Must-see shopping in Kyrgyzstan

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    Tumar Art Salon

    Stylishly presented, high-quality embroidery and pottery, both modern and traditional. Credit cards accepted.

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    Kyrgyz Konyagy

    Sells a full range of Kyrgyz brandies from 200som to 7000som per half-litre according to quality and ageing (various sizes of bottles available)…

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    Altyn Kol Handicraft Coop

    Felt-work galore, with a focus on shyrdak and ala-kiyiz carpets but also everything from mobile-phone cases to felt toys for the kids. Adjoining the CBT…

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    Altyn Oimok

    This craftsworkers' collective sells handmade souvenirs from a small shop on-site and arranges demonstrations of the felt-making process from 2500som per…

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    Osh Market

    Nope, you're not at the bazaar. This local supermarket carries the normal range of local products, plus a surprisingly large selection of imported goods…

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    One Village One Product

    This Bishkek branch of the Karakol-based association One Village One Product. They sell the same high-quality handicrafts, honey, jams and gifts. Proceeds…

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    One Village One Product

    Beautifully presented selection of locally sourced products including delicious jam and apricot juices from Jeti-Öghüz, natural soaps from Tasma,…

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    Antique Shop

    Most of the Soviet-era products for sale at this small corner shop come with a history that far outweighs their size or price, and owner Alexander seems…

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    For prepared foods (best selection at lunch time), baked goods or imported foods and liquors, this is one of the most popular shops in the centre of…

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    Saimalu Tash

    A small but attractive art and textiles showroom featuring hand-embroidered carpets, patchwork panels, framed art and a variety of handmade souvenirs.

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    Kyrgyz Uz

    Shyrdak and ala-kiyiz carpets, plus a selection of modern souvenirs, are available at this women's cooperative next door to CBT.

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    Kyrgyz Cognac

    Pick up a bottle of locally-made cognac, some of the best in Central Asia, at this branded store in the city centre.

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    Stop by for a decent selection of outdoors clothing and apparel, or in winter time to rent snow-sports equipment.

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    Gergert Sport

    Sells and repairs mountain bikes, ski equipment, and other types of outdoors gear.

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    Red Fox

    Sells camping supplies, mountaineering equipment and brand-name hiking boots.

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    Alpinist Gear

    This small shop can help outfit climbing parties with technical gear.

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    Marco Polo

    Carries a wide range of camping and outdoors equipment.

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    Clothing Stalls

    For traditional Kyrgyz goods, including white imitation-felt ak kalpak hats (80som) and colourful shepherds' chests, there are a series of stalls at the…

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    Postcards, basic maps and a mere handful of English-language books plus a museum section and a sweet, traditionally styled chaikhana room. Descend the…

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    Kork Art Gallery

    Many of the most artistically imaginative shyrdak that you see around town are created by this family company, which has several small workshops tucked…