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Shopping in Azerbaijan

Baku boasts a wide selection of shops, shopping centres and boutiques, which cater mostly to the fast-growing moneyed elite. So unless you want an overpriced Rolex watch or a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes, there's not much for the visitor there.

That said, things to shop for include caviar (unless you're worried about contributing to the extinction of the caviar-producing Caspian sturgeon), pottery, regional clothing and handicrafts (wooden goblets, wine horns and Azerbaijani daggers).

Carpets are also a good buy – either elaborate Iranian carpets or simpler but more vibrant kilims from Dagestan – but make sure that you get a receipt to avoid problems with customs. If you are intent on acquiring an Azeri carpet, you are advised to visit the carpet-weaving centre at Nardaran.

Locally produced silk, ceramics and other craftwork is sold at the Sharg Bazary (a modern, covered market) in Baku.

Shopping hours are generally Monday-Sunday, 10 am-6 pm. Some shops remain open until 7 pm. Some old-fashioned shops may close for an hour during the afternoon.




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