It would be a real crime to visit Istanbul without taking a trip to see the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the entire world.
Spreading over 60 streets, this market has over 5,000 shops, selling a variety of products from carpets to jewellery. Embroideries, hand-painted ceramics and a wide range of spices are also commonly discovered here, along with some well-known and trusted antique shops.
Open since 1461, this trading centre boasts two domed buildings, both of which are extremely historic. Made bigger in the 16 century on the command of Sultan Mehmed, this is a beautiful place for both locals and tourists to visit, allowing a genuine insight into the tradition of the country.
Open Monday – Saturday from 9am till 7pm, the Bazaar welcomes all through its four gates to stroll through its stalls and view its beautiful fountains. Two mosques are situated here, and there are some lovely restaurants and cafés too.