Aleppo Souq information
The best place to shop in Aleppo is without a doubt the souqs of the Old City and great buys include textiles, brocade, gold, silver, carpets and olive soap. Although the pressure to buy has grown in recent years, the souq remains overwhelmingly targeted at a local market – apart from the architecture, that’s what gives it its charm.
Like any Middle Eastern souq, Aleppo’s bazaar is broken down into the usual demarcations: gold in one alley, spices in another, carpets in one spot, scarves across the way. The exception to this is bustling Souq al-Attarine, which sells everything: hardware, clothing, spices, perfumes and even meat. South of Souq al-Attarine, the laneways almost exclusively give way to fabrics, clothing and shoes. North of al-Attarine, the souq is at its most dense.