Shopping in AlmatyEdit This
Almaty is the largest town in Kazakhstan, and serves as the main transportation hub of the country, with crowds of travelers stopping by each day. Perhaps it is because of this foot traffic that Almaty shopping is so abundant. With upscale retailers that you would find in a European city such as BMW, Benetton and many others, Almaty has enough shopping options to keep anyone busy.
Large Markets and Malls
A large flea market takes place near the edge of Almaty in Barakholka. The market is open from Tuesday to Sunday, and offers clothing, cars, animals and other goods. Chinese, Uzbek and Uyghur merchants will often gather here to sell their wares. To reach the market by bus, hop on a “Barakholka” bus traveling west from Rayymbek.
Zelyony Bazaar is a huge, sprawling market with vendors set up indoors and out. The main products sold here are food items, although you can also find unique clothing. Every Sunday from December to March, the Central Asian Crafts Fair takes place at the Republican Palace of Schoolchildren, selling excellent crafts for very affordable prices.
Silk Way City is one of the many areas in Almaty that contain international stores and upscale shops. This main mall is found in the city center, and houses stores such as Yves Rocher and Zara. Other malls for upscale shopping include the Mega Center Alma-Ata and Ramstor.
The largest department store in the city is TsUM. This store is actually comprises many smaller shops where you can find clothing, china, glass, electronics, gifts, and cosmetics. The ground floor is full of mobile phones, while the top floor is the place to go for souvenirs and gifts. If you want traditional jewelry, ornamental swords, or fur hats, make sure to pay a visit to TsUM, which is located in the city center.
If you're interested in local artwork from Kazakhstan and other former Soviet countries, stop by Tengri Umai at the city center. Many people enjoy the modern works found here, as they use a rainbow of bright colors. Other places to check out art include the Kasteev National Museum, which has an art shop gallery, the Almaty Art Center, and Rysbek Akhmetov Art Gallery.
Two Shopping Streets
The main shopping street in Almaty is Gogol, located in the northern section of the city near Paniflov Park. Here you can find designer labels such as Ferragamo. While most of the stores contain American and European brands, there are also smaller stores that stock Russian and Kazakh brands.
Another shopping area is Zhibek Zholy, which is just a few blocks from Gogol Street. Much of the street is occupied by a farmer's market and a flea market. The locally made honey is fantastic here, as is the yogurt. Many people also like to walk down this shopping street simply to people watch.