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Grand Bazaar

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Grand Bazaar.

Grand Bazaar features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Istanbul City Guide3-day Istanbul City Guide5-day Istanbul City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • The world's oldest covered market
  • Dazzling atmosphere

Time required: 60 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Mon - Sat: 9am - 7pm
Sundays: Closed

Public transport:

  • Tram Line T1: Beyazit stop

Address: Mollafenari Mh., Ç. Nuruosmaniye Caddesi, Istanbul

Things you need to know:

  • Istanbul's Grand Bazaar is the world's oldest market and one of the world's largest buildings
  • Sultan Mehmet II built the market soon after conquering Constantinople as the trading center of the Ottoman Empire. The bazaar was opened in 1461
  • The traditional leather stores, spice and pottery shops, carpet, antique, and jewelry dealers are typical of the bazaar. Many shops nowadays sell souvenirs
  • The market is one of the liveliest places of the city
  • The bazaar in numbers: 307,000 m2 (3,30500 sq ft), 61 covered streets, 4,500 shops, 30,000 traders, between 250,000 and 500,000 daily visitors
  • Besides the shops, it gives home to two mosques, two Turkish baths, fountains, multiple restaurants and cafés

What to do there:

  • Have fun getting lost in the labyrinth of the bazaar
  • Enjoy the lively atmosphere
  • Shop for some food, spice, jewelry and clothes

Tips & Insights:

  • Do not forget to do some bargaining if you want to buy a souvenir
  • Great experience even for those who hate to shop

Grand Bazaar features in these preplanned City Guides: