The Zelyony Bazaar is a large, crowded, covered market with hundreds of stalls offering everything from fruits, vegetables and meats to toys, clothing and just about any other thing you can imagine. The spices available here are wonderful! In the fall you can get the delicious apples that Almaty is famous for (Almaty, or Alma-Ata, means "Father of the Apple"). It’s a good idea to peel fruit and vegetables first if you are not used to Kazakh water.
The meat section can be a little scary (OK, very scary--we have Kazakh friends who won’t even go in there). Skinned animals hang from hooks and they apparently scoff at the idea of refrigerating meats. In addition to the standard butcher fare, you can...Read More