Grand Bazaar in Istanbul - November 2018

by Steveandjustyna June. 29, 2019 280 views

If you ever visit Istanbul, you have to check out the Grand Bazaar. It's an experience of its own. It is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world (Wikipedia). Visiting the Grand Bazaar is a cultural experience, like stepping back in time and not like a visit to a "shopping mall".

Let yourself get lost in the narrow passage ways of this enormous place! You'll discover many distinct districts: jewelry, clothing, textiles, spices, carpets, hand bags and leather goods, copper products, silverware, antiques, musical instruments, belly-dancing costumes and others.

Some sellers are very eager to make contact, others are very laid back. Don't feel like you have to buy anything! It's O.K. to look and not buy. Most important - smile and be polite! Many sellers enjoy striking a conversation with passing by people, because they're bored or want to practice their English. Look around you - so many intricate details on the walls, floor and ceiling! "Soak up" this experience like a sponge...

An old stone building near the Grand Bazaar

An old stone building near the Grand Bazaar

The "Gold" district (jewelry) and Turkish flags over head.

The "Gold" district (jewelry) and Turkish flags over head.

Intricately decorated plates with traditional designs and writing in Arabic.

Intricately decorated plates with traditional designs and writing in Arabic.

As tea is a traditional drink in Turkey, there would be no Grand Bazaar without fancy tea pots and tea glasses.

As tea is a traditional drink in Turkey, there would be no Grand Bazaar without fancy tea pots and tea glasses.

There are restaurants inside the Grand Bazaar, but if you're a "budget traveler", like we are, you'll find some cheaper "food options" just outside the Grand Bazaar. Here we're waiting for our kebabs. You can add your own garnishes-salty pickles,parsley, slices of  radish,cumin and hot pepper powder

There are restaurants inside the Grand Bazaar, but if you're a "budget traveler", like we are, you'll find some cheaper "food options" just outside the Grand Bazaar. Here we're waiting for our kebabs. You can add your own garnishes-salty pickles,parsley, slices of radish,cumin and hot pepper powder

Sunset as seen from the ferry crossing from the European to the Asian part of the city...

Sunset as seen from the ferry crossing from the European to the Asian part of the city...

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Bill Birdsong 6 months, 1 week ago

You two are such great travelers, seeing and understanding so much!  If we ever go there, we'll drop your name....I suspect many will remember you! Keep posting!

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Dzmitry Samakhvalau 6 months, 3 weeks ago

gdzie są zakupy?

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Steveandjustyna Replied to Dzmitry Samakhvalau 6 months, 2 weeks ago

W plecaku ;) . Nie kupiliśmy tak dużo - tylko kilka szali, jedną czapkę i kilka magnesów na lodówkę :)

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