Shopping in Iran
Affected by several international sanctions, import restrictions and an unstable exchange rate, it is natural that Iran is not exactly famous for being a shopping destination. The models of electronics for sale, for example, are almost always outdated and sold at prices much more expensive than in the rest of the world.
However, this does not mean that it is not possible to make good purchases in Iran, especially local products such as clothes, spices, souvenirs and, of course, the famous Persian rugs!
Like every Muslim country, the culture of the bazaar is strong here and every city has at least one – not visiting them is almost a sin! Set aside a few hours of your day in each city to explore the wonderful world of Persian bazaars, with endless colors, shapes, smells and flavors! Check abbreviationfinder.org for abbreviations and acronyms related to Iran.
Every Iranian city has its Grand Bazaar, and with Isfahan it couldn’t be different.
The historic market built in the 11th century is conveniently located on the outskirts of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, within easy reach of the city’s main square. This is one of the oldest and largest bazaars in the Middle East!
In addition to its undeniable beauty, it is also possible to find a huge variety of Persian handicrafts at much friendlier prices than in Tehran, for example. Just don’t forget to negotiate prices and… happy shopping!
Grand Bazaar of Tehran
Looking for a souvenir from Iran or just a good place to eat? In the Grand Bazaar in Tehran you will find both! The attraction is easily visited from the Khayam or Khordad 15th metro stations , both on Line 1. Although the bazaar has several entrances, the one called Sabze-Meydan is the main one.
Divided into several internal corridors over 6 km long, expect to get lost amidst several shops of sweets, dried fruits, clothes, souvenirs and, of course, the ever-present Persian rugs.
Anyone accustomed to the harassment of sellers in other Muslim countries may be surprised by the calm and almost disinterest of local traders. But do not be fooled and bargain, there is always a discount margin on the values offered.
The bazaar is also an excellent place to sample typical Persian cuisine. We suggest the traditional Sharaf-ol-Eslami Restaurant for a complete meal. Whoever prefers to stay alone with snacks will be very well served with the multitude of options available on the outside. Be sure to try the famous “pistachio milk”, a delicious delicacy.
Enjoy the trip and visit the mosque just behind the bazaar. A beautiful building that serves as an introduction to the beautiful mosques that you will still see for the rest of the trip.