Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar (in Turkish Kapalicarsi meaning covered bazaar) is one of the oldest and biggest marketplaces in the world. It attracts both locals and tourists from around the world and is home to more than 3500 small shops under one roof.

Grand Bazaar was constructed in 1461 at the order of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. The bazaar which resembles a labyrinth has a 45.000 m2 area located in Beyazit which is about 10-15 minutes walking distance from Sultanahmet. It consists of 22 main entrances, 64 streets and over 3000 shops selling many different kind of goods. Jewelry, spice, carpet and pottery are the most famous ones. The streets are grouped according to what markets sell and also named according it. You can find a range of items in this bazaar from cheap gift items to and expensive traditional carpets as well as leather, jewelry, traditional folkloric costumes and many more. Note that bargaining is not only necessary but tradition in this bazaar.

There are also a lot of restaurants where you can taste Turkish traditional foods when you need to rest.

At past this huge bazaar was mentioned in books of many authors both from the east and west such as Mark Twain. Now, about a half million people visit Grand Bazaar everyday and it is widely mentioned in travel guide books.

Transportation: You can walk from Sultanahmet or take the tram. If you come from Taksim area, it takes about 20 minutes from Kabatas stop to Grand Bazaar stop. It is open everyday except Sundays.

Grand Bazaar on Istanbul Map