When we speak of Istanbul, almost all think of historical and cultural beauties. Especially when speaking of the legacies left to us by the old Ottoman Empire and the Byzantines, which we often see in the Historical Peninsula region, it is not right to skip the booksellers and bazaars. We will tell you about Istanbul’s most famous booksellers and bazaars, dating back to ancient centuries. In these booksellers, you can find books of all languages, all styles, where you can feel as if you are in the seventeenth century when you enter it. When you visit these bazaars, smell the century-old books, and buy one as a souvenir, you will remember your trip to Istanbul every time you look at these things.

Beyazıt Booksellers Bazaar

The most famous bookseller bazaar that you should definitely come to and see in Istanbul is the Beyazıt Bookseller Bazaar, known as Istanbul Bookseller Bazaar, located in Fatih. It was established in the 15th century with the intention of serving theological university students. Istanbul was well-known in the 16th century for its extensive library. It ensures that you can see the mixture of old Istanbul culture with modern Istanbul culture during your trip to Istanbul with its history that has been going on for centuries. 

It is one of the best places to see the synthesis of culture in Istanbul. Beyazıt Bookseller Bazaar is located right next to the Grand Bazaar. It is mixed with the charming aura of the Grand Bazaar. In addition, this Bookseller Bazaar is already located right next to the most popular places to see in Istanbul. You can visit Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and Booksellers Bazaar by taking a day off. The Booksellers’ Bazaar will remind you of the old times of Istanbul and increase your desire to return to those times.

Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar is undoubtedly one of the most famous places in Istanbul. This city landmark is one of the world’s oldest covered marketplaces, located in the Fatih neighborhood. This bazaar, about 560 years old, will take your Istanbul trip experience to a different level. You will be fascinated when you enter the Grand Bazaar with various shops, jewelry shops, leather goods shops, gift shops, restaurants, and many other shops. 

There are variable Turkish markets in Grand Bazaar for every interest, whether you’re looking for authentic souvenirs, antique items, or fresh food for a picnic. Visiting the bustling Istanbul markets provides an immersive experience in which visitors can learn about and appreciate the city’s culture and the city’s everyday business activity. Istanbul people are accustomed to shopping in marketplaces, which is usually a joyful experience. That’s why you can analyze peoples’ daily lives and experiences.

Aslıhan Passage Booksellers Bazaar

Aslıhan Passage Bookstore, one of the historical booksellers that come to mind when it is called Beyoğlu Booksellers Bazaar, is still active today with old and valuable books from each other. It is definitely one of the places to see when you come to Istanbul because you can find a mix of old and new history. It is one of the places you should stop by in Istanbul with its hundreds of old books, magazines, and comics printed in different languages. In the passage of Aslıhan, you can also find valuable world classics and many old books that you are looking for, as well as editions in a foreign language.

The Spice Bazaar

The Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, is a gastronomic and historical wonder and one of the best locations to visit in Istanbul. It was called from the diverse range of goods from Cairo that traders have sold throughout the years. This bustling market, located in the ancient Eminönü district in the Fatih area of the city, dates back to the 17th century and is part of the New Mosque complex. It’s also one of the largest and busiest marketplaces in the country. 

Wander through the tiny market streets, taking in the sights and smells of traditional Turkish spices, fabrics, and other culinary pleasures. Make sure to try some Turkish delight, also known as “lokum,” a chewy pastry flavored with rosewater and pistachios and dusted with powdered sugar. While strolling through the market, savor the delicious pleasure. The market isn’t just about food; merchants also sell toys, souvenirs, antiques, jewelry, and textiles like scarves and Turkish towels. The Spice Bazaar is one of Istanbul’s most intriguing bazaars.

Arasta Bazaar

Arasta Bazaar is behind the Blue Mosque and is known for its pottery, jewelry, spices, textiles, and carpet shops. Pick up your favorite patterned Turkish bath towel, gaze at the intricate Turkish lantern, or choose a gorgeous piece of handcrafted pottery or tile to take home. Exotic spices, jewelry, and tea leaves can also be purchased. This is a fantastic place to buy souvenirs and products without the crowds and chaos of the Grand Bazaar. You should still expect a bargain, though. There’s more to see when you’re in Arasta Bazaar. Uncover the secrets under the bazaar; the Mosaic Museum of the Grand Palais. The phenomenon in Byzantine-era mosaics dates back to the 6th century. These intact mosaics once adorned the courtyard floor of the Grand Palace of Constantinople. Mythological scenes and hunting images are just some of the intricate pieces you’ll see.

Woman’s Bazaar

Women’s Bazaar, also known as Siirt Bazaar, is located in Unkapanı, Fatih district, it is a great place where you can find quality local food from cities in southeastern Turkey such as Siirt Adiyaman and Mardin. You can also find a variety of herbs that you may not have heard of anywhere before in Woman’s Bazaar. You can taste pastries made with these herbs there. Honey stalls are also attractive. Various kinds of cheese and cheese products are also popular.

Frequently Asked Question

What is the oldest bazaar in the world?
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
Who built the Grand Bazaar?
Fatih Sultan Mehmed ordered the Grand Bazaar to be built.
How many markets are there in Istanbul?
Over 20 bazaars are set up in Istanbul in a week.
How many streets are there in the Grand Bazaar?
Over 45 streets.