I don’t usually enjoy shopping in crowded places but there is a market here in Islamabad that has a certain charm. It is open on Fridays, Sundays and Tuesdays and sells fruit, vegetables, meat, cooked food, baskets and household items. It is called Jumma (Friday) Bazaar or Itwar (Sunday) Bazaar. (I don’t know what it is called on Tuesdays :P)
It is quite an interesting place, for sure, if you know your way around. My mother-in-law’s helper, Anees, is a resourceful little thing who has managed to land numerous bargains like beautiful serving bowls and glasses, branded winter wear and miniature toys for my girls at excitingly low prices :)
I’m rubbish at photography but here are some shots of a market day in Islamabad…
The bazaar is a good place to buy groceries in bulk as it is cheaper than the neighbourhood markets. You don’t get to choose your vegetables and fruits usually, unless you’ve established a good relationship with the grocers though, so you may end up with food that is less than fresh.
Most of the serrano chillies sold in Pakistan are green. Pakistanis do not use fresh/blended red chillies generally (no sambal tumis for me!) and use chilli powder instead .
I think these radishes look pretty and dress up salads very nicely even though I don’t like the taste :)
I like chalkboards and slates like these which are used all over the bazaar. It gives such a vintage feel. I just wish I had done a better job on the photo – so much noise evident!!!
Traditional balance scales… how quaint!
Oh the Farmer’s Markets of PK!! I am envious :) We also do our shopping at markets like these and I distinctly remember going to the Jumah Bazaar when I was young! There is something about the “vintage” feel that is so comforting and cozy, don’t you think? It’s funny how we wish for the “old fashioned” ways so much more now…
I’ve just asked K to take us there again so we can explore the other stalls :P Stay tuned!
I LOVE markets like this! My Urdu’s not brilliant but is Tuesday “Mangal”? Or is that Monday? :)
Yes! Tuesday IS Mangal! Dunno if they call it Mangal Bazaar though LOL! You know what is really funny? The crazy signs here. There was one pointing to the bazaar and it said Atwar Bazaar. (Must be a Punjabi who painted it? LOL) Needless to say, my kids were making loads of corny jokes about who was battling whom…
Oh Masha Allaah reminds me of Sri Lanka back home!
wa `alaykum as salaam :)
Oh you need to post them pics on your blog Umm Maimoonah :)
oh how you have reminded me of Pak, not that I admired the jumah bazar when I was living in Pak :) jazakillaah for sharing!
wa `alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh :)
Wa iyyaki! I don’t know why I like these quaint places… I think I’m just getting old and really ‘aunty’ :P