Shopping in Tajikistan
Shopping : Shortages are the norm in Tajikistan; there is a bazaar and street market behind the Hotel Tajikistan where it is possible to buy food and sometimes handicrafts. Shokhmansur (also known as Zilyoni) Bazaar near Ploshchad Ayni also sells food. There is a souvenir shop on the corner of Prospekt Rudaki and ulitsa Ismail Somoni, under an art gallery which exhibits and sells the work of local artists. Shopping hours : Food shops open Mon-Sat 0900-1700.
Barakat market: Main grocery market in Dushanbe centre
The barakat market is a huge covered market with stalls lined sup selling farmers' produce and other food stuffs. The quality and cleanliness seemed fine from a visitors' point of view, and it was certainly for us a good place to stock up on vegetables, bread, fruits etc. before a long journey.
Outdoors are clothing and ready-made clothes stalls.
What to pay: The prices were fixed, but it is today's price for most produce, so there is room for negotiation.
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Go to the bazaars
There are a couple of good bazaars in Dushanbe. Not only can you get great bargains, but the local people will be some of the more friendly you'll ever meet. It was sometimes hard to escape without being given handfuls of fruit for free.
What to buy: Fruit, batteries, clothes....
What to pay: Very cheap.
Univermag (old TSUM)
This Tsum is more along the lines of what you'd expect of Tsum compared to the well stocked stores in the other main cities of Central Asia. There are no souvenirs available and when I visited no western toiletries etc.. Unless you're deperately in need of something, don't even bother looking in Dushanbe -- you're unlikely to find it!
Actually there is hardly anything for shopping. But one must purchase local handicratfs & carpets.
The most popular place for any kind of shopping is Tsum. It is situated in the center. You get almost everything you want.
Leather shoes, clothes are cheap in the open Bazaars.
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