Shopping in Istanbul
Turkish Bazaars, Markets, Malls
The Grand Bazaar
One of the most famous shopping attractions for many visitors to Istanbul is the Grand Bazaar or Grand Covered Market, a maze of thousands of unique and unusual shops run for centuries in the same location, whose ownership has often been passed down from family to family and who have survived numerous fires and earthquakes at its old city central location. It is a showplace of vivid colors and makes for an interesting stroll to take in the ambience alone. For shopping lovers it’s a real delight – full of many interesting objects and old decorated trinkets, fabrics, rugs, jewellery, leather, tiles, copper, antiques and various souvenirs.
See our Grand Bazaar & Old City Tour here.
Another interesting bazaar is the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, located just opposite the pier at Eminonu, it is a much smaller version of it’s larger cousin but specialises in food related items such as herbs, spices, sweets, fruits, special Turkish delights, cheeses, olives, teas, nuts, caviar etc.
See our Spice Market & Bosphorus Tour here.
International & Designer Brands
For those who prefer more cosmopolitan shopping in the city center, try the district of Nisantasi for designer clothes, or Istiklal Street in Taksim for many other high street shops and international brands.
Istanbul is home to one of the largest covered shopping malls in Europe and this is the Cevahir Shopping Center located off the metro line, where many American, Italian, English and Turkish boutiques and shops have the latest fashions.
Architect / Style: Ottoman period Open Days: Every day, except Sundays for Grand & Spice Bazaars Recommended The Ultimate Tour – Old City & Bosphorus in 1 Day – See as much as possible!
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