Grand Bazaar7161 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
- Address: Beyazıt Mh., İstanbul, Turkey, Istanbul
- Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Market, Shopping Center
Established in the 1450s this is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. A true example of human hardiness, the bazaar has survived numerous fires, earthquakes and wars and continues to thrive today. Highly crowded, everyone here is looking for the best deal; bargaining is a way of life. Start with a fourth of the asking price and you might end up paying only half of it. It’s a noisy and warm sensory overload, bustling with energy. As for what can you actually buy here? Almost everything! Cafés and diners are scattered liberally over the place. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Istanbul itinerary 2 days.
Grand Bazaar Travel Tips
- Best place to be visited by the couple.
- Be sure to carry extra cash.
- Take charge of your valuables.
How to Reach Grand Bazaar
- Take a tram to Beyazit, Universite or Sirkeci.
- The Grand Bazaar is around 15 minutes’ walk from the Aya Sofya/Blue Mosque area.
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73.06% of people who visit Istanbul include Grand Bazaar in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
31.36% of people start their Grand Bazaar visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Grand Bazaar
94.97% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar Reviews & Ratings
The Grand Bazaar is not only easily accessible by tram it is also fairly centrally located. The shops are filled with colourful ,eye catching rugs, jewellery, clothes, pottery, leather goods, scarves and more. Looking for a great gift to take home from your holiday? Spend a day scouring the shops, avail yourself of the friendly welcoming vendors and blow your mind sampling the local sweetmeats and teas. But be prepared to find yourself lost whilst wandering down the various side streets in search of that must have present.
Where to start? Its a spectacular indoor area to visit, with security measures at each entrance, and to tour around on foot window shopping. You will probably get lost, like we did, but you'll also find many friendly people to point you in the right direction. The bazaar is clean and tidy with many, many folk trying to sell you something, for example leather clothes, perfume, jewellery, lamps and finally carpets. I use strategies to help me politely avoid carpet sales pitchers, for example telling them that I already bought a "Magic Carpet" rolled up one of my shoulders! Great fun.
Nice bazaar... Good shops... There are some nice restaurants as well... The leather market is really good... I really liked some of their jackets... They also have lots of nice Turkish dresses for women... There's are probably way too many shops for Turkish delights though... You should be good at haggling if you'd like to get a decent price... They tend to overcharge and I have managed to get people down to 60% of their initial asking price... Not sure how much lower they could have gone... The currency exchange rates are among the best in the city...
I loved shopping at the bizarre. The Turkish delight was amazing and so many beautiful souvenirs. Great experience. Would have got lost inside the bazaar if not for my husband...
What are you looking for and how much work do you want to put in? You will find sweets, food clothing, spices, tea and gold. If you want to buy gold, know its current value per gram and don't pay double that. Everything else, be just as careful. Spices and teas range from 160 TL to 1000 TL per kilo (prices can be 5-fold) . Ask for a taste, check the quality and make sure they don't give you more than you need (because you will pay for more than you need). You can often bargain, especially if you are in a group buying more. Clothing is pretty much entirely fake goods. Be careful about exporting them. Other than that, hold on tightly to your belongings. Pickpockets are here and there and have fun exploring. PS: While most stores sell what I have mentioned some also sell all kinds of other stuff like bowls, scissors, kitchenware, makeup and god only knows what else.