A Visit to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
We were heading for The Grand Bazaar which was constructed between 1455 and 1461.
One of the Worlds biggest indoor markets.
Zeynep as our wondeful hostess and driver and guide and grandma to Metin Leander, my daughter Ingelin, Anna and me.
Istanbul is a metropolis - a megacity, spreading over two continents – Asia and Europe.
Good then to go with Zeynep, who knows where to park the Car.
And where to take the modern Tram (Street Car) to the Grand Bazaar.
Nine stops crossing the Golden Horn.
And also learn how to pay for the ride.
All about Trams in Istanbul here
We went from Kabataş to Kapalı Çarşı - The Grand Bazaar. Anna and Zeynep are close to enter
Grand Bazaar in Beyazit, on the European side of Istanbul, is one of the City's greatest tourism attractions, and you do not need to buy anything. You only look, if you prefere;)
It's like walking around in a modern Shopping Mall, but the Shops are smaller and private owned. Above you see Grandma with Grandson. He was perhaps the greatest attraction that Day;)
You can find allmost everything here (no fashion of any kind, that will be in an other post):
New and antique jewellery, inlaid woodwork furniture, textiles and embroidery, metalware, lamps, carpets and more can all be found beneath the covered alleyways.
It's very well organized in the sense that all shops selling the same type of goods are located in the same alley. In the middle of the Bazaar you find the above “advertizing” for Boybeyi Jewellery
The Grand Bazaar is huge and crowed. No fixed prices, so you have to bargain. The quality of the goods varies, so you should know how to distinct the genuine from the fake.
No visit to an oriental bazaar without seeing a Lamp;)
What will be your 3 wishes?
About The Grand Bazaar
Can you buy Taxfree?
Some Shops offer Taxfree: 18% off. Present the merchandise and receipt to The Customs Tax-Free office at the airport in Istanbul, located in the International Departure Terminal, is opened 24 hours a day. Do not sign any papers you can not understand when you buy, others than related directly to your Credit Card receipt.
For me it was a great tourist attraction well worth visiting. It gives an insight in historical oriental markets and sales and buying behaviours. Not very unlike modern shoppings malls exept for the lack of fixed prices, sales, A/C, Parking lots and Fast Food.
If you are a skilled shopper, I’m sure you will find treasures here.
Grandson Metin Leander did a great performance. He charmed everybody.
More to come....
PS. Photos from Oslo you have never thought about