The Grand Bazaar is another place you definitely have to visit when you’re in Istanbul. It’s a covered market with a looooot of shops and is within walking distance of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. We went there twice during our trip. The first time to see everything (and that took long!), the second time to buy the things we wanted.
This is how it looks when you’re going inside. From the outside you can’t see that it’s a huge market. I’ve looked it up, but the bazaar has more than 58(!) streets. You’ll get lost quickly, but that’s okay if you want to see everything.
Of every type of shop: jewelry, carpets, spices etc. there were many. The lampion shops were my favourite to see. Super colourful!
Of course there was a lot of food. All kinds of spices, tea and desserts! The last ones look like mini dim sum baskets, don’t they? The desserts are highly recommended. They wrap it for you and put it in a vacuum machine, so you can take it with you on the airplane.
Would this shop owner have OCD?
The products here are very detailed in decoration. Very nice!
There are also shops that sell games like this funny chess set and there was also a camera shop with all kinds of vintage cameras!
When you finally exit the Grand Bazaar (2,5 hours later), you’ll find more stalls outside! They do sell the same things as inside, so you’ll get bored quickly.
All in all, the Grand Bazaar is definitely worth a visit, even if it’s only to get souvenirs. I’ve only bought a Turkish flute at this bazaar, but I’ve bought more stuff at another bazaar, the Spice Bazaar. More about this soon!