Paradise I and II: Paradise I and II
There are numbers of shopping malls in Kish island, but main shopping complex are Paradise I and II, which are always busy with people strolling around and shopping.
People can easily move from Paradise I to II, there is elevator connecting these two shopping malls.
What to pay: Better with cashRelated to:
- Budget Travel
Gift and handicraft shops everywhere: The finest mosaic
You'll see this work everywhere you go in Iran -minute, intricate mosaic inlay, on boxes, trays, photo frames, coasters, anything it can be applied to. Of course the quality of the work varies and you will get what you pay for, but there is something for every budget and to fit every suitcase or backpack. You will even find the patterns printed on to tinware containers for sweets and trays for nuts and dried fruits. The best work is a delicate mix of stained woods, cream and coloured bone and gilded points, the result of hours and hours of painstakingly accurate workmanship, lacquered as smooth as silk.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Any nut and/or fruit shop: Dates from Bam
As well as its magnificent citadel (sadly and catastophically damaged in the devastating 2003 earthquake), Bam is famed for its dates. Anyone in Iran will tell you they are the best you can get, and I would have to agree. Small and black with an intense flavour that is the very essence of a date and a wonderful, almost liqueur-like, texture they are quite simply suberb.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Everywhere you go in Iran, there they are - wonderful carpets - hanging from doorways, displayed in elegant shop windows, laid out on the floor; all sizes - tiny mats, small rugs, long runners, room-sized carpets; rainbow coloured tribal rugs, faded kilims, delicate silk gardens, naive jejems - tempting you, saying "Take me home." And the carpet saleman, so charming and persuasive.
How do you choose?
What to buy: If you'll take some advice from a carpet addict -
Before you leave home -
Do a little research
Visit a local carpet shop and get an idea of what you like, the colours, the patterns.
Take a note of prices at home for the rugs you like
Think about where you will put your rug when you get home, what size will you need?
When you get there -
Take your time.
Relax, drink some tea
Look at lots of rugs, then go away, have a cup of tea, think about it, and then go and look at some more.
Set yourself a budget and stick to it.
When you see a rug you really like, discuss the price, be polite but be cool, say you'll come back.
Have another cup of tea.
Only buy from a salesman you've enjoyed dealing with.
Don't buy anything you don't really love.
Think of the whole exercise as part of your Iranian experience. If you love the rug and you've paid what you can afford, you're doing fine.
What to pay: Don't expect to get your rug for nothing.
Of course you'll bargain for it, but don't insult the salesman. If it's a carpet worth having, he'll have a bottom price that he won't go below. Whatever you pay, it will be much less than the same rug would be back home and why lose out on something you'll treasure for the sake of those last few dollars? Are you ever coming back to Iran?Related to:
- Arts and Culture
suq: Carpet buying
The local market has many beautiful crafts to buy from the delicate enamel ware, tradtional designed tablecloths and carpets, and the silver and bead jewellery/
What to buy: enamel ware
What to pay: it depends on qualityRelated to:
- Arts and Culture
Bazar-e-Raza: Cool stones
Well its not just one shop but its a shopping centre where you can buy many different things. All that you want except for Big Electronic items under one roof.
What to buy: i would especially recommend the precious and Semi-precious stones. They are worth buying. You can find very amazing variety in rings and necklaces and earings. There is no end to it.
What to pay: As much as you like but dont go crazy. You should have a fair idea of whatever you are buying and then pay accordingly.Related to:
- Study Abroad
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- Historical Travel
Shopping in Tehran
Tehran is a very fast paced city. You can buy anything nearly in all the areas, but one thing to keep in mind is that for everything there is a special area. How do you know where to go for what? Well, that's where the locals will come in handy. Go to reception or ask the shop around the corner. You want gold, go to "Karim Khan", shoes for children is at "Manoochehri", silver at "Jomhoori", sport shoes at "Bajar Koveiti". But, if you want to shop for clothes, modern looking clothes then you have to go to the modern shopping complexes. Some of those are "Pasaj Vanaak", "Bazaar Safavie", "Bazar Millad"...., ask someone...
What to buy: If you want something that represents Tehran/Iran...hm, rugs??? too expensive, not practical to carry back. There is too much to name. You will come across it as you go around and will love it.
What to pay: It varies, in the modern shopping centres it is something similar to what you would spend at home, but in lower areas you will find it very affordable.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Bazaar, the traditional way
Each city has it's Bazaar and is organiced around it, all the city runs around it, the mosque, the governament building, madrasas, caravanserais, and all the shops.
The Bazaars are covered, some times with a construction of bricks or stone, and some times with uralite.
all the people came here to buy theirgoods and needs, you can find here all what you need, rom shoaps, and toiletteries to the most elegant dresses or to repair your chairs.
The importance of the bazaar on the society is essencial, the economy runs over it and economy means money and power so the power of the community is ruled in the bazaar. One of the most important bazaars of Iran is the one in Bazaar, there many revolutions and change of governors where made there. It is like a mirror of humanity, money have the Power, and the life of the community deppends on the people of the Baazar.
What to buy: Art and crafts is the most spectacular for tourists and travellers.
Esfahan, Shiraz, Kerman are some of the most rich on bronze working, carpets, wood work, miniatures,...
Espahan is the most touristic but is far distance to khan al jalili in Cairo, Grat Bazaar in Istambul.
Zaytoon Shopping Center: Zaytoon Shopping Center
This is the nearest shopping center from the airport.
What to buy: Clothes to Jewelry.
What to pay: Credit card is accepted. But bring some cash is always useful.Related to:
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
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