Osh Bazaar or Osh Market is basically a traditional market located in the western part of Bishkek. Inside Osh Bazaar, you can find almost everything from clothes until meat. You can also find some Krygyz traditional food and beverage such as Krygyz bread or nan and Kyrgyz fermented milk called kymy.Not only that you can buy their traditional food you can also stroll around to find some spices and also oil. Osh Bazaar can be called as the most complete place on earth since the stalls inside sells so many products for the sake of human living.
A Tour in Osh Bazaar
1. Street Food Hunting
The best thing about a traditional market is its street food. Inside Osh Bazaar, there are plenty of foods that you can choose to feel your hungry tummy. First of all, you must try the famous nanbread or a baked bread traditionally from Kyrgyzstan. Next, you can try their fermented milk called kymyz.If you still find yourself hungry, make sure to try their plov or pilau rice cooked with meat. To finish your street food hunting their, buy samsas or baked bread with meat inside as a snack as you tour around the market.
2. Clothes Hunting
A traditional market is not a market without its clothes. If you are planning to go to the clothes section, make sure that you have finished all your tour on the previous market since the clothes section is located in the southern part of the market that you need to take a trolleybus to go there. Here, you can buy the national clothes of Kyrgyzstan called kyyal in the national goods section. Buy some kyyal and give it to your friends and family as a souvenirs.
3. Spice and Oil Hunting
A country in Central Asia is famous for its various kind of spices. Osh Bazaar is the perfect place for those of you who are learning on how to make Asian food. Here, you can buy the spices in a size of cup. There are various cup in many size so that it can help you take how much that you need.
4. Sweets Hunting
Kyrgyzstan people like to eat sweet things. So, it is a compulsory to try their sweets here. There are plenty of stalls that sells sweets. The sweets here are all made from fruit with two techniques which are dried and pickled. There are also peanuts for those of you who are a fans of it. Make sure that you try the sweets first so that you won't regret on buying it.
How to Get Tickets?
If you are planning on visiting Osh Bazaar, there is no entrance ticket needed. However, you need to prepare your money for parking fee if you are going there with a car.
How To Get Around?
To get around Osh Bazaar is best to go by foot because you will try so many new things here and it makes you easily stop and go again if you go by foot.
What Should I Wear?
To have some tour around Osh Bazaar, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Just wear something comfortable but still covering your arms and also knees since Kyrgyzstan is a country where the citizens are dominantly Muslim, so you might as well respect their norms. Also, wear a comfortable shoes or sandals so that you can walk around the market easily.
Best Time to Visit
Osh Bazaar is open from early morning until evening. It is best to visit the market on Monday since it will not be too crowded.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, it is very easy to go around the market.
How To Get There?
To get to Osh Bazaar from the center of Bishkek, you can just walk directly. It will only take around minutes of walking in an alley that will bring you to the market
Since you are going to a market, pickpockets are very common there. Make sure that you put your wallet and identity in a safe place. Wear you backpacks in front so that you can control it.