Grand Bazaar

Holiday Travel Guide
Grand Bazaar

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.

Top 10 Hotels Near Grand Bazaar

Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Balabanaga Mahallesi, Fethibe, Laleli-Fatih, Istanbul, Istanbul
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM239 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Located in Istanbul City Center, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beyazit Square and Grand Bazaar. The Egyptian Bazaar and Suleymaniye Mosque ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (714 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM462 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (949 reviews)
"It is a classy traditional hotel perfectly located in the old town area of Istanbul. Featuring a superb view from the restaurant on the 6th floor, nice rooms, a turkish bath in the basement, and an elegant foyer - it was everything we were looking for during our week-long stay. The staff was exceptionally ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2022

Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM564 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Located in Taksim, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pera Museum, Istiklal Avenue and Galata Tower. Istanbul Cruise Ship Terminal is 0.8 mi (1.3 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (959 reviews)
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Reviewed on 15 Jan 2022

Pera Palace Hotel
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Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
Balabanaga Mahallesi, Fethibe, Laleli-Fatih, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM239 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Crowne Plaza Istanbul - Old City, an IHG Hotel
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
4 out of 5
Piyer Loti Cad No:7, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM462 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Sultanhan Hotel - Special Class
Pera Palace Hotel
Pera Palace Hotel
5 out of 5
Mesrutiyet Cad. No. 52, Tepebasi Beyoglu, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM564 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan
Pera Palace Hotel
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 RM436 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Niles Hotel Istanbul - Special Class
Niles Hotel Istanbul - Special Class
4 out of 5
Ordu Caddesi Dibekli Cami Sokak No: 13, Beyazit, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM282 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
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Ajwa Sultanahmet
Ajwa Sultanahmet
5 out of 5
Emin Sinan Mah Piyerloti Cad No: 30, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
The price is RM832 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
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Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class
Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class
5 out of 5
Alemdar Mh., Ticarethane Sk. No:13, Fatih, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM418 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Sura Design Hotel and Suites - Boutique Class
Hotel Arcadia Blue Istanbul
Hotel Arcadia Blue Istanbul
4 out of 5
Dr. Imran Oktem Cad. No:1, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
The price is RM378 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Hotel Arcadia Blue Istanbul
GLK PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa
GLK PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa
5 out of 5
Akbiyik Cad No 46, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Istanbul
The price is RM396 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
GLK PREMIER Regency Suites & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.