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Area: 9,251 sq km
Capital: Nicosia
Language: Greek, Turkish
Currency: Euro
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Population: 784,301
Coastline: 648 sq km

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Shopping in North Cyprus

Designer clothes and shoes are an excellent buy in North Cyprus; however the quality and price will vary from shop to shop. The shops selling latest fashion as well as the shops supplied with casual and brand-name sport goods are available across the centre of Kyrenia, Nicosia and Famagusta in Northern Cyprus.

Description: Offers shoes and bags of different colours, shapes and sizes
Address: Osman Pasa Street Latif Apt
P. O. Box 74
Tel.: +90 392 227 38 35

Gold and silver are in abundance in North Cyprus. The prices are reasonable and the designs are unusual. Gold and silver are priced according to their weight. There are many jewellery shops to choose from in North Cyprus.

Senak Gold & Diamond
Description: Plenty of unique designs in white and yellow gold.
Address: Sea Street 13, (Deniz Sokak)
Tel.: +90 392 815 2811
Fax: +90 392 815 3891

There are many bazaar shops selling amazing collections of Turkish pottery, tiles, silk, cushion covers, scarves and ornaments of all descriptions. North Cyprus basketry products (sesta or paneri in Turkish) seem refined, and comparatively expensive; one can find really strong, large baskets suitable for clothes hampers in North Nicosia and the village of Edremit, though as in the South the items tend to be made elsewhere, in the remote villages of Serdarli, Gonendere and Gornec.

In Nicosia and Famagusta there is a limited number of junk and antique dealers with a stock of old copper and household ware. In North Cyprus the great many products are imported from Turkey, including textile and carpets predominantly, as well as ceramics, copper lanterns and other household items.

Markets in North Cyprus

In North Cyprus the markets are found in major cities, like Nicosia, Famagusta and Kyrenia and they are locally called bazaars. You can find fresh fruit and vegetables there and also clothes, shoes and stalls with souvenirs, handicrafts and other things for household.

The Bazaar in North Nicosia

If you follow Girne Caddesi (Kyrenia Street) from Sarayonu towards the Green Line, you come across the pedestrianized Arasta Sokagi, the heart of north Nicosia's main shopping district. Cloth and clothing, especially inexpensive jeans predominate, with machinist and junk metal depots in surrounding streets. As a comparison, a century ago the city had 26 different bazaars. A section of Girne Caddesi is still called the Eski Kadinlar Pazari or "Former Women's Bazaar" where female used to sell a variety of textiles and household items of interest to other women.

Arasta means a bazaar either physically built into the ground floor of a mosque, or if separate, one whose revenues go to the upkeep of a religious foundation. In this case the foundation concerned was most probably the Selimiye Camii (originally the Roman Catholic cathedral of Agia Sofia), reached by following Arasta Sokagi east until you get to the covered bazaar and the Bedesten (originally a Byzantine church). The Belediye Pazari, or covered municipal market is commonly known as "Bandabulya". This place was the main marketplace of the city during the Ottoman period and still remains a wonderful local market for fresh vegetable and meat, as well as Turkish delights and souvenirs.

Location: Arasta Sokagi
Open from: Monday - Friday 6 am - 3pm, Saturday 6 am - 1pm

Kyrenia municipal market

Location: Right behind the bus terminal or inside, open every Wednesday.

Famagusta Acik Cuma Pazari (Famagusta market)

Location: between bus terminal and Lemar store, open every Friday

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