Do you want a souvenir of your visit to Iraq?
Baghdad's famous souqs and bazaars have a vast variety of lovely oriental objects.
You will find them mostly just off Rashid Street, between Martyrs (Shuhada) Bridge and Ahrar Bridge.
One of the most interesting is the Coppersmith Souq, where copper is still beaten in the old traditional way into pots and pitchers of all shapes and sizes. The noise is great and so is the sight. Shops spill over with copperware for household or decorative uses, to suit all tastes. Primitive, austere, elaborate, highly ornate — you can choose any you like.
Further on you will come to one specialized souq after another in a labyrinth of arcades.
Don't miss the Clothiers Souq for a delightful sight of yards and yards of colorful material unfurled in beautiful arrangements, or the Rugs Souq where hand-woven rugs in striking local motifs and colors are on magnificent display.
Nearby, on the other side of Rashid Street, is the so-called Shorjah, one of the most important trade centers of the city. Full of household wares, this place is aromatic with the smell of coffee, tea, spices and soap, and bustles with movement and noise.
What to buy: Off Rashid Street again, along the river, is Mustansir Street, a woman's paradise for clothes, shoes, handbags and cosmetics. At one end of it you will find the traditional gold and silversmiths known for centuries for their lovely jewelry.
The are so many souvenirs and gifts which you can buy at the Folklore Center.
You can get a sandwich, an oil painting, a cup of coffee or a bottle of hooch. After 4 months on a military base it is an oasis of items.
Of course on the way back you notice how little it has especially compared to the Dubai Duty Free.
What to buy: Saddam Money, bayonets, antiques.
Coppersmiths' Market: shopping/window shopping or just visiting it will provide you lots of memories.
What to buy: Different handicrafts, above all copper things.
What to pay: $10-$20