The Five Best Bazaars in Iran

If you are like me, visiting the local markets of a country can be an amazing way to fit in with the people and experience their culture first-hand. Bazaars, massive middle eastern local markets, are no exception to this rule. The bazaars in Iran happen to be the best places to buy souvenirs and local goods, so it’s no wonder that famous bazaars in Iran attract thousands of people every day. Below we have you can find a list of the best bazaars in Iran to visit, so read on before you pack and decide to book hotels.

The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar, located in the 12th district of Tehran, is one of the oldest and biggest bazaars in Iran. It is split into several corridors over 10 Kilometers in length that each specializes in a certain type of goods (like stationery, rugs, etc.). It is so extensive in the types and volume of products it offers that the Grand Bazaar has become one of the main suppliers of numerous products in the country. If you are looking for a bazaar that can take care of almost all your shopping needs and also has nearby famous attractions (like the Golestan Palace), then the Grand Bazaar is the perfect market for you.

Bazaar of Tabriz

This UNESCO world heritage site is one of the oldest bazaars in the middle east that dates back to early urbanism in Islamic Iran. It is located in the center of Tabriz and consists of several sub-bazaars that each specializes in a different type of goods, like gold and jewelry, carpets, shoes, clothing and various household items. Every year, many people travel to Tabriz just for seeing the Tabriz Bazaar, so it’s worth keeping in mind when booking your Tabriz hotel.

Bazaar of Tabriz

If you want to visit this bazaar, it’s important to avoid the first 10 days of Muharram because all the traders close their shops and the bazaar actually becomes a place for mourners to gather and mourn the death of Imam Hussain.

3- Vakil Bazaar

The Vakil Bazaar is a historical site located in the city center of Shiraz. It is said that its origins date back to almost a thousand years ago, and it was named after Karim Khan Zand after almost 600 years. Like other bazaars in the country, Vakil Bazaar is divided to multiple sub-bazaars named after the goods that they sell. These goods vary from copper, jewelry and carpets to local foods and drinks.

The Vakil Bazaar also includes multiple bathhouses, mosques and shrines with some of them being as old as 300 hundred years. If you want to shop for souvenirs while visiting historical sites, you should definitely add the Vakil bazaar to your itinerary.

4- Gheysarie Bazaar

Gheysarie Bazaar, also known as Isfahan Bazaar and Kaisaria Bazaar, is the grand bazaar of Isfahan located in the historical Naghsh-e Jahan Square. The bazaar’s specialty is carpets, but you can still find many other typical products within this 300-hundred-year-old historical market.

 Gheysarie Bazaar

 Because it is located within the famous Naghsh-e Jahan Square (a great place to consider when booking your Isfahan hotels), the Gheysarie Bazaar has become an immensely popular destination with tourists. If you’re in Isfahan and you are looking for a place to shop, this grand bazaar is a great choice.

Yazd Bazaar

The Yazd Old Bazaar complex is a massive historical bazaar located in the city of Yazd. It consists of several corridors that each deal in a special type of goods, from jewelry and copper products to carpets and local clothing. The oldest section of the bazaar, called The Hadji Qanbar Bazaar, is over 400 years old. When you are visiting the ancient city of Yazd and you want to shop for souvenirs, make sure to give this massive bazaar a visit.

About the author

Hooman Dehghani is a content writer at Snapptrip, a full-service travel booking company based in Tehran, Iran with a mission to empower customers’ choices in booking their whole travel online. An avid traveler and a passionate writer, Hooman wants to spread the beauty of Iran to the world.

About the author

Hooman Dehghani is a content writer at Snapptrip, a full-service travel booking company based in Tehran, Iran with a mission to empower customers’ choices in booking their whole travel online. An avid traveler and a passionate writer, Hooman wants to spread the beauty of Iran to the world.

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