Visit one of the most famous shopping streets in Baku and find something to take home with you. Nizami Street, also known as Targoviy Street, hosts myriad shops, restaurants, cafés, and coffee shops. The shopping area is considered to be the most central part of Baku and is named after classical Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi. The pedestrianized avenue has a rich variety of shops, including small outlets, large international brands, and souvenir stores.
Enjoy a stroll down to this bustling thoroughfare and enjoy a rich variety of shops. Shoppers should start their journey at Fountain Square, where all the high-end fashion boutiques and the most stylish of restaurants are to be found. Notable stores you might like to visit include Bata, a large store of the originally Czech shoe giant which is hugely popular in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. If you're more of a bookworm than a fashionista, then Ali & Nino Bookstore has a fantastic English language selection, as well as a free book-swap shelf in their cafe. Foodies should take the time to stop into Patchi, a high-end purveyor of Lebanese chocolates, packed into expensive silver and glass objects. The same company once teamed up with Harrods to make the most expensive box of chocolates ever created. For the complete retail experience all under one roof, don't forget to head to TsUM Shopping Store. The largest department store in Baku, it contains several floors filled with stalls that sell everything you can imagine—the variety is just incredible.
Beauty and the feast
Nizami Street isn't just for shopping, either; wander up the street and admire the rich architecture of the many European embassies that are housed there, featuring 19th century Baroque, Renaissance, and Neo-Gothic styles. Or simply take a seat and watch the world go by on this bustling thoroughfare. The street is famous for its restaurants and you can choose from, traditional Asian and European cuisine, as well as many famous brands such as Hard Rock Baku, and various fast food outlets. If it's a drink you're after, popular coffee shops like Starbucks and Coffee Shop Company are also located here, often with outdoor seating, while there are a number of pubs in the vicinity, too. Another remarkable feature of the street is its lights. It's well worth a visit to this street at night time, as the buildings are covered in pretty illuminations and decorations, with chandeliers hanging from the center of the street, to create a passage of light wherever you look. Whenever you visit, Nizami Street is Baku's premium shopping option, and if you're on the hunt for a gift, souvenir, or just a little treat for yourself, it's a fine place to spend time.
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