what to buy in Bodrum: what to buy in Bodrum
There are some little streets around the castle full of souvenir shops, tourists seem to enjoy the numerous options but at first glance I found it annoying looking at so many thing made in… china…. But yes you will find all the usual and classic items, magnets, post cards, t-shirts, beach clothes and hats, glasses etc
But you can also buy carpets, sponges, hand made sandals or other leather products, local sweets (lokums are great!) and the famous evil eye in every possible size…
If you have more time and a kitchen you may want to buy some fresh fish to cook on your own! You can ask for fish in the restaurants of course but you have to pay much more so we bought some from the fish stalls to cook back home :)
Have in mind there’s fruit/veggie market every Friday near the otogar (bus stations) where farmers come here to sell their products
The cloth market takes place on Tuesday
Bodrum Marina: Proper shopping...
At first glance Bodrum is full of all the same old copy crap shops, with tons of Burberry ripoffs lining the streets- yawn!
However, if you work your way all the way to the western edge of the central Bodrum harbour, you'll reach the Bodrum Marina, a well-tended, covered stretch of pedestrian shopping arcade with some nice local clothing brands at very reasonable prices.
What to buy: Summer clothing of all shapes and sizes.
What to pay: Depends on what you're looking for, but expect half price compared to northern Europe no matter what you buy...
Karada Marina: Shopping at the Marina
It s again a shpping center , I am going to talk about it...Which is since 7 years open , and all the quality trade marks are there.Bookstores,clothing shops,restaurants,cafes,supermarkets,shoe stores,all.
But first of all this is a marina and if you travell with your boat or sailing boat,actually best place to take a break...
375 boat capacity
4 space cam security...
What to buy: As you figure out,again everything you want there...
What to pay: Depence of the thing...
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Carsi: bodrum is a big shopping town
from swanky boutique along the marina to souvenir shops in carsi, you'll never run out of things for your bucks in bodrum.
i forgot the name of the shop, but there's this one silver accessories shop almost beside the mosque near the seaside along the main neyzen tevfik street where we bought a lot of silver stuff like bracelets, rings, necklaces. if u know how to haggle u usually end up getting it at half their initial price most of the time or even less. we bought some souvenir stuff and evil eyes at the carsi and also the big souvenir shop (open sides) along the marina near the castle, there are a lot there in fact.
there's also a cluster of swanky boutiques (mavi, polo, and other designer brands) near the marina yacht club.
What to pay: not much, prices are mostly the same as the prices in istanbul carsis
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Milas Market and Carpets
Milas is another lovely town, 50 kms away from Bodrum. You can go by minibuses or "dolmus in Turkish". Milas carpets are famous. And I strongly recommend you to buy them if you are keen on that wonderful objects. There are many alternatives for shopping but do not forget to negotiate...
What to buy: OTHER MARKETS ARE:
Bodrum market-on Fridays-fresh vegetables(borulce and ocra is recommended) and fruits
Gumbet market-on Sundays-fresh vegetables and fruits-small but a lovely alternative
Milas vegetable market-on Saturdays and Sundays-real opportunity to see authentic goods and environment.
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- Farm Stay
Bodrum old shopping centre: KUTAHYA
I saw these beautiful plates when strolling the streets of Bodrum. I couldn't buy to take home because of my small Baggage allowance.
They come from the Turkish city of "Kutahya" and are painted a lovely Blue, often with a Tulip motif on them. Tulips originated in Turkey, even though we associate them with Holland.
- Arts and Culture
Jeweller and Silversmith: Torquoise and Silver Jewelry
I am not a big shopper and this was a rare impulse buy. In the outside display case of a jewelry shop in Gumbet, I spotted some torquoise rings. The one I asked about only cost 10 euro, so I finally got brave enough to actually go INTO a shop. Ths owner of the shop, a silversmith and a very pleasant man, brought a ring from the back of the shop and it was just what I wanted. I also bought a torquoise necklace on a silver chain.
What to buy: Torquoise and silver were especially good value here and alterations could be carried out while you waited. The jewelry here is really beautiful, good quality and the nicest I'd seen.
What to pay: For the ring and pendant , I spent about EUR 55. This was extremely good value and about half of what I could expect to pay for these items at home.
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- Road Trip
Bodrum Market: Turkey- Land of The Genuine Fake
The Tuesday Market in Bodrum is a great place for shopping. There are endless rows of stalls, selling mainly clothes, shoes, watches and foodstuffs. Business is brusque but an advantage of the crowded market place is that you get a chance to look at the merchandise without being hassled too much - that is, if the stall hoder is already busy with another customer. It's not picturesque, being held inside a huge, ugly enclosure, opposite the bus station but the sheer energy and chaos makes this a great experience. Most amusing, were the cries and antics of the stall-holders as they vied with each other to grab the customer's attention.
What to buy: This is the place to buy your genuine fake designer threads and your designer watches. My husband has lusted after a Breitling watch for as long as I can remember but as they cost in the region of EUR 5,000, Santa hasn't yet delivered it. To his absolute joy, he got a fake Breitling for 18 Euro and he hasn't stopped showing it off ever since. He already has a good watch so the Breitling is just for fun. It looks really impressive and without detailed examination, very hard to tell the difference from the real thing. So, one very happy shopper at Bodrum's market.
