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Tag Archives: Shopping Guide
Shopping in markets is a unique experience that every traveler should attempt while traveling abroad. Besides finding very local pieces for sale, you can really see a culture behind its touristic facade, and interact with locals either in order to bargain for souvenirs or asking locals for the best food stall.
We have listed some of our favorite markets in the world, where we had the opportunity to eat great food, see some quirky objects and people and truly experience the local lifestyle in different parts of the world.
1. El Rastro, read more
Pazarlik – bargaining (or haggling, for you followers of Brian) - is a skill, a social activity, and a decent tool to help you get a great deal on anything from carpets to cardamom. We don’t see much of it in the west, and as a result we can be poorly prepared to handle the tradesmen when we venture beyond our frontiers.
However, bargaining needn’t be a chore or a tribulation. If you follow some basic tips and principles of etiquette, bargaining in Istanbul can be as pleasantly an authentic experience as listening to the morning Ezan (Adhan) ring out from the mouth of the muezzin, or as puffing on a shisha in a traditional bar in the city’s old centre.
Here’s an intro to bargaining in Istanbul, which can be most thoroughly enjoyed in the Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı) and Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Carsisi), but is also useful in many of the city’s shops. Happy bargain-hunting.
If you are planning a trip to Bangkok any time soon, make sure to leave at least half of your suitcase empty as you are going to buy a lot of stuff. Bangkok is heaven for people who love shopping and good deals; basically it is heaven for all of us. The city is packed with huge shopping malls, plenty of different markets and endless shops. The best thing about shopping in Thailand is the fact that almost everything is cheap compared to other destinations. Even though you will be able to find luxury malls in the city as well, most of the items in Bangkok are so cheap, you simply cannot stop buying.
If you don’t want to get lost in this whole shopping craze, check out our Bangkok ultimate shopping guide and don’t forget to take notes!