A multitude of stores, sidewalk shops, and food stands operate in the Erbil bazaar, in the shadow of the Citadel. The heart of the bazaar is inside a large enclosed structure roofed with corrugated metal. Storefronts of various sizes are packed together and grouped by product. These include,
Vendors sell food from carts and stands interspersed throughout the bazaar, even during Ramadan.
Tangled wires hang above the shoppers, keeping the store lights on.
Outside, a ring of shops and restaurants surround the inner bazaar.
The bazaar area extends outside of this circle, and includes a variety of shops, including the rug store below. The wool rugs were handmade in Kurdistan, and the tapestries were probably machine made in Iran. The rug I purchased is my favorite souvenir.
At the "Family Mall," I found these pollywog dolls. Dolls like these were once popular in the west but have disappeared, for obvious reasons.
At a grocery store, I found a multitude of canned hot dogs. I cannot imagine that they taste very good.
This photo was taken at another grocery store. The Kurds are not squeamish about the origin of their meat.
Shopping in Kurdistan was in many ways like shopping anywhere else. The major differences I noticed was the mass of small businesses of various types all crammed together. I suppose that Iraq has not yet been afflicted with zoning laws. In addition, small family owned businesses outnumbered large chain stores. This made shopping slightly less convenient but a lot more interesting.