One of the most popular shopping places in Damascus is Al-Hamidiyah market. It is a large covered gallery, located on a beautiful historic street. Here, you can purchase a lot of unique things. They sell rare spices, handicrafts, chic jewelry from local craftsmen, damask steel blades, as well as beautiful clothes and shoes in national style. Ladies are always interested in choosing olive oil-based cosmetics. In the marketplace, there are several wonderful cafes and restaurants, where you can try and buy popular national treats. Bizuria market may prove to be a great place for gastronomic shopping. Local people prefer to make purchases there because the prices are always attractive. Experienced cooks say that this market offers the best spices in the city. You can choose national sweets and other delicious gifts for your loved ones, as well. There is also a wide choice of souvenir products.Budget travellers will choose traditional magnets and inexpensive hand-made wood carvings. More exclusive handicrafts are also found here. There are many historical shoe stores in Damascus. Typically, they're combined with workshops. One of the best in the city is Semerdgian store, where they sell men's and women's footwear. All models are of the highest quality. Luxurious leather shoes can be bought at a price of $ 50, and for those who want to save money there are no less qualitative and beautiful models of artificial leather. Throughout the year, they have a flexible discount system.
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