Visit Guide to Samarkand Siob Bazaar

If you want to really get acquainted with the eastern city, go directly to the bazaar. The territory of the bazaar is very decent, tourists will be interested primarily in the upper part of the market. They sell dried fruits, sweets and nuts, all kinds of spices, vegetables and fruits, as well as the freshest Samarkand tortillas. Sellers are very colorful, tourists are not afraid, buyers are invited, they gamely bargain and give in.

Getting There

Siab Bazaar is located in the central part of the city of Samarkand, in the so-called old city (Uzbek: Eski shahar;. ShaриRi kнаna). It is located at the intersection of Tashkent and Shahi Zinda streets.

Don’t know how to get to Siab Bazaar in Oqdaryo, Uzbekistan? We will help you find the best way to get to Siab Bazaar from the nearest public transport stop. Looking for a stop or station near Siab Bazaar? Check the list of the nearest stops to your destination: Sha-I-Zinda Park; Siyob Bozori; Imam Al Bukhari St.; Ul. Shakhi Zinda. You can get to Siab Bazaar by bus.

These lines and routes have stops nearby: (Bus) 1, 12, 17, 77, 9. The main Samarkand bazaar is located right in the historical center, a 10-minute walk from the Registan and directly next to the Bibi Khanum Mosque.

What to Expect

Tourists can buy a wide variety of goods at the bazaar, including Samarkand tortillas and tandyr-nan, vegetables and fruits, household products and so on. The market is known for its variety of meat products. You can find absolutely everything at the bazaar.

The shopping malls in the bazaar are divided by the types of goods sold on them: food, meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, oriental sweets, spices, cereals, bread and tortillas. Separate pavilions with shops are allocated for clothing and household accessories.

In addition, there are craft rows in the bazaar, where the manufacture of certain products is also made by craftsmen right on the spot and sold. Among the presented crafts are wood carving, forging and engraving on copper and other types of metal.


The most exiting oriental market in Samarkand The area of today’s central market of Samarkand was the southern trading and crafts suburb of the city in 8th and 13th centuries. By the late 13th to early 14th centuries this territory had become a focus for urban revival after the extinction of life on Afrasiab.

Craft workshops and trading stalls, warehouses and caravansarais located between Registan and Afrasiab were the busy center of public life in Samarkand until the beginning of the last century. Public holidays were usually held near these places, and merchants from China, India and Iran met there to buy and exchange goods.

Situated next to the mosque and mausoleum of Bibi-Khanum, the central market of Samarkand no longer has its old buildings, but still keeps alive the spirit of the ancient trading culture of the great city, with dried fruits and nuts, traditional sweets, honey and dairy products and bread.

The many chai-khanas (pavilions for tea drinking) nearby are filled with the atmosphere of traditional Samarkand hospitality.

And finally, the characteristic Samarkand bread – “obi-non”, baked in clay furnaces, is on sale in the market. This round type of bread which looks like the Sun’s disk is famous for its special taste and the originality of its decoration.

Facilities Available

The Siyob Hotel is located not far from the bazaar. “Siyob” is very much appreciated by tourists and locals. From the hotel to the sights of Registan, Bibihanum, Shahi Zinda, Hazrati Khizir Mausoleum and others are a 5-minute walk away.

Near the bazaar there are many European and national restaurants, European and national cuisines.