Turkish Delight: Turkish Delight
You cannot visit Turkey without buying "Turkish Delight"
This shop had evey type of nut you can find, in various of the Turkish Delight squares.
I have never been fond of this sweet until I had the real thing.Related to:
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Sultan Bazaar Shopping Center, Antalya: An excellent shopping center
Sultan Bazaar Shopping Center is one of the largest shopping centers in Antalya. It is certainly one of the most beautiful shopping centers in Southern Turkey. This is an upmarket shopping center catering to mostly rich foreign tourists. It is located at Lara Kundu areas where many five stars hotels are located.
The shopping center has approximately 70 shops. Cafes and restaurants are located on the lower ground floor. It was constructed in 2005 in Ottoman Selchuk style of architecture. The shopping center was opened to the public since 2005. It has three levels with approximately 13,000 square meters of shopping spaces. Business hours are between 9.00 a.m. and 11.30 p.m. daily.
One of the most interesting shops we patronised at Sultan Bazaar is a well-known shop dealing in leather jackets on the ground floor facing the main road. It has two levels of shopping spaces with a basement. Wide range of wonderful and high quality jackets are on sale in the shop. Prices of genuine leather jackets range between 100.00 and 1,000.00 euros per piece. Free apple tea is served to customers while waiting for your jackets to be tried without any obligation at the basement.
When you are tired of shopping, you may take a camel ride on a vacant plot on the right hand side of the shopping center. It costs just five euros per person per ride. It promises to be lots of fun!
What to buy: Genuine leather jackets are highly recommended in a shop located on the front section of Sultan Bazaar Shopping Center.
What to pay: Prices range from 100.00 to 1,000 euros per leather jacket. They are absolutely beautiful and of high quality.Related to:
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Selekler Carsisi, Antalya: Selekler Shopping Center
Selekler Carsisi is one of the largest shopping malls in the heart of the city of Antalya. It is located at Cumhuriyet Caddesi near some of the best parks in the city with a tram line running along the street.
There are three levels of shopping spaces for the convenience of shoppers. Wide range of items are available in the shopping center, most of them deal in household products, clothings and textiles, shoes and leather products such as handbags, travelling bags, belts and wallets.
Entertainers such as gimmicks can be seen occasionally entertaining visitors outside Selekler Carsisi. Tourist information office is located within a stone's throw from the shopping center.
What to buy: Clothings and textiles are highly recommended.
What to pay: Prices of products can be expected to be a little bit more expensive due to the location of the shopping center.Related to:
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Grand Bazaar, Istanbul: Large covered market
The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi in Turkish meaning the covered market) is located at Nuri Osmaniye in Old Istanbul. It is one of the largest covered markets in the world. It is also one of the oldest markets in the world as the building under one roof was constructed in the 15th century. Thus it has been an important trading centre since the 15th century!
Grand Bazaar has approximately 4,000 shops and stalls with amazing 60 streets! It claims to be visited by approximately 300,000 visitors a day! It is such a huge building that it is easy to get lost inside the Grand Bazaar.
The Grand Bazaar has four main gates. It covers a total area of approximately 30 hectares. The building has hundreds of domes which are covered with windows. It is undoubtedly a shopper's paradise. It is colourful and elegance and is considered a "must-visit" tourist attraction for any visitor who visits Istanbul.
Wide varieties of consumer goods are available at Grand Bazaar such as fashion and jewelleries, watches, pottery, souvenirs, textiles and clothings, carpet, Turkish ceramics, spices, embroideries, copper and brassware and leather goods. Numerous number of restaurants are also located inside the Grand Bazaar.
What to buy: Souvenirs, textiles and clothings, Turkish ceramic and Turkish carpets can be recommended.
What to pay: Prices are very much cheaper in the Grand Bazaar than those of other areas in Istanbul due to its competitiveness.Related to:
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The fruits look very inviting and are very tasty. Living in a country in the north I often eat imported fruits but never have the peaches and watermelons in Sweden tasted as the ones in Turkey.
Take the chance and eat a lot of fruit of the season!
Istiklal Caddesi Shopping Street, Istanbul: New Shopping District
Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue) is one of the most famous avenues in the heart of modern Istanbul. It begins from the Genoese neighbourhood around Galata Tower at Beyoglu District in the south and ends at Taksim Square in the north. It is a modern shopping district built in the 19th century. The street is approximately three kilometers long. The whole area resembles an open-air shopping mall! Galatasarey Square is located somewhere in the middle of Istiklal Caddesi.
Istiklal Caddesi is dotted with lots of cafes, bars and restaurants especially local and international fastfood chains, cinemas, theaters, libraries, foreign embassies, banks, galleries, apartments and nightclubs.
Lots of shopping opportunities await visitors at Istiklal Caddesi. Wide range of shops and stalls are located on the ground floors on both sides of the street such as those dealing in chic boutiques, music stores, car showrooms, bookstores, souvenir shops, shops dealing in antiques, carpets, copper and brasswares, clothing stores, textiles shops, fashion and designer shops etc. Large and medium size shopping malls also line the street. The pedestrian shopping street is visited by approximately three millions visitors a day especially during the weekends.
What to buy: Antiques, souvenirs, gifts, books, clothings and Turkish products such as carpets and brassware.
