At the end of the Qissa Khawani Bazaar, the street takes a sharp turn left into the bazaar of the Coppersmiths. The smiths are proud and skilled men, several of them have achieved international acclaim. One of the most popular ones is Ali, who calls himself 'Poor Honest Ali'. He sells both antique and modern pieces and purchases have been reliably forwarded from here to customers all over the world. His superb work has been presented to several heads of states including Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
The shops here sell a range of new and old wares. Finely worked plates and samovars, teapots and vases glitter in narrow recessed stalls while the craftsmen sit cross-legged on comfortable cushions showing off their finest pieces of work.
What to buy: Traditionally made copper plates & glasses are good buy here...It will play an important role in your house decoratings as well.
What to pay: Most of the stuff is very cheap..But dont forget to bargain for it!
Immediately after the Brass & Copper Shops down a side steet you can watch the potters at work from early in the morning to the evening.The wide range of ornamental and utilitarian pottery is glazed in earth colors. The potters make china and earthenware goods to order and the forwarding services are quite reliable.
What to buy: Different range of styles &ormentales to buy...
What to pay: Very Very Cheap......
Running off Chowk Yadgar to the west is Andarshah Bazaar, a narrow street of gold and silversmiths. The street is lined with tall old buildings on both sides that cast the whole area in perpetual dusk.You can get tribal as well as modern jewelry, antique silver, old coins and an assortment of historic military memorabilia such as buttons, buckles, regimental badges, powder cases and bayonets.Jewelry can be made to order and quality is unreservedly guaranteed.
Antique and second hand silver items and semi-precious stones are much more interesting and also less risky buys for the casual shopper. While you rummage through the boxes of treasure, the shopkeeper offers you sweet green tea brewed in huge copper samovars.
What to buy: Lookout for the traditionlly made jewellery....The designes are eye-catching.
Meena Bazaar is situated in the narrow streets of the old city, near the eastern gate that once used to contain Peshawar. It bisects a street with countless bales of cotton and every kind of butcher you can imagine. It is possibly the most narrow of bazaars in the entire city, and you can expect to brush a few shoulders with men and women alike as it is usually jam-packed.
What to buy: Meena bazaar is by far the best place to shop for womens clothing (shalwar kameez, chador, banan) and inexpensive fabrics, cosmetics, and luggage. These are of the same quality as you can find in Saddar Bazaar, or on Arbab road in Town Towers and Jawad Towers only at a much more reasonable price.
It can be overwhelming as a tourist to walk and see every shop as most of them are bursting with colors and fabrics of all types. Meena bazaar only spans about 3 blocks, so have a walk down to the end before you come up and do your picking.
There is usually a spot for you to sit in each stall, although it may be a rickety wooden bench or a rusty metal bench teetering on the edge of a stair. What ever you do, make sure you feel the fabric with your hands and have a good look at it. If you want a quality fabric that will last without ripping, I recommend staying away from "Lawn" fabric... although it is by far the coolest, it is very common for them to rip even getting in and out of rickshaws.
What to pay: For pre-cut quality fabric for a woman's shalwar kameez you can expect to pay a few hundred rupees (300-600 Rs.). You will have to haggle the price down with a shopkeeper, but expect to pay a bit more if your chosen fabric is elaborately embroidered or with a great deal of sequins. The essence of shopping in Peshawar is haggling the price down. If you choose to buy a few suits from the same shop, the owner will probably give you a discount or sell each suit to you at a lower price.
If you choose to have it tailored to fit you, most tailors will only charge around 100 Rs. and your suit is usually ready in a day or two. Even fancy designs (known as Piko) sewn around the hems of suits only will cost 40 Rs. and looks amazing.
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