - - Contents -


Visit buzzing, open-air Kokopo mar­ket in East New Bri­tain – one of the largest mar­kets in the coun­try – to pe­ruse row upon row of stalls set up both out on the grass and un­der open-sided shel­ters. You’ll find ev­ery­thing from veg­eta­bles, fruit (don’t miss the de­li­cious young co­conuts), live crabs and smoked fish wrapped in ba­nana leaves, to hand­made ci­gars, be­tel nut and its ac­com­pa­ni­ments (mus­tard stick and pow­dered lime), as well as hand­i­crafts like hand­wo­ven grass mats with colour­ful fin­ish­ings.


Re­turn­ing from a trip to Pa­pua New Guinea with­out a bilum is like re­turn­ing from Paris with­out a beret. You’ll usu­ally find sellers armed with dozens of these colour­ful string bags, hand­made with a tech­nique sim­i­lar to cro­chet­ing, to­wards the front of the mar­ket. The hard­est part will be choos­ing just one from the rain­bow of colours and pat­terns.


In the cen­tre of Bali’s laid-back art cap­i­tal, op­po­site the Ubud Palace, Ubud mar­ket found fame af­ter be­ing fea­tured in the Hol­ly­wood film Eat, Pray, Love. With a maze of stalls sell­ing ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese carv­ings, rat­tan bags, paint­ings, sculp­tures, silk scarves and trin­kets galore, this is where to head for your Bali sou­venir shop – es­pe­cially be­cause most items are lo­cally pro­duced.


Be pre­pared to bar­gain, be­cause hag­gling is ex­pected at this mar­ket. Some say to halve the ven­dor’s first price and go from there, oth­ers to sim­ply de­cide what the piece is worth to you and try to get the ven­dor to agree. Ei­ther way, try to make it a price that’s fair for you both.


Be­ing Aus­tralia’s big­gest arts and crafts mar­ket, this bi­weekly mar­ket re­ally is an un­miss­able fea­ture of any trip to Aus­tralia’s Sun­shine Coast, and well worth the 90-minute drive from Bris­bane. With the tagline ‘make it, bake it, sew it, grow it’, the mar­ket of­fers an im­pres­sive ar­ray of wares from 600 lo­cal ven­dors. You’ll find home­grown and home­made food, as well as clothes, art, skin­care prod­ucts, home­wares and much more.

SOME­THING SPE­CIAL This mar­ket is re­ally more like a fes­ti­val, with the mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment be­ing per­haps even more en­joy­able than the shop­ping. Two stages play host to live bands, which you can en­joy, cold-brew cof­fee in hand, as you groove on the grass.


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