5 Best Souvenirs to Buy from Kayseri
Located on the slope of Mount Erciyes, within the borders of Cappadocia, Kayseri is the heart of trade in Central Anatolia. Kayseri, one of the oldest cities in the world, is one of the most important caravan crossing points on the Silk Road. The people of the city, history of which has been shaped by trade, naturally have a well-deserved reputation as masters of trade. There are many local products that you should buy from Kayseri, which is also home to Turkey’s largest historical grand bazaar after Istanbul. Let’s leave the first things that come to mind for those who are wondering what kind of souvenirs they should buy from Kayseri.
Making pastirma is a method that keeps red meat intact for a long time and adds flavour to its taste. The meat, which is covered with savoury spices and dried, is cut in thin slices leaves a remarkable taste on the palate. Especially Kayseri’s unique pastirma… It gives you a feast of taste both when consumed alone and when combined with white beans.
The first thing you should definitely buy on your way back from Kayseri is pastirma. Do not forget to insistently ask your relatives who go to Kayseri for it. It can also be a good idea to buy sujuk from Kayseri cuisine where fenugreek and spices are blended.
Kayseri Meat Dumpling
It’s possible to find and eat dumplings almost everywhere in Turkey. However, Kayseri meat dumpling requires is fine craftsmanship. Kayseri meat dumpling, which is described as “40 dumplings in 1 boxwood spoon”, is slightly more watery than the traditional dumplings. Although it’s baked and packaged in a way that is convenient to bring it to another place, it would be a good idea to put the dumplings in the refrigerator as soon as possible. If you want to make a change, fat dumplings and tray dumplings are also delicious as much as Kayseri meat dumplings, which are folded into tiny pieces.
Yahyali and Bunyan Carpets
If you like authentic breezes in decoration, Kayseri’s hand-knotted carpets may be the best souvenirs you can buy from this city. You can buy hand-knotted carpets produced in Yahyali and Bunyan districts from Kayseri Grand Bazaar.
If you are wondering how to distinguish a Bunyan carpet, the master knotters use dark red, blue and green colours in Bunyan carpets. Besides, geometric patterns and medallions bearing the traces of Seljuk art are considered the signature of the Bunyan carpet.
Erciyes Landscape Paintings
Mount Erciyes, the pillar of Cappadocia, is one of the most famous sights of Kayseri. Mount Erciyes is of great importance not only in the geography of the city, but also in its culture. If you are planning to buy some souvenirs from Kayseri, you can buy Mount Erciyes themed magnets, key holders, mugs and if you are looking for something more spectacular, you can buy paintings.
Soganli Village Rag Dolls
We claim that you will not be indifferent to rag dolls with red cheeks in colourful dresses. Handcrafted by the women of Soganli Village, these rag dolls stand out with their folk costumes. Some even have aprons embroidered with lace. If you want to give a colourful gift not only to children but also to adults, you can buy these rag dolls and contribute to the women in production.