Once upon a time, these were the places where the bulk of shopping was done by locals. Rows and rows of kiosks would offer you anything they could get their hands on to sell and particularly in the post-1989 years these places positively thrived. The advent of the western style shopping mall and the huge out-of-town hypermarkets have turned these market places into little more than flea markets and the number of people using them has dropped dramatically. Still many people use them both out of habit and because prices tend to be cheaper so they can present an interesting look into what life used to be like. While products such as clothes and perfumes can now be bought in better quality elsewhere there are still bargains to be had and fruit and veg still tends to be fresher and cheaper here.