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Green Bazaar

Discover the diverse roots of Kazakhstani cuisine in the Modernist temple of the Winter Pavilion, descend into the bazaar’s secret dungeon and feast on beshparmak, horse sausage pasta. 

The Green Bazaar

Almaty’s most historic and central market, the Green Bazaar is a must-visit for any traveler, but the exotic goods for sale often require some interpretation — Why is that butter wrapped in a sheep stomach? Are those horse ribs? And why are the tea vendors selling dried snakes?


It’s also a labyrinthine mess where one can easily lose oneself in the underwear kiosks and end up missing the bazaar’s most hidden charms. Most tourists will find the bazaar’s iconic Winter Pavilion, with its soaring pyramidal sunlights, but what about the easy-to-miss cavern of used Soviet books, or the locals-only noodle shops? 


On our famous market tour, we sip coffee on a balcony over the bazaar before circling the trading floor to meet our friendly partners in each department. We’ll chat with Ahmadzhon, a dried melon vendor from Samarkand, and Valeriya, a honey seller from the Altai, trying samples without pressure and learning about the diverse influences of Kazakhstani cuisine, an underrated amalgam of East Asian, Turkic, Caucasian and Slavic recipes. Our tour finishes with your choice of lunch - plov or beshbarmak (horse sausage pasta), either one served with a birds-eye view of the bazaar. “As Bolsyn,” as Kazakhs say — Bon apetit!

What You'll See

  • Kyzyl Tan fabric store

  • Winter Pavillion food vendors

  • Bowler Dutch Coffeeshop

  • Soviet used book store

  • Laghmankhana (noodle house)

  • Rakhat candy shop

  • …and more!

What You'll Learn

  • Why do the nut vendors sell apricot seeds covered in ash?

  • How did Korean kimchi end up in Kazakhstan - and why do locals call their tofu “asparagus”?

  • What can Kazakh butchery tell us about traditional family roles?

  • What Green Bazaar product is used in witchcraft?

  • What’s that floating in your horse milk? 


 Starting Point 

Kyzyl Tan Fabric Store

Jibek Joly St. and Valikhanov St.

Nearby: Panfilov Park, Arbat

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1 km (0.6 miles)

Gentle walk, some steps

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Everything you'd ever want

A charming tour guide!

Coffee and noodles (served separately!)


 Ending Point 

Green Bazaar (Winter Pavilion)

Jibek Joly St. and Zenkov St.

Nearby: Panfilov Park, Central Mosque



1.5-2.5 hours

Walk fast? We might finish early.

Have a lot of questions? We might finish late. 


 Not Included 

Various indulgences

Transportation to/from tour

Horse milk

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