Street of Storytellers


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Street of Storytellers

The part of Khyber Bazaar known as Qissa Khawani, or the "street of storytellers", is where traders and travellers of olde shared tales of grand adventures in foreign lands - hence the poetic nickname. Much has changed since, but Qissa Khawani remains a vibrant market street, where clothing, teas, spices, crockery and metal housewear are still sold.


Shopping is an art form in Peshawar, where avid bargain-hunters will feel right at home. Haggling is well-expected at markets (initial prices can be easily brought down by at least a third), and is even acceptable at some shops where prices appear to be fixed. Items to look out for include traditional chapli sandals, Afghani pakol (wool hats), pottery, brass and copper wares, quality fabrics, woven rugs, and more. Note that some areas, such as the Smugglers' Market, are best visited with a local guide.