Yimpas shopping centre: For food, drinks, clothes and more
In the south part of town between all the white marble buildings is also a huge shopping centre, called yimpas. If you have a car this is the best place to go for doing your huge shopping.
We went here to buy food for our stay in the desert and in the nighttrain. And we bougth many bottles of mineral water. Besides fresh vegetables, fruits, bread, cheese, meat, you can find almost all brands of packed food, cookies and sweets.
For the train it is advisable to have a cup, because in the train you can get hot water day and night to make your tea, coffee, soup, hot noodles or what ever. You can buy in yimpas this cup, but there are also all kind of other household utensiles, drugstore articles, clothes, shoes, electronic stuff, batteries. At the entrance I saw even a popcorn chart and an icecream stall.
Carpet Bazar: Carpets
The Turkmens are warm and friendly and are very proud of their nomadic culture and their ancient ceremonies. The world knows Turkmenistan for its magnificent carpets,
there is a market very near to the center of the city where you can bargain and choose good examples .
Be careful because some of the carpets are not allowed to take out of the country.
What to buy: carpets
What to pay: depends of m2 and quality
Yimpas: Made in Turkmenistan
The shop includes Turkish and Turkmen clothes.
What to buy: Clothing made in Turkmenistan, especially cotton products. Although they are not of high quality, you can still find some very nice and cheap items. You will also find a wide range of jeans of very good quality at the cost of 150,000 Manats (~ $ 6).
What to pay: I bought around 50 items in $65.
Inside the Hotel: Turkmen Souvenir
You can find Turkmen souvenirs in every hotel where you can buy small crafts, carpets, photo albums, books, etc.
What to pay: The bad thing is that there are no souvenir shops outside hotels. Therefore, the items are slightly expensive.
Books and other government/regime paraphenalia
One bookshop is located just east from the war memorial, on the other side of the street. Walk east from the Arch of Neutrality to reach the war memorial.
Other shops are close to the Russian bazaar including a Ministry of Culture shop
What to buy: Calendars with the Turkmen names for the months; Turkmenbashi's books; golden statues of Turkmenbashi (available in the ministry of culture shop).
What to pay: English editions of Ruhnama, Turkmenbashi's book, are $2 changed at black market rates. Small calendars are less than $1. Giant Turkmenbashi posters are $1. Golden busts of the man himself (Turkmenbashi) start at $30.
All prices seem to be fixed and are in Manat.