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Bazaars & Markets in Antalya

Antalya‘s traditional market area (çarşı) is conveniently located just inland from Kalekapısı along Kazım Özalp Caddesi (formerly—and still sometimes nowadays—calledŞarampol Caddesi).

Look for the statue of Attalus, the king of Pergamum for whom Antalya (Attaleia) was named. The statue is just across the street, inland, from the stone tower of Kalekapısı.

Behind Attalus is Kazım Özalp Caddesi, a pedestrians-only street pleasant for a stroll and some window-shopping.

Attalus Statue, Antalya, Turkey
The Attalus statue

In the first block from Kalekapısıare several currency exchange offices, helpful if you need to change money. Shop around for the best rates—they can vary greatly—and watch out for counterfeit banknotes.

Otherwise, the street is the usual Turkish riot of visual chaos, clothing and shoe shops, boutiques selling ladies’ accessories, electronics, games and toys, and pretty much everything imaginable.

As you walk from Kalekapısı in the first block of Kazim Özalp Caddesi, more or less to the right (east) of the Attalus statue, is a warren of tiny lanes close-packed with little shops, mostly selling jewelry and souvenirs.

This was Antalya’s central bazaar for many years—the city’s prime market for food and indeed for everything else as well.

Other good shopping and strolling streets include the boulevard that passes Hadrian’s Gate, and the narrow streets of Kaleiçi.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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