The Best Markets To Visit In Tehran, Iran

Shaahin Pishbin

For shopaholics looking for the best products and the best deals, navigating Iran’s chaotic capital presents some sizable challenges. From food markets, to touristy goods, from bargain antiques, to everyday household items, Tehran has a bazaar for all occasions and inclinations, so long as you know where to go. Here we feature some of the best markets in the city.

Carpet bazaar, Tehran

The Grand Bazaar

Historic, expansive, and dizzying, Tehran’s Grand Bazaar should be at the top of any bargain-hunter’s agenda. The bazaar consists of over 10 kilometers of labyrinthine covered alleys, and is divided up into sections selling different types of product. Everything imaginable is up for sale here; of particular note are the jewelry and carpet sections. The frenzied atmosphere may not be every shopper’s cup of tea, but the Grand Bazaar offers a tour de force of Iranian market life, and there are plenty of teahouses and restaurants around for a moment’s respite.

Address: Panzdah-e Khordad Street, Tehran

Grand Bazaar entrance

Imam Hossein Square

Out in the east of the city at the end of the famous Enghelab Street is Imam Hossein Square, around which is found the best second-hand furniture market in the city. If you are looking to furnish an empty flat or pick up a second-hand washing machine, this is the place to come. Most appealingly, however, are the second-hand rugs you’ll find for sale around here, often at remarkably good prices.

Address: Imam Hussein Square, eastern end of Enghelab Street, Tehran

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