Algiers - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

Not a shopping post. - Oct 2020

No. Other than overpriced, mediocre carpets, not a shopping post. - Oct 2020

Some carpets and a handful of interesting local artists. Outside of that, nothing I would recommend. - Sep 2019

Some - tiles, carpets, jewelry. - Mar 2019

Berber art, if genuinely handmade, can be beautiful. Good luck wading through the Chinese mass-produced stuff. There's one good artisanal shop in Paradou-Hydra. - Sep 2016

There is an artisanal shop that highlights local handicrafts. But craft quality is pretty poor. You will struggle to find stuff to send/bring back. - Jun 2016

None that I can think of. Because it's an oil state, and subsidies are so high, it's hindered innovation and growth in virtually every other sector, so you don't have the craft markets that you have in other North African countries. - Mar 2014

Nothing really, tiles and pottery. - Oct 2013

Carpets, handicrafts, and the tile work is quite good. - Dec 2011

There is a lot of gold, jewelery, silver, leather, carpets, tiles and beautiful materials too. The Tangines are a must to take home. - Sep 2008

Some jewelry and antiques. - May 2008

Pottery. - Mar 2008

Beautiful tiles, metal work, traditional jewelry and clothes. - Mar 2008

They have nice ceramics. - Feb 2008

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