The Grand Bazaar:
The Grand Bazaar is one of Istanbul’s most important monuments from the Ottoman Empire, it is one of the largest and covered bazaars in the world with 60 streets and over 4000 shops. This place is great to shop and buy amazing souvenirs for you and you loved ones.
Over the years, the Grand Bazaar expanded to become a sprawling roofed complex of thousands of shops, fringed by the tradesmen’s inns and workshops. In addition, there were various other amenities for the merchants who worked there, restaurants, a hammam, and a mosque. In our days now, it considered as a city within a city that contains a police station, a health dispensary, a post office, branches of most banks, and a tourist information center.
Trying to see the entire Bazaar in one afternoon is an unrealistic task. It is best to experience the place in a slow pace. The eventual purchase is not as important as the process and the relationship that will be established between the merchant and yourself. Chatting with the vendors who often are fluent in more than one language is what makes this experience legendary.
The Grand Bazaar seems to have it all, there plenty of shops to visit variating from different types, from Jewelry, Antiques, Carpets, Turkish Delights and sweets, and much more.
Take your time while discovering this amazing place.
Taksim Square And Istiklal Street:
The Taksim Square is well known for many tourists, it is considered one of the famous and modern places in Istanbul, and the street has its magic and beauty.
After buying you souvenirs from the Grand Bazaar, you may find yourself buying much more in Taksim, with many shops and worldwide brands scattered on both sides of the street and also local stores and Turkish restaurants and delights, the place offers different types of souvenirs, you will find shops from every kind, including world famous and local brands, book stores, jewelry, and the important thing is the beautiful handmade souvenirs made by locals coming not just from Istanbul but also from different cities in Turkey.
In addition if you walk down the Istiklal Street you will find yourself close to the Galata Tower, the nearby area of the tower includes many stores to get your cool souvenirs and taking some pictures in the wonderful avenue.
Eminönü Square is a district in Istanbul. It is the heart of the walled city of Constantinople, Eminönü covers roughly the area on which the ancient Byzantium was built. The place is considered on of the centers for business and buzzing with touristic activities. During the daylight the area is filled with merchants and customers, the area is heaving with shoppers, people come from all over the city looking for many discounted items to buy, from stationery and cheap toys to clothes to beautiful antiques, as well as millions of little shops and workshops in the streets, bazaars and big stone fortresses from the Ottoman Era called Han in Turkish. Each inch is a retail space, even the underpasses taking people from the ferries are lined with shops, and kebab grillers.
The place is wonderful to buy and bargain for your faourite souvenirs, and will make you and the people you get them souvenirs happy.
In Istanbul wherever you go you find yourself buying souvenirs, the city has amazing antiques to buy because of its amazing history going back to the Byzantine and Ottoman Eras. In addition to buying many stuff not just antiques and souvenirs, and bargaining for your favorite stuff, most of the merchants you find speak more than one language and serving you with a smile and happy face.