Vakif Bedestan Kapali Carsi (Covered Market): Chinese-made goods in a traditional market
While not as grand and as labyrithine as Istanbul's and definitely pint-sized when placed alongside Bursa's, Amasya's Kapali Carsi (covered market), does have a charm of its own, and offers several interesting finds.
I didn't spend much time going through the shops, but enjoyed chatting with the shopkeepers, stopping by at some shops to oblige invitations for cay. In the end, I ended up with was a kese, the coarse cloth mitten that hamam attendants use to remove dirt which you thought might not even existed. I didn't intend to use it, but as a souvenir to remind me of the hamam experience.
The market itself is interesting, having been built in 1483, and very much still in use today. At the time I was there, restoration works were ongoing, perhaps to make the market more in tune with Amasya's lovely surroundings, and of course to entice more tourists.
What to buy: Lots of things, from Chinese-made clothes and toys to Chinese-made plastics. Yes, China clearly has not spared Turkey! Thankfully, the kese I bought was made in Turkey, or at least that's what its tag said.
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Amasya Souvenirs: Souvenirs from Amasya
What to buy: If you are planning to carry back souvenirs from Amasya, marble apples from the orchards would be a perfect choice. Other gift items to be picked up can be handmade scarves, and home made kusburnu marmalade
Fruit shops: Amasya Apples
If you're a local or have a local friend in Istanbul, am sure if they heard that you're going to Amasya and you asked them if they want anything there -- one thing will come up and that's apples. They said the apples in Amasya is delicious, the green ones. They're selling it more expensive in Istanbul.
So go buy some kilos, I did. they're available at fruit shops - and other fresh fruits too - along the Mustafa Kemal Pasha Street.
What to buy: Apples
What to pay: TL 3 - 4 per kilo.
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