Shopping Tour of Bishkek (Self Guided), Bishkek

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 or 2.3 Miles
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.
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 or 3 Miles
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 or 1.7 Miles
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 or 3.6 Miles
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 or 3 Miles
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 or 2.8 Miles
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 or 3.6 Miles