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Barakholka Market

Reputedly stretching for some five-kilometres, Barakholka is a truly vast rabbit-warren of stalls (actually comprised of several different bazaars each offering specific merchandise) selling literally everything one could ever want or need. From food to toys, clothing to hardware, cheap Chinese-made goods to the finest of furs, this is where Almaty residents head to shop – and barter. A close examination of the small stalls on the left-hand side of the street will reap rewards in the form of local handicrafts, and the Adem and Al-Farabi covered markets on the right are worth a look for better quality clothing and accessories. Describing it as sensory overload is perhaps an understatement and it can be an overwhelming experience for foreign visitors. If you can persuade a Russian speaker to accompany you it will make the entire process much less daunting (and bargaining more effective).

Rozibakiev Street (off Rayimbek when heading west towards Ainabulak)
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