Once a week there is a street market in Turgutreis and there you can really buy all kinds of things if you're willing to go through the crowd and bargon with the people selling.
What to buy: Well, if you decide going to the street market, a good idea would be to buy something turkish! That could be something of turkish art, like kilim. Killim is a type of a carpet or a rug, usually hand made. The Kilim is a truly remarkable tradition maintained by women of Anatolia for hundreds of generations, dating back nine thousand years. Turkish mothers and daughters maintained this mysterious tradition for the last thousand years as Turkish tribes settled in Anatolia and intermingled with the local population.
What to pay: Depends on what you're bying!
The fruits look very inviting and are very tasty. Living in a country in the north I often eat imported fruits but never have the peaches and watermelons in Sweden tasted as the ones in Turkey.
Take the chance and eat a lot of fruit of the season!
In Bodrum there is a big fruit market above the otogar, just in front of a supermarket. The second time I went there it was empty, but probably because it was Sunday and therefore closed.
Every Saturday in Turgutreis there is a Market on that is right in the centre. Its huge so you won't miss it. This market has everything from different types of Turkish tea to all kinds of designer clothes like D&G.
What to pay: I'm sure you can haggle for a bargain..!
What to buy:
This product called Capan is widely used by the turkish people. Its used as a freshner for your hands or face, and can even be used as an aftershave, it comes in a bottle or spray and its really cooling on a hot day. Its got a refreshing smell of ripe lemons and i have herd that it keeps the mosquitoes away as well
What to pay: We picked up 2 bottles for 5 pounds at the market on sat
What if you need medicine? There is a pharmacy on the main road with fuly-informed and helpful owner speaks english. Whatever health problems you have, the pharmacy has the cure..
What to buy: medicine, sun creams, everything about health and beauty..
What to pay: average..
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 :-)
One of the joys of visiting Turkey is the vast array of shopping, you can get almost anything here at a fraction of the price you would pay in most countries. Bodrum has a great shopping area which is located from the bus station all the way down to the marina. This photo was taken in the main shopping area near mc donalds, but it does get very busy here at night
Bodrum is also like a big market, I mean if you are interested in shopping (or to put it more correctly "marketting":D) this is the right place.
You can find lots of cute,cheezy, stylish things:) and don't be afraid of haggling:)
BUT!!! one of the most important warnings!
Keep your purse closer to your heart or to whatever:))))))) ...I mean that some of the local inhabitants are very good at pulling purses out of the pockets of careless tourists:)))))
good luck and have a nice time!
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.
you would like to eat all in the shop:) read this little article about turkish delight "lokum" by Tom Brosnahan : "He marched into his confectioner's kitchen and mixed water, sugar, corn starch, cream of tartar and rosewater, cooked it up, poured the mixture into a flat pan slicked with almond oil, and let it cool. Then he sprinkled it with powdered sugar, cut it into bite-sized chunks and...his hand trembling, his eyes bright with anticipation, his mind fraught with trepidation, his lips quivering to receive the morsel...he bit!
What? No crack of candy crunched by his mighty alpine jaws? No shower of sugary splinters scattering through his oral cavity? Why, this new confection was soft and easy to chew, a pleasure, a treat for both palate and teeth! It was... it was...a comfortable morsel!"
What to buy: turkish delight with lots of different kinds..
What to pay: depends between 10 euros and 30 euros for each pack..
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.
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
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.
Hand made sandals
Skilled artisans can make you a pair of snugly fitting leather sandals in the traditional Aegean style. You will find craftsmen in the centre of Bodrum - like Ali Usta and others. You can either order or try one of the pairs they have in stock. Even Mike Jagger has one of these Bodrum hand made sandals of Ali Usta...
What to buy: sandals for a fresh breath of your feet:)
What to pay: that depends what kind of o sandal you wish or how long it takes to produce it... between 40 to 200 Euros.
There are some little street around the castle full of souvenir shops. There you will find the classic magnets, post cards, glasses etc You can also buy carpets, local sweets (lokums are great!).
If you are there for more than a day buy fresh fish to cook on your own! You can ask for them in the restaurants too but you have to pay much more :)