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Chorsu Bazaar, the essential Tashkent market

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Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent

Market in Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent

Despite decay, wars and forgetfulness, the city continued to grow and today the market is relatively framed among what remains at the foot of the Old Tashkent, the Planetarium building, the Circus, the Kukeldash Madrasa and the Djuma Mosque.

The main area is under and around the green dome we see as we leave the subway station. There is another product sales area, more focused on textiles, to the left of the fence that borders it and that we must travel to reach the main entrance.

Going up the steps, where we can find the typical Uzbek ceramic figurines, we access the fruit and vegetable market, with fresh produce that farmers around the city grow to sell here.

At the Market in Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent

Walking through the Market in Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent

Huge sacks of elongated onions are stacked in six heights at one end while the aisles that separate the stalls are traveled by housewives, with long dresses and scarves covering the hair, in search of the most suitable products. From lemons to grapes, from fruits to vegetables, all possible varieties in Central Asia have their representation there.

Market visit in Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent

And if one anticipates that the purchase is going to be bulky and heavy, you can always turn to men-cart, which for a small fee will accompany the buyer or buyer for as long as necessary and push a metallic wheel cart with the bags of merchandise purchased.

Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent

In other domes, also green, are the areas dedicated to meat products, with wakes, smells and visions They are not suitable for eyes accustomed to the hygienic plasticized white trays of our supermarkets.

As I said when I talked about this area to exchange your money for Uzbek soms, Chorsu Bazar is located north of the city and can be reached by taxi - which should not cost you more than 3000 soms from anywhere in the center - or in the recommended Tashkent Metro, taking Line 2 (Blue) and stopping at Chorsu.

Whether you have exchanged currency in the black market of Tashkent or not, visiting Chorsu is one of the few essential things to do in the capital of Uzbekistan.

Photos | Avistu

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