What to pay: As Istiklal Caddesi is an upmarket district, prices are a little bit more expensive that those in the Old Istanbul.Related to:
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Situated near the Port of Kusadasi, we found this little ceramics shop. I like to buy an item in every country we visit.
This is a hand-painted ceramic.
What to buy: I also bought a beautiful leather coat, made from Lambskin. It is soft, black and mid-calf length.
You cant go to Turkey without buying leather items.
What to pay: The Ceramicc was about Euro20
The leather coat Euro100Related to:
Kaya Ceramics: Goreme
Pottery and Ceramics Shop. If you have some spare place in your bag and some spare money in your purse - buy wonderful pottery and ceramics in Goreme!
You may watch my 2 min 25 sec VIDEO-Clip Goreme Ceramics Shop with Turkish pop music by Celik – Cic Kiz out of my Youtube channel.
In every town visited by tourists there are several carpet shops. In some places, like Selcuk, many pensions have their own shop.
There are many nice carpets, kilims, sadlebags, saltbags etc. If your intension is to buy something it can be good to look around and only buy if you really like the item and know you will enjoy it at home (then you should not think of if you paid the right price or not).
The Grand Bazaar: Hectic, Dramatic, Overwhelming Shopping Experience
If you are claustrophobic, you would have a difficult time at the Grand Bazaar. It's like no other place that I have shopped. The experience is like being in a tunnel with objects on both sides and people everywhere. The noise level is quite high because the sales people are "hawking" their wares.
Jayne and I had a "blast" here. We had specific items in mind to purchase and went straight for those items. Personally, I wanted to buy silver jewlery for a friend of mine.
I was successful at obtaining the piece I wanted for the price I thought was fair...it's abartering paradise.
Ironically, merchants seem insulted if you do not try to barter the price.
What to buy: Interestingly, unlike America, gold is 18 and 22-24 carat in Turkey. You cannot even purchase 14 carat gold here. I think that the silver is softer here in Turkey than in America, but the workmanship quality is quite high.
Lots of items are made of brass; for example, I saw a beautiful brass tea set.
Scarfs, hats, leather jackets, leather purses, small pieces of furniture, and all kinds of clothing are available at reasonable prices.
What to pay: In 1995, we paid about 20-35 % less for items than at home. Today, that would probably not be true because the dollar is weak right now.Related to:
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Moon Light Souvenir's Silver Shop: Silver jewelry in Selcuk
It's not often that I recommend a shop, but after spending hours talking to this shop's owner (over Turkish tea), I have to say this is a great place to shop, or even just stop for a chat. The owner, Hulya (Julia), is the only female shop owner in the area and specializes in custom made silver jewelry. She also speaks Japanese fluently, so Japanese tourists should definitely stop by for a look and a chat.
What to buy: Silver jewelry, but there are also all the other typical Turkish souvenirs (scarves, ceramics, etc.).Related to:
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Grand Bazaar-Kapalicarsi: Istanbul
The Kapalicarsi or Covered Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets, over 1,200 shops, not to mention ten wells, four fountains, two mosques, and several cafés and restaurants. Around 25,000 people are permanently employed in the bazaar, and an indeterminate number of street vendors ply their wares in and around it. The heart of Turkey's gold market and unofficial foreign exchange market beat here and has between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.
The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.
You can watch my 3 min 24 sec HQ Video Istanbul Grand Bazaar part I out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Serdar Ortac – Hesap Soruno.
You can watch my 3 min 57 sec HQ Video Istanbul Grand Bazaar part II out of my Youtube channel with Turkish pop music by Emre Altus – Fani Dunya.
What to buy: It is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like.
Here the most valuable items and antiques were to be found in the past, and still are today, including copperware, amber prayer beads, inlaid weapons, icons, mother-of-pearl mirrors, water pipes, walking sticks, watches and clocks, candlesticks, old coins, and silver and gold jewelry set with coral and turquoise.
Souvenir shops: Goreme 2
While the quality in touristy shops is often high, you will be paying 2-3 times what you otherwise would.
After walking through the ancient churches decorated with frescoes, you will finally may have a stop at a carpet/pottery/onyx shops which are situated just along the way from the museum to the bus parking.
What to buy?
Oh what to buy in Turkey, that is a very ridiculous question, there are plenty of gifts and presents and souvenirs which you can buy in any Turkish City, not mentioning Ankara of course, as the capital should be the first to think about in the choice to buy, great toys, Turkish folkloric gifts, Carpets, water pipes, material, wooden souvenirs, and lots more.
Shopping is really fun in Ankara.
Varol Textile Fabrica Satis Magazasi: Denizli
The first stage of the textile industry is the cotton gin industry. There are 6 cotton gin factories in Denizli. Their capacity is more than 150,000 tons. The first factory was founded in 1950, another in 1962, one in 1968, one in 1974, one in 1977 and the last one was founded in 1985.
We have been taken to a textile shopping center for buying towel, bathrobe and other textile products.
The Pamukkale/Denizli area is famous for its cotton and the home wares. A total of 30 percent of the population earn their living from the textile industry. So it’s a good reason for looking into the roadside textile factories. Many of the other souvenirs and traditional Turkish wares that you can find in other parts of Turkey are cheaper around Denizli/Pamukkale because they are produced there.
We were brought to Fabrica Satis Magazasi and many women out of our group bought something there (while I was watching a wonderful sunset, haha!)
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