The Grand Bazaar, as its name suggests, is one of the world’s largest covered markets based in the heart of Istanbul. It is filled with over 5000 shops located on nearly 60 narrow streets inside the market sure to take your breath away. One can find almost anything and everything, ranging from gold & silver jewellery, leather, ceramic pots, handcrafted candle stands, glassware and much more. There is almost a complete different section for clothing making you spoilt for choice.
One the best things about the bazaar is the colourful and vibrant vibe it gives you once you enter. The heavily patterned glass lamps, the beautifully woven rugs, ceramic ware, all made me reach out to them and pick one for myself.
On an average, an avid shopper like me couldn’t do less than 4 hours because I had a huge list of items I had to buy for myself and my friends and family. I mean, who wouldn’t want those pretty colourful tea cup sets, right ?
However, if you are looking for something really antique then head towards the centre of the bazaar to buy things like copper ware, mother-of-pearl mirrors, furniture and old coins.
You can access the Grand Bazaar from any of its 4 main gates located at the intersection of its southwestern junction. It is at a walking distance of about 15 mins from the Blue Mosque or Aya Sophia. Alternatively, you can take a tram to Beyazit, University of Sirkeci.