Known worldwide for their enormous sales talent, Turkish
traders will do anything to have you as a customer. It
only takes a few minutes in Istanbul's bazaars, like the
Grand Bazaar or Spice, for example, to understand this
Among the "weapons" to win the customer are
sympathy, warm tea and even some words / phrases in
Portuguese or "portunhol" (if you say where you came
from, of course). The good news, however, is that in
these places it is possible to negotiate the price of
products quite a lot - something impossible to do in
other parts of the world. So don't be ashamed, bargain!
Istanbul bazaars are very traditional places and a
must for those who like to go shopping. Carpets,
jewelry, souvenirs from Turkey, sweets, teas and spices
are some examples of marketed artifacts; however, if you
do not intend to spend in these temples of consumption,
the tip is not to stop to look at shop windows
(otherwise you will be insistently approached), but take
the opportunity to wander the streets full of shops,
enjoy a little atmosphere, have a drink. tea and try a
typical Turkish sweet.
In general, trade in Istanbul is open from 9am to
6pm, Monday to Saturday, but some establishments may
operate at different times and days. Next, the MD
presents some places and regions of Istanbul highly
recommended for those who can't resist shopping! If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage home decor.
Arasta Bazaar / Mosaic Museum
Bath products (bathrooms are traditional in Turkey),
as well as articles such as ceramics, jewelry, carpets,
souvenirs, among other items, can be found in this small
market which is located just a few steps from the Blue
Mosque (to the southeast). Restaurants / snack bars
serving quality Turkish food may also be on site.
After visiting the Arasta bazaar, take the time to
explore the Mosaic Museum ( Büyük Saray Mozaik
Müzesi ), an attraction that is very close to the
market. At the site the visitor will find mosaics from
the Byzantine period (4th to 6th centuries) that were
recovered from excavations made at the Arasta bazaar.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am
to 7 pm (from April to October), and from 9 am to 5 pm
(from November to March). The ticket costs TL 8 and the
Istanbul Museum Pass , a card that gives access
to several museums within 72 hours, is valid on site.
Complete information can be obtained on the museum's
Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar)
Spices, dried fruits, handkerchiefs and fabrics,
jewelery, trinkets, sweets (like the delicious
lokuns ), souvenirs from Turkey and another series
of articles of the most varied types can be found in
this bazaar, which has an incredible atmosphere. Built
in 1660, the Egyptian Market, also known as Spice
Bazaar, is behind the New Mosque (Yeni Valide Camii).
The market, in fact, was built as a kind of
“extension” of the mosque; in addition, a portion of
what is collected there is used to fund charitable and
related projects. Walking around the place is a fun
program, especially for those who enjoy shopping.
The tip for those who do not think about spending in
the bazaars of Istanbul, therefore, is not to stop at
the stores, if the intention is not to buy something.
That's because Turkish traders are excellent salespeople
and will certainly do anything to get you out of there
loaded with bags!
The Spice Bazaar is open from Monday to Saturday,
from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. A tip for those looking for a
restaurant option, nearby, are the small snack bars in
the outdoor area. These establishments sell delicious
kebabs and duruns at very good prices. It is worth
How to get there: Electric tram,
line T1 Bağcılar-Kabataş (get off at Eminönü).
Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı)
The largest and oldest covered market in the world is
also one of the symbols of Istanbul. Let's go to the
numbers of the place which, in Turkish, is known as
Kapalıçarşı: they are, in total, 30 thousand square
meters of area, 18 gates, two mosques, 60 streets, four
fountains and about 5,000 stores and ateliers that sell
carpets, leather, jewelry, antiques, spices and a series
of other artifacts for an audience ranging from 250 to
400 thousand visitors per day. Impressive, isn't it?
Check here the map of the Grand
Even if you are not thinking of buying, strolling
through the Grand Bazaar is certainly a good suggestion
for a program in Istanbul. Inside the bustling market
(if you don't want to face crowds, the tip is to visit
it on a Monday) you will find restaurants and cafes that
serve the famous Turkish teas and where you can sit and
watch the people come and go.
The market, an important shopping center in the city
since 1461, is open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am
to 7 pm (closed on Sundays and holidays).
How to get there: The Grand Bazaar
is a pleasant walk of about 15 minutes from the Blue
Hafiz Mustafa 1864
Lovers of sweets who are in Istanbul cannot fail to
try the delights of the traditional Hafiz Mustafa pastry
shop, which also doubles as a café. On the tempting menu
(with pictures of "filling the eyes") are the
traditional lokuns (gummy candies) and
baklavas, as well as classics like Kunefe -
which takes cheese and is served warm, fresh out of the
oven - and the unmissable puddings (Sütlaç, in
Turkish, which is very similar to our rice pudding).
Delicious teas (like apple, for example), Turkish
coffee, among other traditional drinks are also on the
menu of the establishment, which has existed since 1864
and can be found close to Istanbul's train station and
in the busy Taksim Square.
More information on the site website.
Luxury shops and hotels, buildings full of history,
elegant cafes, restaurants and nightclubs... all of
which you will find in the Nişantaşı district, Istanbul
region which usually attracts a well-selected local
audience. The main avenues - where most of the famous
brand stores are concentrated, such as Armani, Gucci,
Hugo Boss, Roberto Cavalli, among others - are
Teşvikiye, Valikonağı, Abdi İpekçi and Rumeli.
How to get there: The neighborhood
is about 2km from Taksim Square. You can walk or take a
taxi to the location.
This charming neighborhood is located on the banks of
the Bosphorus, offering entertainment options for all
tastes (a place that usually sells out, especially in
the summer). There the visitor will find a great
concentration of restaurants, bars - including bars
specializing in narguile -, nightclubs and street food
stalls that sell the famous Turkish delicacy, Kumpir
(family size baked potato, stuffed with different
ingredients, in the amount TL 10).
A tip for those who want to enjoy the night on the
spot is to head to Muallim Naci street - it is certainly
one of the liveliest spots in the neighborhood!
How to get there: A taxi from Taksim
Square to the neighborhood should cost around TL 10.
Taksim Square / Istiklal Caddesi (Istiklal
One of the most vibrant areas in the Beyoğlu district
is undoubtedly Taksim Square, considered a true symbol
of the modern phase of the city. At first glance, the
Independence Monument, in the center of the place, draws
the visitor's attention - the beautiful and significant
work of art that celebrates Kemal Atatürk, the founder
of the Turkish republic.
Taksim square is always full of pedestrians, both
during the day and at night, as there are several street
food stands, where you can try delicious duruns, doner
kebabs and Islak hamburgers (delicious and
super cheap ).
In addition, from Taksim Square you can see the
beginning of Istiklal Caddesi - in Portuguese, Rua
Istiklal -, an excellent shopping area during the day
(with famous brand stores like Mango, Sephora, Clinique,
among others) and very busy in the city. night time, due
to the large amount of restaurants, bars and night
clubs. A tip for those who want to enjoy the nightlife
of Istanbul, including, is to stay in the mediations