The only place in Istanbul where you can shop to your hearts content,lose your way and still be happy.
The grand bazaar is open only till 7:30 so plan your day accordingly as this place offers many shops to buy souvenirs, lamps etc. Just next to the grand bazaar is an old adda for hukkah. The place is full of people and is filled of hukkah smoke with different flavors. We sat there for few hours having apple flavour hukkah and tea. The hukkah is for 15 lira and each cay (chai) for 1 lira. The place had a beautiful shop for lamps, but as expected expensive. On the main metro/ tram road, there was a shop on left side where I bought my single lamp for 25 lira each for a small size. If you plan to buy lamps, you can set aside a budget of 30-50 Lira per lamp based on the size of the lamp.
This is one of the oldest and largest marketplaces in the world with more than 4000 shops selling everything from spices to carpets to antiques of any kind. For any tourist hoping to buy a few souvenirs, this is the place to be. This truly reminds you of the famous souks in various countries in the Middle East.
Shop. haggle. Enjoy the crowded bazaar.
A trading center since 1461, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, attracting between 250,000 and 400,000 shoppers daily. There are 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops providing one of the most exciting shopping experiences. Here you can buy anything from fashion, jewellery, Turkish ceramics, carpets, textiles and spices. The complex houses two mosques, four fountains, two hamams, and several cafés and restaurants. In the centre is the high domed hall of the Cevahir Bedesten. To get there, take a tram to Beyazit, Üniversite or Sirkeci. Alternatively, the Grand Bazaar is around 15 minutes’ walk from the Aya Sofya/Blue Mosque area (Opening times are Monday to Saturday between 09:00 and 19:00. Closed Sundays and bank holidays) Traveller Tip: When shopping at the Spice Market or Grand Bazaar, taste before you buy, buy from a reputable, high-turnover supplier and pay in Turkish Lira.