The Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi) is a plus 550 years old covered market situated in Beyazit, in the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul. It is also one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Grand Bazaar is a popular points of interest and a perfect place with the tourists to end their Istanbul visit by shopping for some souvenirs for their family and friends before leaving for the airport.
Covering an area of 47,000 m2, the Istanbul Grand Bazaar consists of a series of covered labyrinthine streets, passageways and corridors featuring 64 streets, 4,000 shops, 22 entrances and 25,000 employees.You are able to find about
anything here in Grand Bazaar from the finest silky shawls and scarves in traditional patterns to traditional items, from antiques, leather goods, ceramics to the famous carpets, from spices, beautiful handicrafts to gold and jewelry.Grand Bazaar is also the heart of the gold and foreign exchange in Turkey. Especially the jewelry shops take the most interest. Grand Bazaar is not only a place to make shopping, but also a great historical site. You can experience and enjoy a journey in the company of the enchanting scents of the spices, lively colors of the markets, impressive handicrafts, Turkish delight and the tempting smell of the Turkish coffee.