Grand Bazaar

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Beyazıt, Istanbul

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Grand Bazaar
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By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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expert-rated things to do in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, History, People watching, Shopping

Expert review of Grand Bazaar

Massive covered marketplace full of colourful sights and shops.

Perhaps the original shopping mall, the centuries-old Grand Bazaar is a hectic, historically important complex of thousands of businesses, many of them today touting overpriced souvenirs to tourists, but still home to many fine craftsmen as well. The maze of more than 60 streets and alleys is nearly impossible not to get lost in, but that’s the best way to stumble upon its hidden corners, where traders buy and sell foreign currencies from around the world and shopkeepers slip off to the building’s own mosque during prayer times.

Expert tips: 
Visit during the week if possible; Saturdays can get incredibly crowded.
Escape the hectic press of people and persistent sales pitches by having a bite to eat at Subaşı Lokantası, just inside the main entrance, or Havuzlu Restaurant near the bazaar's police station.

More information on Grand Bazaar:

Price guide:
Market / bazaar
Beyazıt, Istanbul
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 8.30am-7.30pm. Closed Sundays.

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