Grand Bazaar of Istanbul : Shopping and Souvenir

148 Saturday, Nov 27, 2021

he Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey, is a lot more than an average shopping mall. The market dates from the 15th century after the Ottomans conquered Constantinople (former Istanbul.) Markets like this were traditional throughout the world where they reigned. Sultan Mehmet the 2nd ordered the construction. The Grand Bazaar shop rents were then sent to the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul, which had been converted into a mosque. Initially, the Grand Bazaar was small, but it grew each century until we see the version that stands today.
Shopkeepers in the Grand Bazaar are not shy about letting you know they want your money and do their best to get it. Sixty streets covered with thousands of shops can be overwhelming if you are not a hard-core shopper. On my first visit to the Grand Bazaar, I spent most of my time wide-eyed, surprised by the experience. The crowds were too much, and I did not buy anything.
My second visit to the Bazaar was with two friends, female and foreign; we were all ripe targets. We did survive, though. So I put together my photo guide on everything to know. Let’s discuss souvenirs to buy, shopping etiquette, getting there & how to bargain like a pro. You will come away with some fantastic and cheap souvenirs!
The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul
What To Buy in the Large Grand Bazaar?
Well, it would be quicker to list what is not for sale because there are millions of weird, wonderful, and everyday things to buy. I did not spot any farm animals or day trip tickets to outer space. Streets are grouped undercover according to their products, which is a tradition dating from Ottoman rule. Istanbul’s residents shop in the Bazaar, so you will see household and home goods.