From intricately decorated carpets to locally popular hats to fragrant spices, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a land of color silk, and dried fruit is a great place to find memorable things to bring home.
Things To Buy
Textiles are a cherished art in Tashkent. Look for deep woven carpets in bright colors and patterns. Suzannis or hand embroidered wall hangings are also sold in many shops directly by the maker. Silk has a long history here. Silk clothing of all kinds from shirts to shorts is another thing to pick up up in the markets along with the black and white striped male caps known as dopas. Delicate paintings are another type of local art. Many painters offer small miniatures on wood boxes. Another thing to look for are the intense spices that come here directly from other Central Asian republics. Many markets also offer dried fruits and nuts, which are a specialty for this region
Farmers Markets and Bazaars
Tashkent is surrounded by farms and has many bazaars all over the city. Head to one of them for a taste of regional produce and an opportunity to look for local craft items from artisans. The Askia market has lots of varied items as well as fruit and vegetables. The Bek Bakara wholesale market on the outskirts of the city is another place to visit and get a good bargain. One of the most famous markets in the area is the Chilanzar Clothes market, which is a good place to go to buy children’s clothing and toys. The oldest market in the area is the Chorsu market. For cakes and spices, look for the Farhad market.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Tashkent.