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When it comes to shopping most visitors heading for North Africa would prefer Morocco, but Algeria does have a few points to recommend it. The northern cities have plenty of markets and souks where you can pick up a bargain and there are also modern shopping centres that are filled with western-influenced stores. The large brands that you see in the west are not generally here though so there may be a lack of recognisable names. However, from jewellery to cosmetics, you should be able to find exactly what you need.
If you want to take a few things home as gifts then rugs, copper, brassware and leatherware are all made locally and are ideal souvenirs. Pick up one of the traditional embroidered dresses called mejboudi but in some areas they are quite expensive. Bags and shoes made of leather can be good value in Algeria too.
One tip for those who want to pick up a Berber carpet is to go to Ghardaia for them because they are better quality and they are often much cheaper. Take care when buying Berber jewellery. It is something that many visitors find desirable but as many of the pieces will be made from coral, the origins may be unethical.
It is common for people to haggle when shopping in the street markets and in the smaller stores. Make sure that you are polite at all times. One of the best markets is considered to be the one on Rue Didouche Mourad – easy to reach when you have a rental car. There are small independent stores on this street that are popular with tourists.
The main shopping days are Saturday to Thursday and most shops will be open at 9 am, closing at 7pm with two hours for lunch. There are some shops that will open on Friday but not many.
The nightlife in Algeria is not much to speak of but there are several options available to you. The main cities have plenty of restaurants and bars and the larger hotels have nightclubs. You need to remember that most of the nightlife is targeted at men. There is a pedestrianized area in the Rue Larbi M’Hidi – not much use for car hire here! – where there are bars and clubs. Drinking alcohol is an expensive hobby here because there are strict laws on alcohol sale. Some of the traditional bars have closed because the withdrawal of a liquor licence has had a strong impact on business.