Algeria Shopping and Districts
(Algeria, DZ, North Africa)
Algeria is a great place to shop for gifts to take home or local souvenirs. Carpets, jewellery and crafted wood items are all good souvenirs to look out for. As well as craft and street markets, most towns have a few small shops where it is possible to pick up something a little different.
When you are out shopping, it is worth bearing in mind that prices can vary widely. It helps to look at what else is on offer before making your purchase. Larger cities in Algeria offer state-run shops, which are also a useful way of finding out the general cost of items.
It's usual to try some bargaining when you're making your purchase, particularly at traditional markets.
When to Shop and Opening Hours
In Algeria, shops are usually closed for just one day in the week - Friday. General opening hours are between 09:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 19:00.
Where to Shop
Visitors who want to engage in some retail therapy should head to the vibrant Rue Didouche Mourad street in Algiers, where there is plenty of opportunity to spend your holiday money.
A few supermarkets have arrived in Algeria in recent years. These are located in the larger cities, such as Algiers and Oran, and include those operated by French hypermarket chain, Carrefour.
Outside Algiers, you will always find a market where you can purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, olives and dates, as well as an array of spices.
Markets are also great places to buy locally made handicrafts and souvenirs. In the south of Algeria, look out for items made by the local Tuareg people.