There are streets of shops in the centre of Side. Many of the shops sell the same products, but, if you can barter, you will get better prices is some shops than others.
The shops sell souvnirs, jewellery, clothes, spices, teas, leather goods, handbags, purses, hand-painted plates and bowls, and much more. Remember, the key is to barter. It is perfectly acceptable and expected.
On our first visit to Turkey, Side, we visited the Side Leather store - hassle free, attentive and exceptional service. With no intention of buying a leather coat, we ended up buying one, all were priced in TKL, EURO AND GBP - we even managed to barter the price to about 75% of the asking price.
The coat needed alteration, told to return in 30 mins and true enough the sleeves had been altered to perfection and no extra charge.
The store also provides you with free taxi to hotel and back with no obligation to purchase.
Lots of other stores offering fake designer handbags, good quality leather wallets, purses and belts, Jeans, t shirts etc
What to buy: Leather jackets, coats, t shirts, towels, handbags (fake designer) Jeans
What to pay: expect to barter, start by 50% of store keepers original price and you can end up paying between 50 - 75% good fun, and friendly, if they do not take your final price, walk away and you will be called back if they want a sale, this happens 95% of the time.
.....................Manavgat..Monday and Thursday
Side shops are also good with similar fake goods
What to buy: Mens Womans and childrens clothes
Avoid purfume as this can be watered down
Avoid carpet factories, gold and silver shops and leather shops often used as stop offs by local travel agents as these are a hard sell.
What to pay: Haggle and start off by halving the asking price then work your way up as the seller comes down............know the rough cost in your own country and remember what you are buying is fake and use a currency converter
MANAVGAT is no specific attraction point for tourists. But it is a provincial shopping center.
That makes it a more turkish city than tourist toppers like Alanya and Antalya.
Take a walk up and down the Antalya Cadessi...mooch around in the bordering streets...
What to buy: I loved this shop. It is full of what I call turkish kitch. I've seen lots of these Turkish shops in Antwerp but this one...well...
-glass balls with snow and icebears , singing black children , penguins ,...
-glass balls with evil eyes on it...
-nice plates with cheeps and rabits ,...
-gleaming equipment for making tukish coffee
What to pay: -small prices , local prices