Chorsu Bazaar is situated in the centre of the old town of Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital city. Chorsu is a Persian word meaning “crossroads” or “four streams”. Chorsu Bazaar is easily accessible; this traditional bazaar is across the Chorsu Station of the Tashkent Metro, close to Kukeldosh Madrasah. Chorsu Bazaar has existed for hundreds years. Chorsu Bazaar is also widely recognized as the biggest and oldest bazaar in Uzbekistan and in Central Asia. Chorsu Bazaar has played a significant role both in economy and social in the society. Chorsu Bazaar is not only a market place where visitors come and go to trade but is also a melting pot where people gather, talk, and share their lives. Tashkent itself has been known as an important trade centre since the old time; no wonder Chorsu Bazaar is enormous, colorful, and complete. Any daily necessities under its blue-colored domed building are sold, from low quality cheap plastic, spice, fruits and vegetables, icon-carpets made in China, gorgeous embroidered jackets, sparkling jewelry, and much more.
Take Chorsu Bazaar Tour For Your Best Experience
1. Souvenirs Shopping
After a day or two exploring the major sights of Uzbekistan, you just can’t miss this oriental Chorsu Bazaar. Journey is never complete without paying a visit to the local markets. Chorsu Bazaar is a perfect place to immerse yourself with the locals; where else can you find unfamiliar language spoken, tradition outfit worn, local cuisine cooked, or stories shared? You won’t be able to resist buying some souvenirs for your friends and family; choose the one that you like, from jewelry, painted cradles, gold embroidery, quilted men’s and women’s caftans, or national musical instruments. You can also find designer carpets from Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand, Turkey, Afghanistan and other places. Chorsu Bazaar will always remind you that you are right in the heart of the Silk Road; it is also the perfect time to show off your bargaining skills.
Chorsu Bazaar is a heaven for food lovers! Foods are abundant; you will definitely need a whole day here to explore the entire Chorsu bazaar; you just can’t pass by the hundreds food stalls without having a look and tasting the offered fruits, dry fruits and other items. A variety of spices is hard to miss. Among the so many varieties, you can find red and black pepper, thyme and cloves, nutmeg and cardamom. The combination of unique aroma in the air is so refreshing. Rice, sugar, white balls of Kurts, dried cottage cheese are easy to find. You may also want to buy apricots, almonds, pistachios, walnuts and peanuts. The local salesmen never stop shouting loud and call visitors to buy their products. Uzbekistan’s cuisine, such as horse meat is right in front of you. Make sure you try naryn, a dish consisting of julienned boiled horse meat and fresh pasta, served hot or cold. Sliced kazy, a sausage of dried horse meat and fat in very large strips, is also a must-try before leaving Chorsu Bazaar.
3. Pictures Hunting
The rich culture of Uzbekistan is clearly portrayed in Chorsu Bazaar, making it a great spot among photography enthusiasts. If you are passionate in street photography, you’ll spend hours pointing your camera at the sellers calling for buyers, the little ones running between the stalls, or the men carrying carts. Always ask permission to do so. Food photographers will never run out of objects to snap. The abundant variety of fruits and vegetables will certainly produce vivid colorful images. Long story short, Chorsu Bazaar will satisfy your hunger for photo objects whatever genres you are interested in.
How to Get Tickets?
You don’t need to purchase admission ticket to enter Chorsu Bazaar.
How To Get Around?
Chorsu Bazaar is best explored on foot; it is fascinatingly huge with hundreds of stalls to explore.
What Should I Wear?
To experience the best fun in Chorsu Bazaar, put on your most comfortable wear. Light fabric such as cotton is a great option. Tee or tank and shorts or jeans will make a great outfit. Wear your most comfortable good quality footwear; you may spend hours on foot exploring Chorsu Bazaar. It is also recommended to save all your belongings, including your wallet in your backpack, before heading off.
Best Time to Visit
Chorsu Bazaar is open every day of the week from early morning until late in the evening.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, Chorsu Bazaar is easy to explore.
How To Get There?
If you wish to take the public transport, metro is easy to use. Chorsu Metro Station, which is a stop for many busses, is situated near Chorsu Bazaar. Taxis are also easily accessible.
The widely spoken language in Uzbekistan is Russian. English is not widely used.