Shopping Plans: Shops and Shopping Lokal bazaar Shopping in Andijan

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  1. Shops and Shopping

  2. Lokal bazaar

  3. Shopping in Andijan

Shops and Shopping
The face of the towns and villages in Uzbekistan is changing. We see new houses, schools, cinemas and shops in every town. Shops are very important in our life. There are different kinds of shops. Some of them sell bread. Others have tea, sugar, coffee, butter, cheese, sausages, meat or fruit. When we want to buy something, we take our shopping bag and go to a shop. There we talk with shopkeepers who sell things.
Many people do their shopping at the market. There, farmers sell vegetables and fruit which they’ve grown themselves. They sell meat, milk and other things too.
Big shops with many departments are called stores. In stores we can buy almost anything we like. In the windows we see all the things which they sell — food, suits, dresses, coats, boots, shoes, radios, TV sets and many other things.
When we want to buy clothes we go to a department store. This is a big store with many departments where clothes, textiles, linens and jewellery are sold.
I am a regular customer at one of the big Tashkent stores. My friend and I decided to do some shopping on Sunday morning. There are always many people at the department store. We enjoyed wandering from one department to another, looking at various articles on the counters. We spent a lot of time at ready-made clothes and bought a nice dress for me. My friend chose a pair of shoes and a blue scarf for herself.
We both returned home quite happy but rather tired. I like to shop at the department store because you can find anything you like there.
Shopping is an authentic travel experience in Uzbekistan, historically and traditionally situated along the crossroads of trade and commerce of Asia and Europe. Shopping here can be an overwhelming experience as you immerse yourself in the local markets, which are called bazaars. There are modern shops and department stores, but bazaars are preferable for seeking out a good souvenir item and a real Uzbek shopping experience to go with it. Bargaining is, of course, how things are done here.
One good souvenir item that is wearable is the tubeteika in all its designs and colors. Also called duppi or kalpoq in Uzbekistan, it is a traditional cap worn by local men, women, and children throughout the region. Silk products are also produced in this country and are well worth hunting for. One real gem of an item is the Uzbek knife, or the pichok, which forms part of an Uzbek man’s national costume and is a cultural legacy from the people of the Ferghana Valley. A real pichok needs to have a light gray color, a handle that is just right in size, and a knife edge so sharp it can cut hair in mid air.
The bazaars worth checking out are naturally those found in Uzbekistan’s major cultural centers. In Tashkent, Chorsu (Eski Juva) Bazaar is located right within the old town. It is one of the liveliest, loudest markets in the country and arguably in Central Asia. Everything is sold here, from herbs and spices, to pistachios and walnuts, to fresh fruits (especially in the warm months), and naturally souvenir items.
Those visiting Bukhara can hunt for gold embroidery, the city’s specialty, in Taqi-Zargaron Market, which literally means ‘Dome of the Jewelers’. Samarkand also has a big and bustling bazaar whichis simply called the Central Bazaar. In this mostly outdoor flea market, visitors can buy local food items, such as nuts, dry fruits, and spices.

Each tourist should not only explore all the attractions of Uzbekistan but also take time to shop. Or you will spend your time in vain in this wonderful country.

Fans of shopping should not go to the shopping centers along the usual routes, but to the markets – this is where you can feel the whole flavor of the East and buy souvenirs from local artisans.
There are shopping centers in Uzbekistan, but there are few unusual artisan goods there, only boutiques of famous stores.

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