TEHRAN (MNA) – If you are tourist in Tehran yearning to see the best and the most of Iranian handicrafts in one place, I suggest you pay a visit to the ‘Friday Bazaar’ at Parvaneh Parking Garage on Jomhouri Street.
As the name suggests, the bazaar is set up on Fridays only (any other day, it’s just an ordinary, multi-floored parking garage jampacked with cars), open from 8 AM to 4 PM (better to visit in the morning, though, as the place becomes overcrowded and difficult to navigate through as the day progresses). The easiest way to get there is to use the subway. While it is true that being underground deprives you of much sightseeing, Tehran’s subway system is actually pretty decent, very clean and efficient, if only a bit bland in appearance, and it helps you avoid traffic jams and the scorching sun if you made the brave choice of traveling to Tehran during summer. On the subway, get off at Sa’adi Station on Line 1, and from there, it’s a four-minute walk up the Jomhouri St. to your destination.
Over the years, the ‘Parvaneh’ Friday Bazaar has become an iconic spot for many artists, artisans and sellers from all across Iran, who gather every Friday in downtown Tehran to put their handicrafts, antique objects, and so many trinkets and weird-looking works of art that you can’t find anywhere else, on sale for the interested visitors and tourists.
There is so much to see (and buy!) in this place, so make sure you plan carefully for your purchases (or risk having to go back home on foot and with empty pockets.) But you don’t have to worry about buyer’s remorse, at least. The things you have bought at the Friday Bazaar (or Jomeh Bazaar, as is said in Persian), rest assured, you can’t find them anywhere else in the world.