Ozdilek: Ozdilek-the biggest Mall in Antalya
In 2010 everybody in Europe stop buying as the crisis have hit all the rich countries on the old continent.
Turkey (especially Antalya) was one of the special exceptions.
It was a kind of "shopping rush" when we have been there, but something I have never seen before.
They were buying everything with an un-explicable excitement.
The locals were trying clothes between the shelves as all the cabins were full and they had anyway to wait long minutes in queues to pay for the chosen ones. It was actually a kind of fight to spend money... so difficult to explain and understand it.
The show itself was an amazing one and I have spent minutes looking at that crowd and admiring its movement, their gestures and the general "hum".
Covered wholesale food market: No Fools and Horses here!
Antalya is a leading agriculture center of our country due to its suitable ecology.
Antalya Metropolitan Municipality’s covered wholesale food market complex that meets % 65 of the wet fruit and vegetable demand of our country, opened to service in its new place on date 30 July 1996.
There are 759 business places at Antalya wholesale food market which is established over approximately on a lot of 480.000 square meters.
Within this complex; brokerage offices, depots, lever scale facilities, 7 each bank branches, sport facility, police station, taxi stop and gas station are located.
The wholesale food market managed by wholesale food market manager ship affiliated with the protection and control office directorate is capable of giving service to our producers and to those that acquired the trade of wet fruit and vegetable as a profession for 7 days 24 hours.
What to buy: Fruit and Veg.
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various..: Migros Shopping Mall
Opened in 2001,Migros Mall of Antalya is situated in the western part of the city above the Konyaalti Beach Park.
In the 3-storey mall has more than 100 shops,and offers a variety of good ranging from international brands such as Tommy Hilfinger,Lacoste,Levi's,Zara,Mango,Guess,Diesel,etc.
There are also well known cafes,fastfood/takeaway restaurants for refreshment..and plus 8 cinemas..
What to buy: Antiques, Books, Food and Drink, Home Furnishing,Women's- Men's Clothes, Sporting Goods,Art, Computers and Electronics, Local Craft, Gifts, Jewelry, Music, Stationery,Bath and Beauty, Department Store, Flowers, Hobbies, Children's Clothes, Shoes, Toys and Games..
various..: Old Bazaar(iki KAPILI han)
oldest "core" shopping center of the city Antalya,all kinds of jewellery, gold handicrafts, silver, ready-to-wear leather produce, hand-woven Turkish carpets, international textile trademarks and all kinds of souvenirs are on sale in this area.
What to buy: authentic local products,all kinds of jewellery,international textile trademarks imitations,etc..
What to pay: first,check the prices and later..bargain..bargain..bargain.. it is the motto:o)
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Bazaars are sort of like a cross between a street market and a shopping centre as they are in a building of sorts and grouped together but with elements of markets
the shops we went to was near our resort (the BArut Lara hotel) there was a few bazaars grouped together
the guys there were nice but pushy, wanting you to go into their shop to look
i dont think i need to say this but -- the 'designer' stuff they are selling is obviously fake. of course you cant buy a real D&G bag, Lacoste top or Prada shoes for 10 lira (3 pounds-ish)
one guy did freely admit this, telling my dad that he was selling 'genuine fakes' which we all had a good laugh about
What to buy: the bazaars dont really sell food, they are more clothes, shoes, bags, watches and souveneirs
What to pay: they are all pretty cheap as they are fakes and mass-produced souvenirs
Laura Street Market
We heard off our holiday rep about a great market that is on on Saturdays in Antalya called Laura market. we got a taxi there but ended up at a medium sized shopping centre called Laura market, not an actual market.
in turkey they call shopping centres markets, and what we would call a market a 'pazash'
luckily we found the market, it was across the road from the shopping centre
it is very hot in the market and the market is quite big, it spreads across many streets
as it is so busy you dont really get targeted by pushy shop=keepers unless you linger at their stall
they are all very nice there, not too pushy -- but be warned, as it is a quite local market there were quite a few people who couldnt speak english
What to buy: What you can buy:
- Food! Lots and lots of food - fruit, veg, nuts etc....
- Perfume - there were a few dodgy perfume stalls
- Scarves / shawls - we got one for my mum for 7 lira
- t-shirts - my sister got one saying Antalya for 5 lira
- local crafts (wooden boxes, little trinkets)
- lots of fake designer clothes
- traditional style turkish stuff like bellydancing belts
What to pay: my dad tried to haggle but the poor guy he was trying with could barely speak a word of english and it was cheap anyway so not much point
DEEPO: Outlet center
Built on 70000sqm plot of land,single storey,with 27000sqm indoors area,and has an architecture likened to a street and a square.
