Macedonian Traditions at the Old Bazaar in Skopje

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Skopje is just a quick jaunt from the main square. The Old Bazaar has so much to offer in the way of living history, fantastic shopping and dining opportunities to die for. The tranquil beauty of the area has attracted artists for years and is a perfect spot for a freelance writer to settle in with their trusty tablet and feel the tranquility take over.

Macedonian Traditions at the Old Bazaar in Skopje
Macedonian Traditions at the Old Bazaar in Skopje

Step Back To Family Tradition

This National Landmark, dating back to the 16th century, boasts a litany of craftsman shops from goldsmiths and coppersmiths to shoemakers and leather workers and more. Rather than the usual souvenirs that are mass produced approximations of local symbols, in the Bazaar you will find hand crafted treasures made by local families that pass their passions down from one generation to the next. More than the quality of the products, what you find here is an old world charm and ease cut apart from modern rush about life adding to the Old Bazaar’s reputation as one of the most significant in the Balkans.

Art and Culture – Alive and Well

Museums and galleries intermingle with the family shops making this a center for culture. Buildings that were once used as places for travelers to stay and rest have been transformed to make way for concerts, exhibitions and other culture events prompted by the thriving group of creative types that have made Skopje their home. Take some time to visit some of the most popular art galleries, you will not be disappointed and visiting freelance writers will likely be inspired to do a little creating of their own. Attesting to the artistic vibe of the place many scenes from the Macedonian romantic comedy “The Third Half” were set here.

Perhaps part of the draw to the area for artists, freelance writers, musicians and others is the complex development of the social aspect of Skopje shaped by the many cultures and religions that have come together in the area as a part of the trade expansion. Thanks to this melting pot of people the Old Bazaar is home to a number of mosques such as the Mustafa Pasha Mosque, and churches including the Church of the Holy Saviour, as well as Kurshumuli An and many other religious landmarks.

Delightful Dining

Freelance writers, artists, shopkeepers and religious have one thing in common, they all must eat. Tourists can take good advantage of the authentic foods made from recipes passed down from one generation to the next available on every corner and down every pathway. The prices are low so you will not break the budget by visiting more than once. In an environment that is entirely unpretentious you can experience the old world tastes of Skopje, particularly the kebaps which are phenomenal. Take time to sit at a tea house as a break in your shopping and site seeing in the afternoon and in the evening enjoy a glass of rakija (it’s strong, beware) and relax with the locals.


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