No matter how comfortable and accessible modern supermarkets are, the majority of the citizens of the Turkmen capital still do their shopping in bazaars. It is natural that an exotic Asian assortment from Turkmenistan's fields and vegetable gardens is on sale here. Melons, pomegranates, grapes, and dried fruit and vegetables are sold all year round.
A tempting smell leads better than any guidebook to the fast food stalls. Golden pastries are fried here, juicy "manty" (meat dumplings) are for sale, and a wonderful drink, "chal" (a fermented drink made from camel's milk) is offered. A little further, the smoke from the barbeques indicates the place where fragrant mutton shish-kebab (shashlik) is being roasted.
The rhythm of life in the market creates a very positive mood for shopping!