Market Day in Mallorca

Mallorca isn’t all drunk Brits staggering down a row of clubs, chugging down Jägerbombs and squatting in the gutter. If sticky floors and thumping bass lines aren’t your thing, get your cultural fix by spending a day exploring Mallorca’s markets.

Consell Flea Market

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Sunday may not be an obvious day to get up early and head out, but if you’re a fan of a bargain (and can bring yourself to sacrifice a few hours of sunbathing), Consell is not to be missed.

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The market vast and sprawling, with stalls lining both sides of roads which branch off in different directions. And you can find anything there.

No, really, you can.

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Bars behind Bars: Paris’ Secret Watering Holes

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Unlike London and New York, Paris has been a bit slow to catch on to the hidden bar concept. Slowly but surely, however, a few of these speakeasy-esque, prohibition-inspired drinking spots have sprung up around the French city. On my short trip to Paris, I managed to visit three very different bars – so different, in fact, that the only thing they have in common is how tricky they are to find. And the alcohol, of course.

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Vintage Shopping in Paris

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The best thing about vintage shopping in Paris? Parisians have not yet discovered a real appetite for second-hand clothes so, unlike in the UK (and especially East London, which is wallet kryptonite), everything is dirt cheap. Most shops have €1 bins piled high with items which are all a steal at (yup) €1.

The best vintage shops are in the Marais (super handy as the multitude of incredible parfumeries in the area act as an antidote to the old clothes smell. Be warned though; if you’re anything like me – aka extremely susceptible to the scent of lavender and the glint of antique glass bottles – give your purse to a friend for safekeeping, because you will want to give those people EVERYTHING.)

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