Whenever someone goes on vacation they like to bring back souvenirs for their friends and family. If you are heading to Algeria you might wonder where the best places to pick up souvenirs are. Here is a look at some of the common souvenirs people purchase while in Algeria and where you can find them when you visit the country.
Types of Souvenirs. The most common types of souvenirs include leatherware that is handcrafted, hand woven rugs, copper jewelry and brass items. Local dresses and outfits are also common souvenirs. Some souvenirs that are local to the area also include intricately dyed basketwork that comes from the Sahara region and Berber carpets that are handcrafted and beautifully designed. Handcrafted pottery is also very popular in the Algerian area. Pottery is usually painted in beautiful colors and by hand.
Purchasing Items on the Streets. Algeria is filled with a lot of street vendors. Some of the best souvenirs come from these street vendors. There are a few things to remember when purchasing items from street vendors in Algeria. First, you should make sure that the items are not counterfeit. Counterfeit items can land you in trouble with the Algerian government as well as the United States government. Second, bargaining is a very big part of the street vendor service. So what price they ask is not what they expect and you have a lot of room to bargain when it comes to street vendors and small local Algerian shops. The best place to find small local shops and street vendors is at the rue Didouche Mourad which is the largest shopping district in Algeria.
Base Priced Stores. There are three places that you can purchase base priced items. These items are set at a price and there is no bargaining required. You can purchase the items at the Algiers airport and two locally run craft centers.