Azerbaijan has been a popular choice for expatriates ever since large oil reserves were found in the country. The influx of westerners resulted in the availability of branded products, which has increased in dramatic proportions since independence. Prices of these products are not very expensive, but one needs to be careful against fake brands. For any foreign tourist, the country’s arts and crafts section holds the maximum attraction. In various cities of Azerbaijan, there are streets that sell handicrafts, silk, and other artefacts local to the city.
TsUM Shopping Store (MUM)
It is the largest departmental store in Baku, located right in the centre of town in Fountain Square. It is a one-stop shopping centre for everything you want on a regular basis plus more. It offers a wide variety of services from locally produced goods, handicrafts and branded goods, to items of daily consumption.
Address: 5 Ali Bairamov Street, Baku, Azerbaijan
This supermarket mostly sells products exported from US, Dubai and India. Quality of the products is good with prices cheaper than its competitors.
Address: 81 Nizami Street, Baku, Azerbaijan
Address: 22 Hussein Javid Avenue, Baku, Azerbaijan
This is the biggest supermarket in Baku with five branches spread over the city. Both locally produced and products imported from neighbouring countries such as Turkey can be found here.
Address 1: 1129 Babek Avenue, Hatayi District, Baku, Azerbaijan
Address 2: 20/116 B. Nuriyev, Baku, Azerbaijan
Address 3: Fizuli, Baku, Azerbaijan
Address 4: Fountain square, Baku, Azerbaijan
Address 5: 528 H. Javid, Baku, Azerbaijan
Big Bazaar in Lankaran offers some of best items of clothing in Azerbaijan. As you travel through the interconnected streets, you can shop for handicrafts, souvenirs, and traditional items, along with clothes.
At the many handicraft selling shops and streets, one should try searching for Zanbil, which is a type of a basket made through the process of weaving. The baskets come in various sizes like large bags, small purses, etc.
Tohuma Jorab is knitted socks traditional to Azerbaijan. Made by women of the Talish community, they come in bright colours and are to be worn in the winter season. Prices vary according to the length of the socks.
Every tourist who visits Lankaran remembers to buy the traditional “Chay” or tea, a speciality of the city. The city produces the best Tea in the country, which can be bought as a gift for relatives and friends.
Every city in Azerbaijan has its own unique bazaar and Sheki is no exception. You will find food, handicrafts, spices, etc at the bazaar. If you are not from Azerbaijan, tag along with an Azerbaijani friend so that you can bargain with the shopkeepers for a more favourable price.
At the Bazaar, Caravansarai and tourist areas and at the Handicraft Association headquarters you will be able to find many Shebeke or stained glass items along with Persian carpets, copper and iron articles and musical instruments.
Sheki lies along the Silk Road route and has had a flourishing silk industry for many, many years. You can buy a variety of silk items such as scarves known as kalagayi. These scarves are available at shops, bazaars and at Caravansarai.