When you’re rushing out the door and reaching for a carryall, you’re likely grabbing the tote with the most space (to better carry those farmers’ market groceries or library books, of course). But the market bags worth shopping have so much more than just room to offer.
Whether in sturdy canvas or French Riviera raffia (or both), the top market bags add a touch of luxury to your daily essentials lineup now—and later. “The best part about market bags is that they get better with age,” BAZAAR fashion and accessories editor Jaclyn Alexandra Cohen muses. “There’s something so chic about a worn canvas bag or straw with patina.”
You may opt for Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche tote, or Prada’s colorful raffia bag, or a canvas carryall by Tory Burch. No matter your preference, Cohen advises you pay close attention to one feature more than the rest. “The secret is in the strap. I always look at length and material; something long enough to sit in a comfortable spot on my shoulder and also in leather or canvas for a smoother hold,” she says.
Features like hidden pockets and spill-resistant fabric will also keep your essentials tidy—and, of course, the best market totes have extra space for when you really want to shop. So ahead, find 20 market totes up to the task of carrying everything you need for everyday errands, summer vacations, and beyond.
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Large Morris Rafia Tote
Cohen just added this raffia tote to her bag collection and calls it her new favorite. With two handles to carry it multiple ways and a spacious East-West compartment, we can see why.
The Royal Touch
The Maxi Santorini
The same handbag brand behind Duchess Meghan and Duchess Kate’s favorite leather mini bags also makes excellent carryalls. The leather cage around this raffia market bag keeps its structure intact—and looks worthy of a royal tour appearance.
Large Cabana Totes
All the details on Paravel’s best-selling tote add up to a bag that will last you years, including a stain-repellent coating and multiple interior pockets. Add a monogram to make it extra personal, for yourself or as a gift.
Name to Know
Ecru Chouchou Tote
You know a Petit Kouraj bag by designer Nasrin Jean-Baptiste’s distinctive use of fringe, fishnet, and beachy embellishments. Every bag is handmade in Haiti, “not only because it held deep meaning to produce in my ancestral home, but I also knew it would have a real-life significance for the people,” Jean-Baptiste previously told BAZAAR.com. This seashell bag from the line belongs over your shoulder for every summer errand.
The Technicolor Tote
Anagram Basket Bag
Take your logomania with a jolt of color, plus two sets of leather handles to carry it every which way.
Woven Straw Market Tote
We said that straps are the most important feature, and this on-sale market bag includes some of the best. The woven rope straps have a reinforced leather grip at the top, to sit comfortably on your shoulder as you stroll through summer.
Best for Travel
Perry Canvas Oversized Tote
When you want your market bag to double as a carry-on, consider this style from Tory Burch. Inside, you’ll find organization pockets and enough space for packing a 15-inch laptop, in-flight snacks, and an extra clothing layer or three. The long strap also makes it comfortable to carry from point A to point B.
Raffia Tote Bag
Last summer, you couldn’t scroll through Instagram without seeing Prada’s colorful raffia bags slouching on beach chairs. The open-weave tote is back for more this year, with an updated silhouette and the same pop of color.
The Market Tote
because Nap Dress Summer isn’t complete without a coordinating market bag. This botanical tote arrived as part of Hill House Home’s biggest collection to date and has pockets on all four sides for keeping your beach, pool, or errand essentials tidy.
Rive Gauche Linen & Leather Tote
Here’s a sleek logo bag fashion insiders carry when they’re on the go. Snap closures on the sides let you expand or contract the tote to carry everything you need. There’s also a linen zip pocket inside for stowing keys, cards, and passports.
Little Liffner is our go-to brand for laptop and work totes, but its striped canvas market bag is perfect for off-duty outfits.
Best Oversized Bag
Small necessities like keys can get lost in the central compartments of a bigger tote, but Sézane’s blush raffia bag has two convenient outside pockets for stashing your necessities.
The Minimalist Tote
Woven Raffia Tote
Between the black crochet raffia and the wide-looped handles, this simple market tote will add a hint of texture (and plenty of storage space) to the most streamlined summer wardrobes.
Tried & True Favorite
Boat and Tote
Sturdy canvas and a classic design have made this little market bag an accessible favorite for decades. The reinforced handles and layered base make sure it can carry dozens of groceries, library books, or beach provisions. Reviewers (more than 2,900 of them) agree that this tote stands the test of time: “What’s not to love? The bags are sturdy, can hold a ton. There’s a reason they’ve been around forever!”
Name to Know
Ann Oversized Tote
Ree Projects came onto the global fashion scene in 2019, after an Amsterdam-only debut three years prior. Designer Desiree Kleinen focuses on distinctive shapes and luxe materials, even in her roomiest, most errand-appropriate bags like this one.
The Tassel Tote
Here’s a market bag with personality. The playful pom-poms set this bag apart from rows of plain totes—and the leather patch shares details about the artisan who put it together.
The Lightweight Tote
This spacious tote comes with me on every Trader Joe’s run. The top handle slides comfortably over my shoulders, while the roomy interior includes the most convenient key leash. It’s also washable—so if my groceries ever overflow, I can keep it clean.
The Ultimate Investment
Mcwan Raffia Tote
With a longer strap and non-collapsible Square sides, Gabriela Hearst’s handmade raffia market bag can carry your most precious everyday cargo—egg cartons, floral bouquets—but it’s just as suited for beach towels or picnicking supplies.
The Mixed-Material Bag
Market Tote Bag
Nanushka’s market tote has the same beachy look of a classic netted bag, with a convenient leather pouch for stowing cards, keys, and beauty minis.
The Long-Lasting Bag
Jet Setter Tote
Naghedi’s market bag features a lined interior compartment with a zip pocket to hold your wallet and keys. But the best detail? Its woven neoprene easily wipes clean, so it’ll stay pearly bright even if you set it down at the farmers’ market.
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