grand bazaar, Istanbul
One day Dan & I, ranting and roaming at Le Grande Bazaar, came upon a quiet secluded corner to discover Can Antik and the owner Halil Can. I am a sucker for antique shops, can you just imagine such a shop at the Grande Bazaar. There Dan got yards of glistening opals & I chose old stones and a worn well crafted necklace of lapis of yore. Dan found a love like no other: Ezme. Serendipity being the main commodity of this magic store I can tell you it was enchanting but I can't tell you more.
Ancient shopping mall requires bargaining about everything except souvenirs containing Ataturk or Turkish national flag. Take your time, drink a cup of tea with seller and feel like the real customer. Great event!
What to buy: Leather, souvenirs, shirts etc. For example I bought two shirts for 8 USD each. After two years washing they are in the same shape as when it were new.
Over 4,000 stores & 60 alleys here! Historically the more expensive items were at the center of the bazaar where more security could be provided. Don't forget to sit down and have some tea served in lovely small glasses.
What to buy: Local crafts, gold jewelry, silver, copper, brass, carpets
What to pay: BARGAIN!!!!
One of the most fun things we did in Istanbul was visit the Grand Bazaar. You can easily spend half a day there, and even if you go in without any particular items in mind, chances are that you'll come across something you just have to take home with you. In our case we came out with several big bags of things we liked, and could easily have bought a whole lot more than that if we had room for it all.
Although many stores sell things like leather goods, I wasn't interested in that kind of shopping because you can buy leather anywhere. What I looked for were things that you can't buy anywhere else in the world, and believe me when I say there's plenty in the Grand Bazaar that fits that category, including Turkish ceramics, paintings, carvings, jewelry, all kinds of art work, and of course lots of rugs.
Remember that ALL the prices quoted by the merchants are negotiable. I spent a lot of time haggling for the things I bought. In some cases I got great deals and in others I overpaid, but it was always fun to barter nonetheless.
Istanbul is shopping paradise. The grand Bazar offers variety of Turkish traditional items and antiques. It is really fun to stroll around the narrow lanes of this wonderful covered bazar.
What to buy: If you don't have enough money...no problem....Just do window shopping
A visit to the Grand Bazaar is an interesting experience. In a maze of streets there are thousands little shops. A lot of products are exposed outside the shop and of course the salesmen are trying to let you buy a lot of things.
If you want to buy souvenirs this is a very good place to do so.
The Bazaar is founded by Mehmet II in 1453. The complex can be entered through several gates. In spite of the director indicators, it is very easy to get lost in the Bazaar.
In the Bazaar it is also possible to drink or eat something. And if you don't want to buy anything, just walk around look around.
What to buy: Famous are the carpets and leather jackets. If you want to buy this, it's all up to you, but there a lot of shops which offere this kind of merchandise.
Around 4000 Shops all in one Building.. the worlds oldest Shopping mall living with history..
Covered Bazaar or as locals call Kapali Carsi is the main shopping center for tourists.. Also one of the worlds biggest gold market..
Behind the Covered bazaar lays the walking bourse..
The Grand Bazaar really worths a visit. There you can find everything : turkish carpets, tea, nargile, belly dancer belts, scarfs, pottery, tiles, jewels, books etc. But don't forget to bargain ;-) And if you don't like shopping, just walk through the passageways and enjoy this colourful atmosphere.
What to pay: Depends on how good you can bargain ;-)
The Grand Bazaar is a real MUST in Istanbul, even if you don’t plan to buy anything. Is a real city inside the city, with hundreds of little covered alleys, it’s got its own mosque, fountains, cafes, toilets… In the beginning every artisan group had its quarter and all the shops selling the same were together. Now most of them sell souvenirs, though there are still specific areas for carpets, jewels…
Most of the people do not come here for shopping, some of them are just passing by (making a shortcut through the bazaar), some of them are here as tourists not shoppers (just exploring). And I would say there are things to explore and see, even if you don't want to buy anything. You can take a walk in labirint of streets, streets in gold or silver, carpets or local crafts. And it's pretty much the same as it was hundreds years ago.
What to buy: You can buy for cheap silver here (if you know how!). Most of tourists buy T-shirts (with Istanbul inscription) from here. You can also buy small craft art itimes. Ask for NAZAR (The Evel eye to protect you, its blue/green color and its practically on every corner). Do not expect to find real antiques here!
What to pay: You already heard that you have to bargain here! And here is no exception... (esspecialy here)... there are no price tags here of course!
Check on my 'How to bargain tip' if you want to leran how to buy things for less!
Covered Bazaar dates originally from the reign of Mehmed II who had the Old Bedesten, located at the very heart of the bazaar constructed. Today the vast structure houses more than four thousand shops linked by a maze of labyrinthine alleys and thoroughfares. The shops sell leather, gold, silver, jewelry, garments, copper and a variety of tourist souvenirs. The Old Bedesten still specializes in the sale of antiques.
The biggest bazaar in Istanbul with almost 5,000 shops ! Actually the most well-known bazaar in the world with lots of goods and dodgy salesman around..( my firend, my friend I have a good discount for ya - where are ya from, oh I have a bro there etc ...)
What to buy: Handpainted ceramics, copperware , brassware , meerschaum pipes , carpets , leather , jewelry ....
What to pay: Don't forget bargain alot, the first price will never be the last .normally they are making the price twice-three times more and when u bargain and buy it, you reckon u get a good deal but I'm sorry they can still rip ya off.
The Grand Bazaar is the largest market in Turkey and have more than 4000 shops.
What to buy: Leather and gold use to be the main items to buy, but you will find almost everything at the bazaar.
What to pay: Remember to bargain alot while buying something.
THIS is the quintessential grand market. Don't listen to people that tell you that only tourists go there nowadays. Not true, especially if you go there on a Saturday morning and if you're hitting the jewelry stands. Open your heart and submerge yourself in this BEAUTIFUL, surprisingly clean maze of tiny shops, each with a history of its own right. Bargain, argue, accept their teas, smile, move on, whatever you do.... lose yourself in it..... and eventually walk away from it exhausted, yet totally fulfilled.
What to buy: Silver , silver, and MORE silver!!!!!
for me it,s same as my country Syria , but also there is something different , just ask to try before buy and you will like all the sweets .u can find many shops in Taksim area and in Grand Bazar