Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı,
or Covered Market; map)
is Turkey's largest
covered market offering excellent shopping:
beautiful Turkish carpets, glazed
tiles and pottery, copper and brassware,
apparel made of leather, cotton
and wool, meerschaum pipes, alabaster
bookends and ashtrays, and all
sorts of other things.
In 2018 the bazaar decided that it would open for business seven days a week from 08:30am to 19:00 (7pm), and would also be open on national holidays during the same hours. The only exception is that on the first day of the Ramazan Bayramı and Kurban Bayramı religious holiday periods, the bazaar will be closed. It will open for the remaining days of each holiday period.
guidebooks claim that it has 4000
shops. Because of cosolidation
and replacement of shops by restaurants
and other services the number is
certainly lower, but you get the
idea: it has lots of shops. Not all
of them, by the way, are for tourists;
locals shop here as well, lending
a welcome dose of authenticity.
dozen restaurants in
the bazaar allow you to have lunch in
the midst of your shopping.
want to hone your bargaining
skills before you plunge into
the markets. Tips...
of pickpockets and
bag-slashers in the crowds.
Yolu, the avenue
from Sultanahmet to Beyazıt
Square (the large plaza next
to the Grand Bazaar) offers many
interesting sights so the walk
is a pleasant one.
the easiest way to get from Sultanahmet
to the Kapalı Çarşı (and
vice-versa) is via the Bağcılar tram uphill
get out at the Çarşıkapı stop.
the way, going by taxi is
not so great (and certainly not cheap)
because your taxi must negotiate
a tortuous route around one-way streets,
pedestrian-only and tramcar-only
really see Istanbul's markets, take
Bazaars Walking Tour from
the Grand Bazaar downhill along Uzunçarşı
Caddesi ("Longmarket Street")
to the Rüstem
Paşa Mosque and the Egyptian
(Spice) Bazaar on the Golden
Horn by the Galata
funny stories about buying antiques
in and around the Grand Bazaar, see
Sun, Strong Tea excerpts
Lamp Shop" and "Rockefeller
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Above, Istanbul's Grand
Bazaar is a small town
in itself, with miles of
passageways, mosques, banks,
police stations, restaurants—and 4000