If traveling through different countries of the world is the best way to learn the culture and life of the people, it’s exactly the visiting bazaars will allow you to feel deeply the whole coloring of this country. The moment you enter bazaar, you immediately get drawn to all this turmoil and hurly-burly, you hear everywhere the hue-and-cry. It’s buyers bargaining with vendors in order to reduce prices. And the thing is even not in reducing the price, but in the process of bargain. Andthisissofascinating!
The whole bazaar is permeated with flavors of different oriental spices, smells of fruits and vegetables; eyes get dazzled of the variety of products offered on counters. Every vendor will attentively propose you to taste his/her product before you wish to buy it, and he/she knows exactly, that after that you will for sure not refuse to buy, because, frankly speaking, in oriental dehqon (farmers’) bazaar there is practically no bad product. Because every dehqon (farmer) regards cultivation of his/her fruits and vegetables with love, and understands that buying single kg once you will have to return to him/her again and again. Visiting bazaar, you do not just get satisfaction from shopping, but also unforgettable experience from communication with indigenous population of the country.
Uzbekistan is situated on the crossroads of the routes of the Great Silk Road and the culture and traditions of people living here includes synthesis of all cultures of peoples of Central Asia and countries of the Great Silk Road. This land is rich in traditions and customs, specific to peoples living here for many centuries.
Bazaar is the business entity which lives and is managed on its own rules. Thismakestradeactivitymoreefficient. It includes public order, different agreements, equivalencies, money, measures and weights, guarantees, and etc.
Bazaar has always plaid fundamental role in town’s economy, and had to guarantee supply to citizens primarily with food and raw materials. Bazaars of Uzbekistan are the reflection of ancient traditions and rituals of local people. They reflect complex, dynamic process, where along with the goods, people, knowledge, values, ideas and tastes circulated.
Except supply of foods, bazaars have also other functions, which introduce us to traditions of people. Bazaars are highly socialized places, synthesis of certain cultural codes which help keep the memory of the sites. Even at our modern times, none of the forms of trade have lost their acuteness. On the contrary, they’ve been kept, from the most primitive rituals of sell-buy to the most modern ones.
In some places, people are still trading under open sky, on the counters, or use improvised selling places, kinds of tables or wooden benches, construct covered counters or stands in the open air.
Like in the past, on the local bazaars, you can find variety of fruits and vegetables: melons, water-melons, peaches, cherries, pears, apples, apricots, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, rice, peanuts, almonds, pistachios, as well as wide selection of spices and dry fruits, which are delivered from different provinces of Uzbekistan and other regions of Asia.
Bazaars of Tashkent
In Tashkent, there are several large bazaars and a lot of small ones in outskirts. HereyoucouldmeetmorecloselyAsianenvironment. Especially in summer, it’s a pleasure to visit bazaars with all their colors and marvelous scents of spices. Sometimes they can be noisy and overcrowded. There you could buy everything: fruits, vegetables, meat, as well as beer, soft drinks, liquor, clothing, shoes, carpets and etc.. You could visit them regularly to know what they sell and find what you look for. You could barga into discount little bit. Check your neighborhood and you will find at least one mini bazaar.
Shopping in the stores of works of art and craftsmanship of Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Art Salon in Poytaht Hotel
Art Gallery – Hamar Centre
Art Gallery Khamza, Karavan Restaurant and Cafeteria
Association of Craftsmen – Khunarmand in Abulqosim Shoshiy Madrasah near Oliy Majlis (Parliament)
Store inside Museum of Applied Arts
Souvenir Store in Grand Mir Hotel
Souvenir Store InterContinental-Tashkent Hotel
Souvenir Store Oriental Joy in Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent Hotel
Souvenir Store in Tashkent Palace Hotel
Souvenir Store in Óçáåêèñòàí Hotel
Toshkent Univermagi (Tashkent Department Store, former TzUM)
Arts and Crafts shops in Tashkent Uzbekistan shopping. Places to buy souvenirs in Tashkent
Art Salon of Poytaht Hotel
Hamar centre - Art gallery
Hamza Art Gallery, Caravan Cafe and Restaurant
Hunarmand Crafts Association at Abdulqosim Shoshiy Medrese
Shop at Applied Arts Museum
Souvenir Shop of Grand Mir Hotel
Souvenir Shop of InterContinental Hotel
Souvenir Shop "Oriental Joy" in Dedeman Silk Road Tashkent Hotel
Souvenir Shop of Tashkent Palace Hotel
Souvenir Shop of Uzbekistan Hotel
Toshkent Univermagi (Former TSUM)
Supermarkets in Tashkent
International dialing code for Tashkent: (+998 71)