The area around the Aziziye Mosque is loaded with shops, stores and bazaars selling all kinds of stuff from clothes, toys, house decors, and just beside the sardivan of the mosque are lines of shops selling exotic spices.
What to buy: Spices, etc..
Every time I walked past this shop the man would invite me in for tea. Since in Konya it's rather problematic for a woman to enter a restaurant alone I would take him up on his offer. His name was Mehmet Ali Ketenci, he was quite gentle and sweet. He spoke no English. I spoke no Turkish. We would drink tea not speaking and smile at each other. His shop is jam packed with Moslem rosaries and various Sufi plaques & paraphanelia. I purchased several prayer beads and some beautiful mounted metallic plagues in copper featuring dervishes. His prices are very fair & he is a real gentleman. While in the shop one day a Turkish soldier came in and joined us for tea. He was amazed that I was traveling by myself. He told me in English, which I asked him to write down, "You are very only". It was a poetic moment.
What to buy: beautiful framed wall plaques of Sufi Derivishes with inscriptions in Arabic.
What to pay: twenty to thirty dollars for more stuff than you
can carry. Say hello to Mehmet for me.
Everywhere in the bazar
What to buy: Hairnets
The girls wear it there, so our girls had to have it too - crazy, they are
What to pay: less than 1 $