Shopping: where to shop
The main shopping area in Tehran is the Grand Bazaar, which is a maze of alleys and storefronts. Bargaining is a must and visitors will find anything their heart desires, from carpets, jewelry and souvenirs to trinkets and more. However, the number of shops selling handicrafts is limited. Traditionally, the Tehran bazaar was split into corridors, each specialising in different types of goods, including copper, carpets, paper, spices, and precious metals, as well as small traders selling all types of goods. Today, modern goods are available as well, in addition to the many traditional corridor traders that still survive.
Tajrish bazaar has been built according to architectural style which closely resembles the traditional bazaar located in downtown Tehran. You can find a wide variety of fresh fruit, herbs, spices, nuts, as well clothes and other stuff.
A car park and adjoining shopping centre near the corner of Jomhuri-ye Eslami Ave and Ferdosi St is where hawkers from across Iran and Central Asia lay out their rugs to sell whatever they can on Friday mornings. You can also find clothes and handicrafts made by young Iranian designers. The higher floors of the car park can hide the best bargains.
The Bazaar of Tabriz is a historical market situated in the middle of Tabriz, Iran. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East and the largest covered bazaar in the world as well as one of Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Tabriz has been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity. Its historic bazaar complex is one of the most important commercial centres on the Silk Road. Located in the center of the city of Tabriz, Iran, the structure consists of several sub-bazaars, such as Amir Bazaar (for gold and jewelry), Mozzafarieh (a carpet bazaar), a shoe bazaar, and many other ones for various goods. The most prosperous time of Tabriz and its bazaar was in the 16th century when the town became the capital city of the Safavid kingdom. The city lost its status as a capital in the 17th century, but its bazaar has remained important as a commercial and economic center. Although numerous modern shops and malls have been established nowadays, Tabriz Bazaar has remained the economic heart of both the city and northwestern Iran.
Bazaar of Esfahan
The Bazaar of Isfahan or Isfahan Bazaar is a historical market in Isfahan, Iran, one of the oldest and largest bazaars in the Middle East, dating back to the 17th century. The bazaar is a vaulted two-kilometre street linking the old city with the new. It is located in downtown, in the northern section of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The main entrance is called Qeisarieh. All around the square are small shops full of beautiful Persian handicrafts.
Vakil Bazaar is the main bazaar of Shiraz, Iran, located in the historical center of the city. It is thought that the market originally was established by the Buwayhids in the 11th century AD, and was completed mainly by the Atabaks of Fars, and only was renamed after Karim Khan Zand in the 18th century. The Bazaar has beautiful courtyards, caravansarais, bath houses, and old shops which are deemed among the best places in Shiraz to buy all kinds of Persian rugs, spices, copper handicrafts and antiques. Like other middle eastern Bazaars there are a few numbers of mosques and Imamzadehs constructed adjacent or behind the Bazaar.