Grand Bazaar

Oldest & Largest Shopping Place

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Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar is the traditional and stylistic Turkish market in the old city of Istanbul. It is well-known due to its huge area, typical Ottoman architecture and shopping alternatives. The first question in mind is usually where is Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. This question can be simply answered as the center of the old city near the Blue Mosque. When you check the location on the map, you see that it covers a huge area of 30.700 m2 starting from Beyazıt, near Istanbul University Campus, and going towards Çemberlitaş, Sultanahmet and Nuruosmaniye.


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Good to Know

 

When should I visit Grand Bazaar?

You can visit Grand Bazaar between 8:30AM to 7:00PM. Spice Bazaar is closed for visits during Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals.
 

Is it expensive to visit Grand Bazaar?

There is no entrance fee to Grand Bazaar
 

How to get to the Grand Bazaar?

It is easy to reach with public transportation. You can take the T1 tram. It is 5 minutes walk away from Beyazıt stop.
 

Will I need a guide at Grand Bazaar?

You can visit museum on your own but a tour with a guide would definetely be better. You can check Shopping in Grand Bazaar or our top picks below.
 

Things to do near Grand Bazaar

Hagia Sophia , Topkapı Palace , Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Archeology Museum

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About Grand Bazaar

Location of Grand Bazaar

There are 22 different gates and 60 streets inside Grand Bazaar hosting almost 4000 shops. If you think that it is a bit complicated to find the route, then you can start with Beyazıt Gate where famous jewelry shops are placed on both sides of Kalpakçılar Street vertically going indoors. Following this route brings you to the other main entrance in Nuruosmaniye Street, where you can visit interesting shops. If you wonder how far is Grand Bazaar from Blue Mosque, you can calculate the exact distance from different gates by checking Istanbul city map online. For travelers who prefer going on foot, Blue Mosque is in a shorter walking distance from Beyazıt Gate. Another direction to check is Grand Bazaar to Spice Market Istanbul in the center of Eminönü. From Eminönü Gate of Grand Bazaar Istanbul there are narrow alleys creating short-cuts to well-known Spice Market.Istanbul Old City Tour is the best option if you would like to explore the area on a short track tour with a specific focus on this oldest closed market.
 

Historical Information about Grand Bazaar

 

The tips about the history of Grand Bazaar answers two main questions: How old is Grand Bazaar Istanbul and when was the Grand Bazaar built. According to official records, İç Bedesten covering the core of Grand Bazaar was completed by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1461. The building originally had two structures called ¨bedesten¨ which means an indoor arcade with shops. Throughout its history, the building has been expanded to have 4000 shops. Grand Bazaar is covered with a sprawling roof to make up a closed bazaar concept. Today, it is very dynamic with the shop owners, travelers, visitors, and customers.
 

Shopping Alternatives at Grand Bazaar

 

For shopping lovers, Grand Bazaar has got a wide selection of high-quality goods. If you need any advice on what to buy Grand Bazaar Istanbul offers you many traditional and very exclusive choices of jewelry, antiques, Turkish carpets, kilims, and leather products. The alternatives where to shop in Grand Bazaar depend on what to buy in Grand Bazaar. The shops near Beyazıt entrance are the exact place to search for gold and silver jewelry pieces. These shops offer ready-to-use collections as well as order-to-make special designs. There are famous jewelry shops on Kalpakçılar Street.

If you prefer an ethnic kilim or a hand-made Turkish silk carpet, Zincirli Han and Sandal Bedesten have various shops to buy them. For antique collectors, İç Bedesten and Sandal Bedesten are the right places to find them. There are eighteenth and nineteenth-century antiques as well as vintage jewelry and smaller valuable items for collection. Leather shops are closer to the Mercan entrance of the historical complex. If you are interested in the craftsmanship techniques, you can take a walk in the World’s Oldest Shopping Mall to attend particular workshops to figure out how gold is melted or how silver craftsmen work on their beautiful engravings.
 

Travelling and Shopping Tips for Grand Bazaar Visitors

 

For Grand Bazaar shoppers, it is strongly recommended to learn about how to bargain in Grand BazaarGrand Bazaar shopping tips start with bargaining which emerges from the nature of tradesmanship in the market. Thus, shoppers are always expected to try bargaining before deciding the price mutually. The best way to learn is to follow the experienced guide at Shopping in Grand Bazaar to take small tips to choose your present from original and authentic collections of carpet, jewelry, leather or antiquities.

It is important to know what time does Grand Bazaar opens in the morning and what time Grand Bazaar closes in the evening. The complex opens at 08.30 and closes at 19:00. So, you can visit and go shopping between these hours except for bank holidays. It is also good for visitors that there is no Grand Bazaar entrance fee though special tours including this building in their programs may have their own fees.

Another tip is about where to eat near Grand Bazaar. During the visit, you can have a relaxing break by trying some Turkish and oriental coffee flavors or just tasting Turkish tea served in traditional thin-waist glasses. There are very good restaurants inside the building as well as in the neighborhood area. Sultan’s Corner is a cozy restaurant serving healthy dishes of carefully selected local vegetables in a charming sitting area that reflects the Sultan’s magnificence. Nar Lokanta Istanbul is another good choice for lunch close to Nuruosmaniye gate of the Grand Bazaar. It serves traditional Turkish and Ottoman culinary examples.

Grand Bazaar Comments

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Nathaniel - September 24, 2019

We had a nice plan to visit all 5 attractions but unfortunately we could go only Saint Sophia. When we contact them they refund the calculated amount. Nice job done with heart.

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Deborah - September 11, 2019

Nice idea. In my country there is not any pass like this. We get one to visit the places. In one tour it was just a little bit crowded. But the guide covered people well.

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Denise - August 24, 2019

We got the pass for 3 days. When we extended our stay in Istanbul we extended our pass as well. Next to traditional visiting places other activities are selected well. Madame Tussauds, was incredible.

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Frances - August 05, 2019

If you wish to visit these 5 places with guidance "the best choice". Otherwise you can have the Museum Card which is obtained by government.

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Nora - July 17, 2019

To taste the Culture of Constantinople and Istanbul. They are like 2 wings of a bird. Different cultures, different people, different religions, different names but same city. City of dreams. Even if the tour just for half day we are really effected by the stories of our guide. Don t tell him, he was good.

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