Grand Bazaar


No trip to Istanbul is complete without a visit to the 15th-century Grand Bazaar. Its labyrinthine alleys offer a dizzying array of handcrafted kilims, dried fruit, Turkish delight, filigree jewelry and colorful ceramics that are waiting for the next best bargain. Enjoy a cup of Turkish tea while being lost in the traditional atmosphere of old town in Istanbul, before following narrow streets filled with ottoman architecture to the shores of the Golden Horn. The close by Spice Bazaar, Galata Bridge and Sultanahmet, where many historical sites exist makes this neighborhood one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul.


Travel Times: 10 KM – 45 Min by Private Transportation

Recommended Visit Hours: Visit on early hours between 9 AM – 3 PM every day except on Sunday when it is closed.

Recommended Span of Visit: 2 – 4 Hours depending on needs and availability.

Tips and Things to Know Before You Visit: Grand Bazaar is very big and shops can be very similar in narrow corridors. If you are looking to spend extra time, consider visiting with a guide. Grand Bazaar is very crowded and a popular tourist attraction, meaning that you need to be careful with your valuables. The walkways are generally made of cobblestone, try to avoid wearing high heels to make your visit more comfortable. There is always room for negotiating, try to offer the vendor a haggle of 30% to 40% and never accept a first offer.