Grand Bazaar

Address: Beyazıt, Istanbul, Turkey

- Free


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • History