Located in the center of town right next to the Rahat Chocolate Factory, this is a great place to sample some interesting produce from Kazakhstan and beyond. It’s slightly more upmarket than other bazaars in the city, but it makes up for it with the civilization of buyers and sellers and the large array of interesting foods.
A good place to stock up on nuts and dried fruits from the Uzbek sales people and salads from the Korean ladies. Be sure to dig into the vast world of milky products as well. Little of it will appeal to your sense of taste, but, seen as a culinary exploration, it titillates the taste buds. The meat section will shock Anglo-Saxons who are not used to eating horse meat.
In the basement, prices are lower than on the top floor. The Dungan lady on the corner near the Korean salads has an amazing array of spice mixes.
The outside stalls are the place for fresh vegetables in summer. If you come really early (between 5 and 7) the wholesale market on Zenkov street outside of the Green Bazaar offers the lowest prices. Across the street on the back of the Green Bazaar, a miniature Uyghur district lives. It’s where I do my shopping.