Grand Bazaar Istanbul
The Grand Bazaar is one of Istanbul’s most mesmerising attractions. Its thousands of shops and vibrant atmosphere make it one of the city’s most attractive places to go, for tourists and locals alike.
At Pera Palace Hotel, Jumeirah, you’ll be within convenient reach of the Grand Bazaar, as well as the city’s other main shopping attractions. Explore Beyoğlu, where the hotel is located, to discover wonderful shops, cafes and nightlife.
Navigating the Grand Bazaar
It’s easy to get lost in the Grand Bazaar, so make sure you stick with your family, friends or tour guide, or keep a map to hand. This enormous bazaar is one of the world’s largest covered markets, spread over 60 streets and containing over 3000 shops.
The Grand Bazaar is also one of the oldest of its kind, with roots stretching back to the 15th century. Its first ‘bedestan’ (domed building) was built in 1455 on the orders of Sultan Mehmet I. In the 16th century, it was expanded by Suleiman the Magnificent. During its history, the Grand Bazaar has seen damage from fires and most significantly, an earthquake in 1894. However, its subsequent restoration ensured it remained intact and today, its marvellous labyrinthine structure is said to attract up to 400,000 people each day.
What to buy in the Grand Bazaar
Many people visit the Grand Bazaar to marvel at its beautiful interior and mind-boggling array of shops. But, of course, there’s plenty to buy here too, with certain sectors of the market specialising in different goods. Look out for streets of gold jewellery, and others lined with leatherware and furniture. Visitors can also find traditional Turkish sweets like Turkish Delight on offer.