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sale, for example, are almost always outdated and sold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
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,
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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
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.