Top 7 Historical Bazaars & Markets in Istanbul with Local Advice

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Istanbul has everything for every budget and style. Kapalicarsi (the Grand Bazaar) is without a doubt is the most popular tourist spot for shopping in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) is a shopping adventure that you won’t want to miss. Than comes the nearby Egyptian Market (Misir Carsisi) where you may find numerous species of spices.


In addition; Cukurcuma, the neighborhood of Beyoglu is famous for its antiquaries. It worth a visit and buy antiques in Cukurcuma.

Istanbul’s Popular Historical Bazaars & Markets

1. Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) in Beyazit

Top 7 Historical Bazaars & Markets in Istanbul with Local Advice

The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) is without a doubt is the most popular tourist spot for shopping in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar is a shopping adventure that you won’t want to miss. A series of covered streets feature over 4,000 merchants all selling their products and wares. You can find anything here from spices, dried fruits, basketry, drapery, haberdashery, boots and slippers to gold and silver jewelry. Continue reading…

2. Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) in Eminonu

Top 7 Historical Bazaars & Markets in Istanbul with Local Advice

The Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) is also one of the most popular covered bazaars in Istanbul where visitors may find variety of quality spices. It is located in Eminonu. Continue reading…


3. Arasta Bazaar in Sultanahmet

Top 7 Historical Bazaars & Markets in Istanbul with Local Advice

The Arasta Bazaar, located just behind the Blue Mosque is famous for its jewelry, pottery, spice, textiles and carpet shops. Google Map

4. Historic Copper-smiths Market in Beyazit

Top 7 Historical Bazaars & Markets in Istanbul with Local Advice

Located under the surrounding walls of the Istanbul University central building in Beyazit, the historic Copper-smiths Market (Bakircilar Carsisi) is a fantastic one. You can find variety of hand made copper items and some souvenir shops.

5. Antique Books Market in Beyazit

Top 7 Historical Bazaars & Markets in Istanbul with Local Advice

The Antique Books Market (Sahaflar Carsisi) is located in the Beyazit Square, between the Grand Bazaar and the Beyazit Mosque. It is a great bazaar with numerous book stores, second hand book dealers and antique book sellers. Google Map

6. Beyoglu Fish Market in Istiklal Aveneu, Taksim

Top 7 Historical Bazaars & Markets in Istanbul with Local Advice


The Beyoglu Fish Market is located behind the famous Cicek Passage in Istiklal Street, Taksim. It is a great market for buying fresh fish. Google Map

7. Women’s Bazaar in Unkapani, Fatih

Located in Unkapani, at the Fatih district, the Women’s Bazaar (also known as Siirt Bazaar), is a fantastic place that you can find very good quality local food from Turkey’s southeastern cities such as Siirt, Adiyaman, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Bitlis and Mus.

You can also find wide range of herbs that you might not have heard anywhere before. You can taste them with the pastries that are made with these herbs there. The honey stands are also attractive. The variety of cheese and cheese products are also popular. Google Map


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