The soul of the city: Bazaars of Baku

Aydan Isayeva | Live the World

November 23, 2022

Since the ancient times, the luxury of the East has been reflected in the magnificent palaces and richly decorated Bazaars, where everyone feels the touch of a finest silk, the shine of a pure gold, the sparkling of precious stones and aroma of expensive spices. Today, when those palaces are turned into museums, the soul of the city still exists in the bazaars of Baku.

The capital city of Azerbaijan has many street markets and bazaars where tourists can find anything they want. While taking some dried fruits in the bazaars, they can chat with the sellers for a year ahead. So, when in Baku, I suggest you take a basket "zenbil" and go after fresh impressions in the Bazaar, especially on Saturdays or Sundays. No need for supermarkets. My guide will help you to explore the best bazaars of Baku.

Taza Bazaar ( New Bazaar)

The Taza Bazaar is one of the oldest street markets in Azerbaijan. It is a place where you can find potatoes, onions, sweet and juicy tomatoes, carrots, Azerbaijani watermelons, pears, apples, cherries, strawberries, different spices, fish, meat and all you need. You can also buy various pickles and marinades, jams, syrups, drinks ... and, of course, tea. The Azeri tea is mostly black, but if you want, you can find green or just herbal tea as well. The Taza Bazaar is one of the places where you can see the colours of the city. It has six entrances, so try not to get lost.

P.S Here you can also buy a pet and everything that your pet needs.

Yashil Bazaar ( Green Bazaar)

The Yashil bazaar or the Green Market of Baku is the largest bazaar in the city. So, do not miss it, if you want to eat Azeri delicatessen, because you are unlikely to find them in the local stores and supermarkets. Vegetables and fruits are brought to the market from all regions of the country. They have different tastes depending on the region of the origin. The Yashil Bazaar is famous for its dried fruits: figs, oranges, cherries, apricots, grenade seeds, etc. It is better to go to the bazaar in the morning to buy the best and the most fresh products. Of course, if you do not like the crowd and you wish only to observe, then after dinner is the perfect time to visit.

Nasimi Bazaar

The Nasimi Bazaar is named after the famous Azerbaijan outstanding poet and mystic İmamaddin Nasimi. I recommend visiting this bazaar to get the best room flowers that are in a large floral department. There are so many flowers that you have not seen before in your life. The prices are also much lower than in the florist shops. And, at the same time, you can buy a kilogram of sweet cherries, for instance. They are very delicious.

There are also different street shops and little bazaars (Kishlina Bazaar, Bazaar 8 km, Sharq Bazaar, Central Bazaar etc.) in almost every street in Baku, where the bargain hunters will enjoy their shopping** while feeling the soul of the city**.

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