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Istanbul – Grand Bazaar

Travel

March 9, 2015

Grand-bazaar-overview

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.

Grand-Bazaar-entrance

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.

Grand-Bazaar
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Lampions

Of every type of shop: jewelry, carpets, spices etc. there were many. The lampion shops were my favourite to see. Super colourful!

Spices--and-tea
Spices
Desserts
Dessert
Nuts

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.

Shawl-OCD

Would this shop owner have OCD?

Boots
Ceramics

The products here are very detailed in decoration. Very nice!

Chess
Vintage-camera

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!
Grand-bazaar-outside

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!

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How much did you pay for the flute? Thanks!

Wow, I don’t remember, but I think maybe 10 euros? Which is probably a lot, even after bargaining.

Wauw wat een prachtige foto’s! Die handgeschilderde schalen wil ik echt allemaal hebben haha

I really want to visit Istanbul and this makes me want to go even more. And you took beautiful pictures, it looks amazing!

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