Even if bazaars sound old-fashioned and barely noticeable among modern day shopping malls, you can’t help stopping by. The reason being the enticing aromas that emerge. Baku bazaars are a true paradise for epicures. The feast begins with the arrival of spring. Even if you don’t need anything, you still go to the bazaar to enjoy the scent of fresh herbs. These juicy herbs come in handy after winter and it is usually from the greengrocers’ stalls that the people of Baku set off on their tour.
Within walking distance of the Old City (IcheriSheher), right at the heart of the city’s historical quarter, there is the Passage Bazaar.
It is not the oldest bazaar in the city and it derives its name from the first oil boom at the dawn of the 20th century. Only a kilometre away there is an even older bazaar, called KomurchuBazari (Coal Bazaar). As was the case in the past, there are still numerous handicraft shops there, as well as shops selling charcoal and coal.Up the road from the HeydarAliyev Palace, there is one of the oldest Baku bazaars, called Teze Bazaar. This one is about 80 years old and is best known for the availability of fresh sturgeon and other seafood from the Caspian, as well as the wonderful black caviar. The Sharg (Oriental) Bazari is close to the central railway station. It fully lives up to its name, both in terms of its architecture and in the assortment of merchandise. There are bazaars in almost every district of Baku and settlement of Absheron.Every city in Azerbaijan has it’s own unique bazaar where you will find food, handicrafts, spices, etc at the Bazaar. If you are not from Azerbaijan, tag along an Azerbaijani friend so that you can bargain with the shopkeepers for a more favourable price.