Bazaars in Istanbul
The bazaars in Istanbul make the trip more valuable, since some bazaars have a special place in history like the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar. When you enter any bazaar you will feel welcomed by everyone and the merchants will do their best to give the product you desire at a reasonable price. Bazaars don’t just have clothes, but also have antiques, spices, and everything you wish.
The Grand Bazaar
- 3.5 hour shopping tour of Grand Bazaar with the assistance of a local guide who is an expert on carpets, kilims, jewelry, antiquities and leather.
- Have the most fantastic experience in the world in Grand Bazaar’s 4000 shops and 61 streets.
- Enjoy shopping without without getting lost or loosing time and head directly to the world famous, most reputable shops.
- Your guide will make sure that you learn the skill of bargaining and guarantee that whatever you will purchase will be authentic, original and real.
By being one of the biggest and oldest closed bazaars, having high quality products, and servicing in almost every language; Grand Bazaar is a must go place in Istanbul. The bazaar may be very lively and crowded but you would surely find anything you look for in there. Your guide will be there to answer any of your questions regarding whether your carpet is handmade, your jewelry is a real jewel, your antique is real and legal to be taken back to your country. After this shopping experience you would also appriciate the district around the bazaar which is filled with successful restaurants, cafes and food traders. As you shop, before or after shopping you can grab a bite or enjoy a cup of Turkish coffeee.
The Grand Bazaar was constructed by Fatih Sultan Mehmet which is also known by the name of Mehmed the Conqueror. The first construction of the bazaar was in 1460s.
The location of the bazaar is in the old Istanbul directly near Beyazit Tram station. And also, it goes way back to the Ottoman Empire after the conquest of Constantinople, it was considered the center of economy in the city. The bazaar has an amazing architecture is mostly aesthetic design that resembles a giant maze, consists of two rows of stone piers. There are also plenty of gates for the bazaar, Kuyumcular, Nuruismaniye, Sepetcihan, akkeciler, Zenneciler, Beyazit, Carsikapi, Cuhacihan and Mahmutpasa. In our modern day, the Grand Bazaar attracts many tourists from all over the world with its unique shops. It has over 300,000 visitors each day and it is one of Istanbul’s landmarks. The Bazaar is open everyday to the public from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and it is closed on Sundays.
The street of Istiklal Caddesi is considered one of the best places to shop at. All the brands local and international are scattered everywhere, the street holds a special place in the hearts of many tourists. Besides clothes, it has also the best handmade antiques you can buy and souvenirs, so your trip won’t be forgettable. In addition to the local restaurants and cafés located along the street. At the end of the street you will notice a tall thick tower, it is called the Galata Tower, the tower is a historical landmark of Istanbul which goes way back to the Ottoman Empire and it has been used to scout for fires across the city.
Egyptian Spice Bazaar
The bazaar was once a haven for Egyptian traders in the 17th century. From then, the bazaar was filled with colorful spices and Turkish delights. The bazaar was built back in 1660 and named after the goods that came from India. The streets have of the bazaar are covered and contain over 100 shops. The name spice was given due to the majority of the shops selling spices and herbs. Everywhere you go in the bazaar you will find herbs and spices from different kinds.
The Egyptian Spice Bazaar is a bit smaller than the Grand Bazaar but has different shops, the Bazaar is located in Eminonu near the Tram station, it is a place where you can stop by and have a bite of local food. In addition, the place just like the Grand Bazaar, has an amazing variety of shops, Antiques, Souvenirs, Clothes, and Spices. In this particular Bazaar there is a famous coffee brewery called Mehmet Efendi, which is one of the oldest coffee breweries in Istanbul. If you want to get freshly made coffee beans, go there but keep in mind you will have to wait in a long queue due to the huge demand. You will also see the staff working and grinding the coffee beans through the glass. The bazaar is open everyday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and it is closed on national holidays.
There are plenty of Bazaars in Istanbul, some of them are old, and some are modern, but all of them have a unique thing that differs from the other, some bazaars are famous for antiques, some for clothes, and some for spices. The experience you get from visiting the bazaars and talking to the merchants and bargaining is a must experience and will make your visit unforgettable.