Shopping in Kyrgyzstan

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    Tumar Art Salon

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

  • Shopping in Osh

    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). Flavoured brandies make great gifts and there are also herb-honey liqueurs infused with barberry, walnut, buckthorn or pomegranate. A stand-bar allows you to taste your purchases – once you've paid.

  • Shopping in Kochkor

    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 office, this NGO provides trainings and a showroom for local craftswomen and 73% of proceeds go directly back to local families.

  • Shopping in Bokonbaevo

    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 group. It's exactly two blocks due north of the CBT office – look for signs on the road in from Karakol.

  • Shopping in Osh

    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 and craft beers – music to the ears of travellers who have been too long in the mountains.

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    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 support artisans in the village across Issyk-Kol.

  • Shopping in Karakol

    One Village One Product

    Beautifully presented selection of locally sourced products including delicious jam and apricot juices from Jeti-Öghüz, natural soaps from Tasma, threadless slippers, beeswax candles, silk-felt hybrid products, toys, hats and more.

  • Shopping in Karakol

    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 to know the stories of absolutely everything in the store.

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    Kolobok

    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 Bishkek.

  • Shopping in Osh

    Saimalu Tash

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

  • Shopping in Naryn

    Kyrgyz Uz

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

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    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.

  • Shopping in Karakol

    Arashan

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

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    Gergert Sport

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

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    Red Fox

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

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    Alpinist Gear

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

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    Marco Polo

    Carries a wide range of camping and outdoors equipment.

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    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 south tip of the Khial building in Osh Bazaar (limited activity on Mondays).

  • Shopping in Bishkek

    Raritet

    Postcards, basic maps and a mere handful of English-language books plus a museum section and a sweet, traditionally styled chaikhana room. Descend the stairs from the west side of the Dom Druzhby building just off Ala-Too Square.

  • Shopping in Karakol

    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 into the ageing buildings behind the contrastingly spruce shop.