Find Anything You Want In Grand Bazaar!
The Grand Bazaar in Fatih district in Istanbul is one of the most important tourist destinations in Turkey and one of the most important commercial centers in Istanbul.
Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and most important street bazaars in the world and is located on an area of about 30,700 square meters and includes a variety of streets up to 60 streets and lanes, and under its domes and roofs, there are about 4000 shops. The construction works of the original core of the bazaar were completed in 1461 during the reign of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror and it was called İç Bedesten. Now you can find many areas within the Grand Bazaar referred to by this name. As the years progressed, this bazaar was expanding and expanding from being a small Core known as İç Bedesten to reaching its current status and size by the seventeenth century.
Grand Bazaar has included many other service facilities to serve both merchants, and buyers, as there are restaurants and traditional tea houses, a hammam, a mosque, prayer rooms, and a center for security. Now, in addition to those shops and heritage places. Nowadays, this bazaar includes a police station and post office, many restaurants, and tourist information centers.
While today the Grand Bazaar is no longer the commercial center of Istanbul, it is still one of the best places to get a taste of life in Ottoman-era Turkey.
A Great Shopping Experience In Grand Bazaar
The idea of wandering around and getting to know the Grand Bazaar on a one-day visit is an almost impossible task. Therefore, it is always better to divide your trip to this bazaar on multiple days so that you can enjoy watching the bazaar and get to know the existing shops better. The experience of finding things and bargaining over them is one of the most beautiful experiences you will have when you visit the Grand Bazaar. Most of the shop owners in this bazaar are fluent in several languages, so you will not find it difficult to communicate with the vendors and bargain on the things you want to buy. You will be surprised that there are dozens of shops lining up next to each other, which offer almost the same products, which makes it easier for you to bargain and provides you with good knowledge about the real price of the product you want to buy and. Always remember, take your time to chat and bargain and always feel free to leave and move on when you don’t feel sure and comfortable about the product.
What To Buy In Grand Bazaar?
The Grand Bazaar contains almost everything that you might think of, from Turkish carpets to spice shops, to jewelry stores, souvenirs, clothes, and traditional food products, but in reality, you might be surprised that a certain number of stores are what might be worth your visit to shop and stop at.
Here are some tips on what to look out for and buy from the Grand Bazaar.
Jewelry In Grand Bazaar:
If you like jewelry, you should enter the Grand Bazaar via Beyazıt Gate. There you will feel that you are in a true treasure paradise. As soon as you walk through the gate, you will find many shops that crowd each other with the offered jewelry, as you will find there rare diamonds, modern and antique style jewelry, and jewelry watches.
Antiques In Grand Bazaar:
İç Bedesten is the place where most of the antique stores are. In this section of the market, you will find shops specialized in selling antiques, some of which date back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There you will find antique jewelry, Ottoman items, antique Turkish rings encrusted with precious stones, silver utensils, and home accessories. Every piece in this section of the bazaar tells a story about Istanbul.
Carpets & Kilims In Grand Bazaar:
Many carpet and kilim sellers are located at Zincirli Han in the Grand Bazaar. There you will find a wide range of unique carpets and kilims from all over Turkey, the Balkans, Anatolia, Iran, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
You will find unique hand-woven rugs and kilims that are made with a bright and varied range of colors. Sometimes you will find rare pieces of carpets and many family photos of shop owners that will take you back in time to those simple and beautiful days.
Of course, there are many other things that might be interesting to many visitors too, you can buy small souvenirs, famous Turkish delights, and even fake brand clothes!
We hope you enjoy your visit to Grand Bazaar! While taking an Istanbul tour, don't forget to visit Miniatürk to make the best of your time! And if you want to rest and enjoy a cup of Turkish tea, you can always choose to stop by in the famous Pierre Loti and enjoy the magnificent view of Istanbul!