The Grand Bazaar (Turkish Kapalıçarşı) is a must-visit for anyone who visits Istanbul. It is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, with more than 60 streets and 4,000 shops selling everything from spices and textiles to jewelry and ceramics. The bazaar has been operating since the 15th century and is a true testament to Istanbul’s rich cultural and commercial history. Some consider the Grand Bazaar to be one of the first shopping centers in the world.
The Grand Bazaar is home to a wide variety of shops, from small family businesses to large, well-established stores. Thanks to this diversity, everyone can find something interesting here, whether it’s a unique souvenir or a traditional Turkish carpet. As elsewhere, visitors are expected to haggle with sellers over prices. Bargaining is considered a fun and essential part of shopping. Although it may be off-putting for some, bargaining is commonplace at the bazaar and is a great opportunity to get a good price for your purchase. In some shops, prices are fixed, but buyers are always informed in advance.
In addition to shopping, the Grand Bazaar is also a popular tourist destination due to its historical and architectural significance. It is a maze of streets and alleys, and it’s easy to get lost among the colorful shops and vendors. In the heart of the market, you will also find several cafes and teahouses. Even if you’re not interested in shopping, enjoying tea and watching the hustle and bustle around is definitely an experience.
I enjoyed tea at a café that is not listed on the map at all. Although it was in one of the oldest parts of the market, the Turkish tea cost a reasonable 20 lira, which is about 1.20 EUR.
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is a place that everyone who visits the city must see. It is a unique blend of culture, shopping, and history and offers a great opportunity to explore Istanbul’s rich cultural and commercial heritage. Whether you’re looking for a unique souvenir or just want to explore the winding ancient alleys of the market, the Grand Bazaar is an experience you shouldn’t miss.
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