Walking around the Qaysari Bazaar and watching the artisans in their tiny shops is extremely fun. Professions that are mostly lost in many places in Anatolia continue to exist here. It’s possible to see coppersmiths in one street and tinsmiths in another as well as woodworker, confectioner and blanketmakers showing off their skills in others.
The homemade food restaurants overflow with customers at midday. Erbil is also famous for its dessert, Lefe and especially the Falafel that’s made with pea. The meat dishes are also spectacular; the mixed dolma or broad beans that are unique to the area. We loved the Kuzi prepared with lamb! The lahvash that’s served with it is both delicious and healthy!
The Qaysari Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the Kurdish region as well as one of the oldest in the world.
Erbil is a historical city; if you plan your tour, you’ll get to see a lot in a very short amount of time.