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Grand Bazaar
Holiday Travel Guide

Visit one of the biggest and oldest covered markets in the world, a real taste (and smell and sound!) of the diversity that Turkey has to offer.

Originally opened in the mid-15th century by Sultan Mehmet II as a site for textile trading, the Grand Bazaar continues to offer everything from pottery and tiles to spices and brassware, as well as belly-dancing clothes, pipes, ashtrays, and much more. It used to be that each street had a craft, and while this isn't strictly the case any longer, there are areas of the bazaar where you'll be able to compare your craft of choice side by side with lots of others.

Located between the Bayezid and Nuruosmaniye mosques, the Grand Bazaar covers a huge area. Keep a look out for the Cevavir building, the oldest structure here and a fine example of Ottoman architecture and design.

Walking through one of its 21 gates, you'll find yourself among 3,000 shops under a seemingly endless sea of roofs, in a maze of over 60 streets. Allow yourself to get pleasantly lost among the bustling crowds, and soak up all the different and varied goods on offer – this is not a place for a quick visit! Listen to the calls of the vendors, and make sure that you're ready to engage in the strong local custom of haggling, as the shopkeepers can be very good at talking you around.

Pick up a beautiful and intricate Persian rug, or watch a demonstration of the weaving process. The goods on offer are wonderful, but they form only a part of the experience here. The Grand Bazaar is always full of people, so soak up the atmosphere as you walk around. Check out the old mosque and the fountain. Sit down in a cafe or restaurant in a hans (three storey building), or sample some deliciously sweet Turkish delight.

The Grand Bazaar is in the Old City, in the Fatih district and is open every day, except Sundays. The easiest way to get here is to take the tram to Byazit or to walk. Given that it is always crowded, you should be cautious of your belongings and beware of pickpockets.

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The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 18 Mar to 19 Mar

This family-friendly Istanbul hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Galata Tower and Mixer. Taksim Square and Suleymaniye ...

4/5Very Good! (973 reviews)

"The view of the hotel is excellent. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis, the staff are cheerful at all times and they have 24 hour room service"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

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Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Binbirdirek Mahallesi, Dizdariye Yokusu Sokak no 6, Istanbul, Istanbul
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM96 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Located in Sultanahmet, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cemberlitas Bath, Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque. Sultanahmet Square and Basilica Cistern are ...

4/5Very Good! (92 reviews)

"Overall great experience, everyone was nice to meet and room service was great!"…"

Reviewed on 10 Dec 2020

Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM257 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Located in Sultanahmet, this spa hotel is steps away from Cemberlitas Bath and Column of Constantine. Sultanahmet Square and Blue Mosque are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)

"Close to all tourists attractions, very nice and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
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The Marmara Pera
The Marmara Pera
4 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. Tepebasi, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM250 per night from 18 Mar to 19 Mar
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Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Sultanahmet Nu Hotel
Binbirdirek Mahallesi, Dizdariye Yokusu Sokak no 6, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM96 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
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Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM257 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
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Levni Hotel & Spa
Levni Hotel & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Ankara Caddesi No: 12 Sirkeci, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM251 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
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Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul
5 out of 5
Visnezade Mah. Acisu Sok. NO. 19, Macka Besiktas, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM770 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
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Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel
5 out of 5
Divanyolu Cd. Alemdar Mah., Ticarethane Sk. No 10 Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM363 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar
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Radisson President Beyazit Istanbul
Radisson President Beyazit Istanbul
Tiyatro Caddesi, No. 25, Beyazit, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM323 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar
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Hotel Sultania- Boutique Class
Hotel Sultania- Boutique Class
4.5 out of 5
Ebusuud Caddesi Mehmet Murat Sok. No 4, Sirkeci, Istanbul, Istanbul
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Hotel Fehmi Bey - Special Class
Hotel Fehmi Bey - Special Class
Binbirdirek Mah. Ucler Sok. No.15, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
The price is RM163 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
Hotel Fehmi Bey - Special Class
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