Shopping Tour of Bishkek, Bishkek (Self Guided)

Bishkek offers an amazing shopping experience, as you can find a variety of interesting local products, such as uniquely-designed Kyrgyz rugs, handmade pottery and jewelry made with semiprecious stones from the mountains in the area. Take this self-guided tour to explore the stores, boutiques and markets of Bishkek.
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Shopping Tour of Bishkek Map

Guide Name: Shopping Tour of Bishkek
Guide Location: Kyrgyzstan » Bishkek (See other walking tours in Bishkek)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 4
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: vickyc
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Tumar Art Salon

1) Tumar Art Salon

Kyrgyzstan is famous for its handmade embroidery crafted by skillful local women. Tumar Art Salon, located in the center of the city, offers high-quality embroidery. There are a variety of items for sale, including hand-crafted, embroidered puppets. The store's wide selection of embroidered items reflect the history, tradition and culture of the Kyrgyz people.
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Ak Emir Bazaar

2) Ak Emir Bazaar (must see)

Ak Emir Bazaar is one of the most colorful markets in Bishkek. It sells mainly local food products. Here you will find interesting delicacies that you probably have never tasted. You can also buy more familiar items, such as roast chicken, honey products, pickled salads and more. There is also some Russian-style food like 'pirojkis', as well as exotic fruit and vegetables.
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ZUM Souvenirs Floor

3) ZUM Souvenirs Floor

ZUM is a large shop that used to be found in all cities of the former Soviet Union. This typical Soviet department store sells everything, from toiletries to new electronics, but if you go up to the top floor you will find local Bishkek souvenirs. These range from jewels to Bishkek rugs to pottery and more. There are also antiques that were sold during the Soviet era.
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Detsky Mir

4) Detsky Mir

Detsky Mir, or Baby Land Shop in English, offers all kinds of merchandise for kids, from games and school supplies to clothes and shoes. This type of shop once existed in every city in the former Soviet Union. There is a cafe with a playground in the shop. In Russian the cafe is called "Chudo Ostrov", which translates to wonderful island. The cafe offers European and Central Asian cuisine.

Walking Tours in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Create Your Own Walk in Bishkek

Create Your Own Walk in Bishkek

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bishkek is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part II

Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part II

There are several art galleries in Bishkek, most of which are gallery-shops so you can buy the art that you like. These galleries display traditional and contemporary Kyrgyz art: paintings, pottery, ceramics and more. Take this self-guided tour to gain a better understanding of Kyrgyz art.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part I

Museums & Galleries Tour of Bishkek, Part I

There are many interesting museums in Bishkek, the largest city in the former Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic. Visit the history museum, which teaches about the city and country's fascinating past. Also be sure to see the unusual open air museum that features sculptures by masters from all over the former Soviet Union. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most popular museums in Bishkek.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Monuments Tour of Bishkek

Monuments Tour of Bishkek

There are many monuments in Bishkek dedicated to important people who have played a significant role in shaping the history and culture of Kyrgyzstan. A number of these monuments are dedicated to Soviet leaders. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bishkek's most famous monuments.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Cultural Tour of Bishkek

Cultural Tour of Bishkek

Bishkek is the cultural center of Kyrgyzstan. The city has a wide variety of theaters, operas, cinemas and libraries. Russia had a profound impact on Kyrgyzstan's culture, which you will notice on this tour. Come explore the rich culture of Bishkek and the Kyrgyz people.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Daily Life Tour of Bishkek

Daily Life Tour of Bishkek

To better understand the daily life of Bishkek residents, visit the locals' favorite spots. Explore the bars, shops, churches, and cinemas where locals spend most of their time when not at home. Take this self-guided tour to discover the more personal side of Bishkek.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Set against the backdrop of Central Asia's Tian Shan mountains at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, abounds in spacious squares, wide boulevards, marble-faced public buildings and multiple monuments reflecting the country's history including, primarily, the Soviet period. These and other prominent sights make up this tour and allow visitors to...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bishkek for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bishkek has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bishkek, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.