I have never heard the words Grand Hajj Eid and Eid al Adha, but I checked the calendar and I guess you mean Feast of Sacrifice.
1. All markets and restaurants will be open. Most shops close only at first day, and open next day. Some stay closed more. These are valid for the regular places. The most touristic shopping place Grand Bazaar is closed 4 days of the Holiday, and also on Sunday.
2. Yes, it will be crowded. The poor people from suburbs who can not afford to go to holiday will flow to central parts of the city. A lot of inconvenient people around. More crowds, fightings, noise than usual.
3. Touristic hamams will be open.
Favorite thing: Turk sellers adapt easily to the tourists’ origin and tastes. They are able to speak to you in your language whatever it is. They learn easily the last jokes on your language and use it to attract you to heir shop. For instance, as many Spaniards visit Istanbul, references to Carrefour prices and El Corte Inglés quality were a friendly way to interest us.
Favorite thing: Bargaining is a must at every shop in Istanbul. When you are told a price, you can offer a rather lower one, but not so low as to offend the seller. If they don’t accept your offer you can pretend to leave. They will way a lower price and you can raise a bit your offer. This way, you will reach and agreement. But if you are soft, you will pay twice of more the price they would have accepted. Don’t show you are eager to buy!
As i walk around the city my mind is temporarily turned off.i walk and walk and record everything i see with my eyes and with my camera and with my ears. in fact i record every thing with all my senses,many other tourists here looking around with their large eyes.
A happy Japanese woman sits next to me in the metro.i ask her if she is enjoying the city,she replies yes with a big smile.
Last night i was out hunting for a nice restaurant,this looks fine,maybe next one will be better and so on,then i heard some music,the next restaurant was the place i was looking for some musicians were playing some very sweet Turkish music,I ordered my dinner and sat down in a daze just enjoying the wonderful musicians,specially the violin player.
Took some pictures too naturally,will publish them as soon as i can.....
My fourth day in Istanbul,weather still very nice,the people,the city all very very nice.
Been to Asian side yesterday,today I will just hung around Istanbul soaking in the atmosphere,will sit at a pavement cafe and do some people watching...
Day 5 in sunny and hot Istanbul,sat at the cafes,watched people walk around,eat some delicious food,looked at shops and watched some history.Few tour guides tried to show me around,watched the moon rise over the minarets of Istanbul,in the evening time...
There seems to be an internet cafe here in almost every street and they are very cheap,cost around 70 cents.
The cash machines accepts all the usual cards and you can withdraw dollars,euros or Turkish lira...
Fondest memory: Turkish music at a restaurants.
People rushing around as if there is no tomorrow..
ne of my favorite walking tours in Istanbul was from the Grand Bazaar downhill along Uzunçarsi Caddesi (Longmarket Street) through the Tahtakale district to the Golden Horn and the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar (Misir Çarsisi).
Although the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar are real live markets filled daily (except Sunday) with both Turks and tourists, the Tahtakale market district is 99% Turkish, and all the more interesting for those who want to get away from the tourist crowds.
This is a good walking tour for any day except Sunday, when the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian Bazaar, and many of the shops along this walking tour will be closed.