Shopping and Seafood In Istanbul

  • Refresh your senses in the Spice Bazaar
  • Shop for antiques in Cukurcuma
  • Haggle in the Grand Bazaar
  • Enjoy the buzz on Nevizade Sokak

  • Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

    Grand Bazaar, Istanbul


  • The Spice Bazaar is a riot of colour, stalls and smells, where you can buy any number of exotic foodstuffs, including hand-made Turkish delight and creamy goats' cheese.
  • From here, head up to the bustling Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth Ottoman shopping complex housing thousands of leather, rug, ceramics and jewellery shops.
  • Prices are inflated and price tags often absent altogether so remember to bargain.
  • All this shopping is bound to whet your appetite, so head for the waterfront district of Kumpkapi, where you will find more than 50 fish restaurants vying for your attention.
  • Again, many outlets do not display prices, so ask before you order.

  • Afternoon

  • Revived and restored, take a taxi to the Galata Bridge and stroll over to trendy Tunel and Beyoglu, soaking up the view as you go.
  • Take time to browse around the cosy cafes and bars in Tunel, before making your way up Istiklal Cadessi to shop for clothes, shoes, books and music.
  • Further up, the district of Cukurcuma is a hunting ground for antique furniture and ornaments. Nevizade Sokak, just off Istiklal Cadessi, is a narrow street lined with dozens of meyhanes.
  • The area really comes alive at night, when hundreds of locals flock here and passers-by are serenaded by traditional musicians.

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