More than 80 national and International factory sales-shops.
Discounts 365 days in a year.
15 different restaurants and cafe offering Turkish and world cuiseine flavors.
Children's play-ground and entertainment area.
Indoor and ourdoors aprking lot for 1500 cars.
Free of charge transportation service for clients.
A modern living center which is air conditioned.
What to buy: Unisex sports wear,men and women wears,beauty accessories,jewellery,leather and shoes,toys,home decorations,cinemas...
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Kaleici Halicilik: Meaning of Motifs..Carpets
The symbol of motifs are the best away,give a message to someone or sign of weavers emotion,love,feeling,happiness,sometimes sadness or a good news,symbolize of life or eternity.. to show of her/his family members or lover or to the husband/wife..sometimes as state symbol..
Here are the some meaning of Anatolian carpets or kilims..
Birds on the tree of life symbolize life and soul.Dragon is the animal guarding the tree motifs together stand for continuity of the soul and immortality.The star is used to indicate the eternity of the tree of life.Chest symbolizes the trousseau chest and marriage,stars stand for happiness and eternity.The bird motif on the rug is used to protect the expectation of happiness against evil eye.
Elibelinde(hands on hips) used on the inner border as well as the head band,symbolize fertility.Crosses are used as a protection against evil eye.
Carkifelek(the wheel of fortune) is a variotion of the cross motifs.The word is used to indicate a supernatural force,the wheel of fortune which is believed to control to destiny of people.Rosettes stand for the platonic aspects of love.Two motifs used together suggest the hope of good luck and happiness.
The fight of Dragon and Phoenix is used to symbolize the fertile rains of spring..It is the symbolic representation of a common mythological theme;meeting of earth and heaven or the mother Goddness and the God..
Hook motifs on the border is used to protect happiness againist malice.
What to buy: Karniyarik motifs symbolize pregnancy.Rosettes express the weaver's love her husband and satisfaction in marriage.
Monster's feet and scarpion motifs are used to protect the pregnancy against malice.
The motif is called CENGEL or CAKMAK since in some region,cakmak means trachoma is use of the motif imphes that the weaver wishes all evil eyes directed on her happiness be blinded.
Deep blue used as the back round color indicates happiness for the nomads,just like green and black.
Running water,rosette and carnation motifs symbolize the garden of EDEN..Tobacco seeding is used as a symbol of the tree of life.The birds on the tabacco leaves stand for life..The ewer and tulips symbolize the desire to have child..
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Kaleici HALICILIK: CARPETS AND KILIMS
Anatolian carpet-weaving is very special type of handcraft with roots are deeply embedded in the past and every knot the bearer of a long tradition.The type of carpet consisting of threads stretched lenghtwise on the loom to form what is known as the warp and threads threaded through these from side to side to form a weft that will tighten the weave and form the basis of the knots that will constitute the pile and various decorative motifs,is found in Turkish history as early as the 5th-3rd centuries B.C.
One of the places in Anatolia where this intimate relationship between the Turks and the carpet is still in evidence is the country town of Dosemealti in the province of Antalya.
The first carpets are surrounded by narrow borders containing geometrical or plant motifs.In Turkish carpets the borders are of great importance in so far as their characteristic features serve to indicate the region in which they are woven.
Turkish carpets are categorized as taban,kelle,cift,somya,minder,namazlik,yastik,heybe,etc.
All are natural dyes
What to buy: carpets and kilim.. belongs to various province of Anatolia..Taspinar,Dosemealti,Hereke,Ladik,Yagcibedir are the most famous carpets in Turkey
What to pay: It depends to size and quality&numbers of knots.Starting from 50$ to 750-1000$ per sqm.
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The shop we visited sold carpets and coins and old doors, among other things. (See the warning below.)
We sat down and were offered drinks, had a good talk with them- it was nice- and then began negotiations over the door. Overall at the store it was a very pleasant experience. They even through in an old fez.
What to buy: Doors are interesting to look at, though difficult to ship. We decided to buy a door. It was fairly old, and I forget the whole backstory, but an interesting buy. Many places sell carpets and the other stuff, but the doors, if they're real (old) can be much more interesting hung on a wall.
