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Visit the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Updated: Dec 1, 2021


One of the most famous covered shopping centers in the world is the Grand Bazaar. It is one of the world's oldest and biggest. Emphasis on oldest: Turks value tradition and doing things they have always done. It is possibly one of the first shopping malls in the world. (Side note: this may be why their modern malls are so good to visit! They've been doing malls for a long time!) The Grand Bazaar's construction began in 1455.

It covers over 61 streets with over 4000 shops.

In Turkish, the Grand Bazaar is Kapalı Çarşı, . You may need to use this when searching maps or locations on public transport. Say: cawp-aw-luh char-shuh.

What Can I See When Visiting the Grand Bazaar?

You can see wares and amazing things from all over Turkey.

As the building was built, rebuilt after fires or natural disasters, you can see many different architectural styles and forms from throughout the centuries.

Things you can purchase include Turkish and Persian rugs, Turkish lamps, jewelry, leather goods, and traditional Turkish treats and goods. Be sure to check out some of the spices and other food options.

If you purchase an item, the shop keeper may offer you Turkish tea or apple tea.

Note: the Grand Bazaar is not the same as the Spice Bazaar. These are two different areas, and the Spice Bazaar is smaller.

Insider secret: if you cannot carry all the wares and goods that you want, then be sure to ask for their Etsy or online website. Some of the shops offer online shopping.

How Long Does it Take to Walk Around the Grand Bazaar?

This is entirely up to you and how much you like shopping, perusing, and haggling. There are around 4000 shops covering 61 streets, so you can spend a lot of time in the Grand Bazaar. Do allot at least an hour once you arrive, but we promise you will want more if it is your first time to visit.

What Can I Do with Kids at the Grand Bazaar?

You will want to keep your children close as it is easy to get lost in the bazaar.

Is it Good for Kids and Toddlers?

The bazaar has uneven roads and pathways so it may be difficult with a stroller but it is possible. Keep them close as you peruse and shop.

What are the Age Restrictions?

No age restrictions but be prepared to walk a lot.

Where is the Grand Bazaar?

The Grand Bazaar is in Fatih in Istanbul.

How do I get to the Grand Bazaar?

The following public transit lines have routes that pass near Grand Bazaar:

  • Bus: 26, 66, 77A, HVİST-12

  • Train: MARMARAY

  • Metro: M2

  • Tram: T1

How Much Are Tickets?

No tickets required.

Where Can I Get Tickets?

No tickets required.

Details and Map

Kapalı Çarşı,

Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22




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