Each tourist should not only explore all the attractions of Uzbekistan but also take time to shop. Or you will spend your time in vain in this wonderful country.
Fans of shopping should not go to the shopping centers along the usual routes, but to the markets – this is where you can feel the whole flavor of the East and buy souvenirs from local artisans.
There are shopping centers in Uzbekistan, but there are few unusual artisan goods there, only boutiques of famous stores.
It is in the bazaars that you can completely immerse yourself in the flavor and culture of Uzbekistan. The noise, the bustle, the many tourists and locals who sell unusual handmade items – all this here, in local bazaars and markets. You can and even need to bargain with sellers (and why do you think it’s so noisy here?). Some tourists deliberately roam the markets and enjoy the bidding process.
In markets and bazaars, it smells of spices and oriental spices, and from a variety of products, one’s eyes widen. Encourage buying offers to try goodies, fruits and vegetables before buying. Local residents grow vegetables and fruits on their own, so they are interested in the buyer being satisfied and making a second purchase.
Bazaars and markets have not changed since the time of the Great Silk Road: people trade in the open air and use tables, benches and stalls as counters. You should definitely try the local vegetables and fruits that are brought to markets from all over Uzbekistan. On the market you can buy: peanuts, almonds, pistachios, dried fruits, spices, tomatoes, cucumbers, apricots, pears, apples and much more.
Of course, you can get to large malls in Tashkent, but why? Shopping in shopping centers can be done in any country, but a walk through similar markets and bazaars will not work.
Here are a few shopping centers located in Tashkent:
- Mega Planet (works: from 10:00 to 23:00);
- Orzu City Center (works: from 10:00 to 22:00);
- Toshkent (works: from 09:00 to 21:00);
- Shopping center Farg’ona (works: from 08:00 to 00:00);
- Shopping center Parus (open from 10:00 to 23:00).
What to bring home
Tourists usually buy glossy figurines as souvenirs. They are sold at the bazaars of Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and other major cities of the country.
Tourists often buy art ceramics, carved caskets, woolen items, jewelry, carpets, and, of course, several bottles of strong Uzbek wine.
About the export of jewelry from the country
In Uzbekistan, there is a ban on the export of items older than 500 years, so if you do not want to be detained at the border, find out the real age of the item before buying from the seller.
It is also worth getting a certificate from the seller that the item is not antique, but is mass produced as a souvenir.
Shopping in Uzbekistan is an interesting activity that shows the real life of the people. Noisy markets and bazaars, unique handicrafts, interesting bargains with sellers – all this is here.
Such shopping is a great activity for any tourist: even if there is not much money, you can bargain for a good discount or go to a neighboring country to buy products even cheaper.