Be careful, however, as they don't know how to pack the doors. I described to the seller how I wanted the door packed, with a wide, strong crate, cross-braced and so on... what we got was a torque-able mess, whose slight padding was right up against the door itself and which had no space between the outer slats and the padding- so everything was just asking for problems... and, of course, the door had torqued. We had to have it fixed by a restoration company, and I can't recommend buying from these guys, unless you can see the crate built. If I could go back to that place, I would exact the money it cost to have it fixed due to their incompetence, especially since the blow-off when we talked to them about it and sent them photos of the damages.
They aren't bad people and they do have good stuff, it's just that they don't know the first thing about packing. They just don't think I'll be back.
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Shopping around Antalya
Antalya is a shopaholic’s dream. Some of the best shopping may be found in the Kaleici district (also known as the old city ) near the city walls. Also Cumhuriyet, Gulluk, Ataturk and Isiklar are the main shopping avenues. Be sure to check out the colourful daily open air vegetable and fruit markets. Bring your camera for capturing that perfect picture.
In Antalya you will find a variety of differents shopping items like the traditional Turkish knick-knacks popular with tourists like textiles, gold and copper work, carpets, leather goods and souvenirs. In the Kaleici there are many small shops specializing in interesting treasures--jewelry (necklaces, earrings, rings), candlesticks, various types of hand-crafted boxes, rugs, etc. Items from the Ottoman period to the early 20th century.
The Markets and local markets offer a wonderful opportunity to take a walk and breathe in the enchanting atmosphere resulting from the wonderful smells. An excellent place to buy small gifts like spices, coffee, tea, turkish delight and little trinkets - it is an absolute paradise for these small but cheap souvenirs. A great daily market is the DoguGaraji located in the center of the city. This large market will offer plenty of interesting items.
One of the major shooping centers in Antalya is the Migros Shopping Mall. Located on 100'cu Yil Bulvari, a fabulous mall with many shops and services. Expect to find trendy brand name stores like Zara, LaCosta, Boyner, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, ToysRus, perfume, electronic & computer stores and many more. Also available is a great selection of stores from which to purchase local souvenirs.
Other shopping malls or larger supermarkets located in Antalya are;
Deepo Outlet Center
Laura Shopping Center
White World Center
Real,- Shopping Mall
The Antalya Airport International Terminal provides an excellent shopping environment in both the departure and arrival halls.
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Deepo Outlet Center-Tatlici Tombak: All labels always in discount Deepo Outlet
Traditional Turkish desserts,Ice cream and beverages,
You should taste "tombak" it's made of caramel , milk,sugar. Taste enormous!,caramelized pudding.
Or you can try "ashure"made of dried fruits,its cold,and very delicious.
And the special! "kazandibi" .it's also traditinal,made of chicken breast.(can you believe)its also consistency like pudding,made of milk,sugar and chicken breast.You could'nt taste chicken breast ,because beaten before cooked.it acquires thikness to pudding.top of pudding burnt in oven.That makes kazandibi delicious.In summer you can try ice cream on it.
What to buy: You can find all labels always discount in Deepo Outlet Center .There are 350 shops,35 restaurants and cafes. All categories of all interests you can find.
What to pay: Very very cheap.All dessert 2-5 Euro
Coffee 1,50euro,Turkish tea in turkish original glass 0,50 euro
Ice cream one roll 0,50 euro
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street shopping: old district shopping
street shopping in the new town and in the old district of antalya is wonderful thing ,the wide and beautiful pavements in the new area and the narrow and stylish architectured streets in the old area its realy a pleasure to walk there even if you didnt buy anything
Main Market: Do you know what a bargain is?
The main market or Bazzar is facinating to walk around. I came here on Christmas Day as everything is open as Christmas is only celebrated by Christians and for Muslims it`s just another working day. The hotels do lay on special Christmas meals though for the tourists.
What to buy: Leather items, jackets, hand bags, wallets, wips etc. Apple tea, tea glasses or tea trays. Carpets, generally clothes are quite cheap but just check the quality.
What to pay: Use your common sense if you have some.
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Hitit Souvenir Shop: Handmade jewelry, etc
It's a shop located in the old town, like many others. The owners of the shop speaks basically any language (of course, except for Lithuanian :) ), and they sell basically anything and everything, starting from waterpipes, and ending with Turkish delight. Whenever you come in, you will be ofered water, Turkish tea, or whatever you might want to drink.
What to buy: At first I had my doubts when I decided to buy Turkish delight. But the owner assured that they are really fresh and good. OK, so I did try, and even though I paid 1 euro more than my friend (who bought it straight from the street), I did the right thing. The sweets were really fresh and yummy, unlike the ones that my friend got. The hand made chains and jewelry is also great there. You can even get your name inscribed on it.
What to pay: Bargain, bargain and once again bargain
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