Saddar Bazaar


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Saddar Bazaar

A city's busiest shopping area across Pakistan and India is often known as "saddar", Peshawar being no exception. The array of shops and vendors is simply staggering, and may prove overwhelming to the unprepared visitor, so do consider hiring a local guide. Haggling is acceptable at both markets and stores.


Shopping is an art form in Peshawar, where avid bargain-hunters will feel right at home. Haggling is well-expected at markets (initial prices can be easily brought down by at least a third), and is even acceptable at some shops where prices appear to be fixed. Items to look out for include traditional chapli sandals, Afghani pakol (wool hats), pottery, brass and copper wares, quality fabrics, woven rugs, and more. Note that some areas, such as the Smugglers' Market, are best visited with a local guide.