What to pay: For a fake designer watch, around 15-20 Euro.
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- Road Trip
Town Centre: Retail Therapy - Bodrum Style!
The centre of Bodrum is home of a range of food, clothes and accessory shops. There are shops selling trips and car hire and shops purely for tourist trinkets but you get a real feel of the bazaar like nature of Turkey when you enter the covered shopping area which extends from beside the castle to the other side of the harbour (by the statue of Ataturk on horseback at the large taxi rank on Neyzen Tevfik Caddessi).
This covered shopping area serves two main purposes:
* IT IS COOLER THAN ON THE ROADS! Bodrum is so hot from 10am until late really and it is hard work shopping in the sweltering temperatures, the covered shopping area gives a small respite from the blazing sun and the heat.
* There are some surprises in there too! There are banks, sandal and carpet shops, sports wear shops (there is actually a great shop selling genuine Turkish football shirts at very good value rather than the fake versions that can be bought anywhere.
When shopping lok out for the Nazar trinkets, the lemon lotion that refreshes and soothes you in the heat, bottles of raki to take home (very cheap present if you have any alcoholic friends!!) and the local specialities of lather and footwear. THis shopping area is covered with bouganvillea and leaves and all of a sudden Bodrum looks like a completely different place :-)
Market (near the Otogar): Market Day on the Peninsula!
Fresh fruit and vegetables can be bought in the vegetable market every Thursday and Friday in Bodrum. There are bargains in clothing (such as cheap t-shirts and jeans but don't expect those great bargain levi's to be the authentic items!), fabrics (like the lace specialities from the peninsula) and household goods can be found in the dry good markets on Tuesdays. The markets are to be found quite close to the bus station.
Tour operators offer other market day tours around the peninsula to places like Bitez and Turgetreis.
Karada Marina Shopping Centre: Elegant Shopping!
The Karada Marina shopping centre is a wonderfully clean, bright and modern shopping centre not too far from the yacht club on Neyzen Tefvik Caddesi.
The shops are quite exclusive and are designed with the wealthier shopper in mind but even if you don't want to spend a fortune down there, it is s lovely place to walk around - take in the atmosphere and watch the beautiful people with their large boats sail by.
Lots of nautical themed shops, sail wear and equipment and designer stores are located here. There is also a small supermarket here so if you are staying at the hotels that are local to this centre (such as Seckin Konaklar) this is a handy place to stock up without having to walk too far with your shopping.
What to pay: Expensive
Take your pick!: Supermarkets in Bodrum
For anyone who is self catering in Bodrm you wil need access to cheap good quality foods, cleaning products and other necessary summer equipment such as sunscreen.
Bodrum has 4 major supermarkets and many smaller shops in the town. The best prices are to be found at the larger markets:
* Migros (0252 316 0983
* Kipa (owned by Tesco)
* Tansas (0252 313 49 20)
* Kos Tas (like B&Q)
* Metro (like Makro)
Oasis Shopping Centre: 200 Stores in one place!!
For all your shopping needs pop to the Oasis shopping and cultural centre on the main Bodrum to Gumbet Road (at the crossroads). There are approximately 200 shops, cafes, restaurants and bars here - there is a marks and spencers and many other well known retailers who have jumped on the trendy Bodrum andwagon.
There is also a cinema. The downside to a complex like this is that it may take business away from the smaller and more traditional traders in the town centre however there are only so many boncuk trinkets you can see before you crave a little retail therapy!!
What to buy: There is limited haggling potential in this part of town as many of these franchises have bigger agendas and overheads to worry about.
Tulumba.com: A taste of Turkey at home!!
I have used a great website that sells all things Turkish and will ship pretty much anywhere. Tulumba.com is based in America but they have Turkish books, music, food, maps,clothing and jewellery available at very reasonable prices. They have a travel service.
There will be a shipping charge but the service is fast and efficient.
I have recently ordered some road maps from them and they arrived within a few days of my order and in good condition.
There is also a linked website that sells from within Turkey.
Downtown shopping vs Oasis
Downtown shopping can be annoying because you get hassled by agressive salespeople. But at the same time, the customer service is impeccable. You have to bargain. Thats where you will get the best deals. OASIS is a shopping mall in Bodrum that is lovely, but it is normal to high prices. There is a movie theatre there as well.
What to buy: The best things are JEANS - all the top brands that might be fake, but the quality is so good, you'd never tell. For two sweet pairs of jeans (D&G and G-Star) the guy started asking 298 Lira. I ended up only paying 160, (I probably could have got it for 140, but it was to the point where I had asked them to hold them for me and I would be back). In general you can pay 30 euros for Diesel, G-star and Dolce and Gabana jeans...the latest models! Also, if PUMA shoes are your thing, you are in luck!
What to pay: Whatever you can bargain. At Oasis, it is a regular mall though and you will pay the sticker price.