Discover Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Igor Shaversky

Igor Shaversky

On any trip to Istanbul – whether you want it or not – eventually you are going to end up in one of the numerous Turkish bazaars. The most majestic of all – Grand Bazaar, the heart of old Istanbul. Buzzing, noisy, chaotic and colorful it attracts thousands of tourists and locals every day. Time flows differently here – and you can spend hours wandering around narrow laneways, watching artisans at work, bargaining with local shopkeepers – or just drinking tea quietly observing the never-ending bustle.

Discover Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

  1. Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.

Grand bazaar

  1. It is also called Kapali Carsi – “covered market”.

Turkish people

  1. Grand Bazaar is one of the major Istanbul sights and attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors per day.

Turkish people

  1. In 2014 Grand Bazaar was listed No.1 among world’s most-visited tourist attractions.

Shopping at the Bazaar in Istanbul

  1. The place is quite popular even among locals: they come here to find a good bargain or just pass the time away.

Grand Bazaar Istanbul

  1. Grand Bazaar has an impressive number of 61 covered streets, 22 gates, over 5,000 shops, 20,000 employees, 4 fountains, 2 mosques – and even 2 hamams.

Grand Bazaar Istanbul

  1. The market is known for selling spices, jewellery, pottery, antiques, carpets and – of course, an abundance of souvenirs. Many of the stalls here are grouped by type of goods with special huge areas for leather, carpets and gold jewellery.

Shopping at the Bazaar in Istanbul

  1. A retail heaven of 31,000 square meters with hundreds of insistent shopkeepers means that no visitor leaves without a souvenir.

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  1. Visitors who wish to shop will have to test their bargaining skills. Bargaining here is a science. Don’t show too much interest, don’t rush, don’t be afraid. And – if offered – drink a tea or two with the shopkeeper.

Grand Bazaar Istanbul

 

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