The Old Bazaar: Where everything is for sale
Previously divided by their respective craftsman association, the Old Bazaar is a labyrinth of small shops selling pretty much everything from shoes, music, household items to a farmers market with a colorful display of fruits and vegetables.
- Historical Travel
Bitola's central market: Nature in abundance
Altough Macedonia has two chains of supermarkets, still in Bitola, people shop for fruit & vegetables on the central Market.
Regardless which time of the year is.
The market sells sesonal fruit & veg, and the diet of the locals varies depends what they can find on the market & which time of year it is.
Market days in Bitola are Tuesday & Fridays.
When people from as far Resen, Prilep, lerin (Florina in Greece), Demir Hisar & Krushevo, come shopping in town.
The market days traditionaly are very important for the locals, it is not only shopping, but socilising as well...
What to buy: Fresh fruit & veg, from local villages, spices and many other things..
As the Old bazar is adjasent to the market, many pople shop there too.
Bitola is know for BUKOVSKA PIPER (name comes from the nearby village of Bukovo)wich is made fresh & sold specilay on market days.
Bukovska Piper is, ground spicy paprika (special varaety),dried, baked & coarsly ground.
Delicious, with stews and baked meats.
Gives the dish deep smoky,spicy flavour.
Also on the market can be found variety of fruits & vegs.
As Pelagonia plain is bread basket of Macedonia and apart of weath, frut & veg are grovn in abundance.
What to pay: Around €1 for big ripe grapes, €0.20 for 1kg of fresh tomatoes,same goes for 1kg of pepers.
€0.50 for 1kg of fresh peaches....
Indoor and outdoor markets: So many great shopping opportunities
Bitola is an excellent place for shopping, with so many outdoor and indoor markets as well as shops, you are really spoiled for choice. There are lots of shops selling local souvenirs and craftwork and for anybody with room in their luggage to bring home gifts, these offer lots of variety. I chose the Bazaar for shopping and bought various things I needed like fruit and food and then I spotted a scarf I just had to have. I love scarves and this one is multicoloured,very ethnic looking and the fabric has a crushed appearance that I really like. This scarf cost 400MKD which is around EUR6.50 and I would have paid around three times this price at home. In the Bezisten, I bought a notebook and some other things that I needed and outside on the street a Burek, for lunch
I also bought sunscreen, hand cream and body lotion in the chemist just before Magnolia Square. Final shopping call was the supermarket at Sirok Sokak: water, some small food items and a little splurge of luxury with a box of Turkish Delight.
Everything I bought was very cheap compared with prices in Ireland but the real joy in shoppiing here was trawling through the Bazaar and the other markets. I loved shopping in Bitola .
What to buy: Local produce and colourful fabric items.
What to pay: Much less then in northern Europe.
- Arts and Culture
Tobacco Together: My Sorta Shop #1
I never had the necessity to use this shop but It was good to see that it exists and with its Shirok Sokak location and bright frontage would have been easy to find had I required its services.
As the name subtly suggests this is one of the city's 24 hour convenience stores and as well as tobacco products also stocks other useful items such as snacky stuff and drinks, newspapers and magazines, mobile phone top-ups and even lottery tickets. Also onsite is a 24 hour Bankomat (ATM).
- Beer Tasting
- Budget Travel
Skovin Vinarnitsa (Wineshop): My Sorta Shop #2
Skovin is one of Macedonia's major wine producers whose vineyards are located around Skopje, at the top end of the Vardar Wine Region. I can't attest to the quality of the white or rose offerings but the reds I've tried, their Vranec and the Markov Monastir, certainly suited both my palate and my pocket (always a winning combo).
You'll find their wines stocked in many restaurants and supermarkets and they also have specialist wine shops in most Macedonian cities and larger towns.
Here in Bitola the shop is located towards the bottom end of the main street and is open weekeday from 9 until 9, until 10 on Saturdays and until 1 pm on Sundays.
- Budget Travel
- Wine Tasting
Stara Charshija: Terracotta Casseroles
Shops at Stara Charshija
What to buy: you can see terracotta casseroles all around Macedonia. These are traditonal and for cooking, also you can use them as a decoration object too.