The Grand Bazaar is a covered market that is situated in Fatih, Istanbul. Considered as the number 1 most visited tourist attraction in the world in 2014 with 91,250,000 annual visitors, the bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, and was often regarded as one of the first shopping malls in history. It has 61 covered streets and more than 4,000 shops that attract around 250,000 to 400,000 people daily.
Although many shopping malls opened in Istanbul in the recent years, but the Grand Bazaar is still catching the attention of tourists through adapting a special concept that distinguishes it from other shopping destinations.
If you’re interested in gold jewelry, silverware, antiques, leather goods, casual clothes, furniture, carpets, or food; then the grand bazaar should be your first stop in your next trip to Istanbul.
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The Grand Bazaar opens daily except for Sunday and days of public holidays.