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Top Markets in Istanbul

Top Markets in Istanbul

From the world-famous Grand Bazaar to the lively street markets around Ortakoy, Taksim, and Besiktas, the markets of Istanbul offer a vibrant introduction to local life. There are some 200 markets held on both the Asian and European sides of Istanbul—here are some of the most popular. 

Grand Bazaar

One of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) first opened its doors in 1461, and remains one of the city’s most visited attractions. Located at the heart of Sultanahmet, it’s home to more than 3,000 shops specializing in leather goods, gold jewelry, silverware, antiques, copperware, and carpets, among innumerable other goods. This is one of the best markets to purchase handicrafts and souvenirs, but you’ll need to haggle to get a good price. Opt for a private or small-group walking tour for an insider’s look at the market.

Egyptian Spice Market

A short walk from the Grand Bazaar, the spice bazaar is a feast for the senses, with brightly colored spices and dried fruits piled high, and Turkish delight (lokum) in every flavor imaginable. Be sure to bring your camera. For an in-depth tour of the spice market, opt for a street food tour or take a combo tour that includes a visit with other area highlights.

Kadikoy Market

Many visitors crossing the Bosphorus to Istanbul’s Asian side head straight to Kadikoy, and the bustling neighborhood is best known for its traditional market. A smaller fresh produce market is held daily, but the main market takes place on Tuesday and Friday, when visitors can soak up the atmosphere and tuck into typical Turkish street food like tasty gozleme (stuffed flatbread). 

Carsamba Bazaar

One of the biggest Istanbul markets and a local favorite, the Carsamba Pazari (Wednesday market) in Fatih has thousands of stalls and vendors. A short walk from Fatih Mosque, the gigantic flea markets sprawl through the streets, selling everything from clothes and accessories, to electronics and household goods, as well as fruits, vegetables, and meats. Head here to bag a bargain and to get a more local experience.

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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
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  • 8 hours
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Istanbul Classics & Highlights Full Day Tour

Istanbul Classics & Highlights Full Day Tour

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Head back in time and discover the old world of the Sultanahmet area during this full-day small-group guided walking tour in Istanbul. This tour explores the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque which exemplify why Istanbul is the city where east meets west. Enjoy a walk through the famous Topkapi Palace where Sultan's roamed and harems flourished. Plus, spend time observing the Hagia Irene’s Byzantine architecture and stroll through the Grand Bazaar to witness handicrafts created by local artists.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours 20 minutes
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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar
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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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Explore the fascinating history of Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar during this half-day privately guided tour of imperial Istanbul. Discover the ancient church, former mosque and now internationally famous museum, the Hagia Sophia. This tour will wind you through the Grand Bazaar where you can haggle for Turkish treasures and then take you 500 feet below ground into the historic Basilica Cistern where a James Bond once thwarted evil plans.
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  • 4 hours
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Small-Group Grand Bazaar Shopping Tour in Istanbul

Small-Group Grand Bazaar Shopping Tour in Istanbul

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Perfect your haggling abilities in the heart of the Grand Bazaar during this 3.5-hour small-group guided walking tour in Istanbul. With more than 60 blocks of bustling stalls and shops, the Grand Bazaar is one of the biggest covered markets on the planet. Stroll this labyrinth alongside your expert guide and discover the finest merchants and even try your luck bargaining for crafts and souvenirs. This tour is limited to 15 people to provide a more intimate atmosphere with your guide.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

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Explore the many renowned sites of Istanbul on this small-group, half-day tour of its historical landmarks. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a plush Mercedes minivan. Travel in style with you expert guide to the enchanting Dolmabahçe Palace, then venture to other city highlights, like the Spice Bazaar, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and the Jewish quarter known as Balat. Throughout the day your guide will educate you on the rich history of this unforgettable city. To ensure a quality experience, this group is limited to 14 people.
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  • 4 hours
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

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Sample your way through Istanbul on this small-group food and culture tour. Stroll the city’s historic streets with an expert guide, dipping into local markets and cafes along the way. Taste foods from typical streets vendors and patisseries (own expense), and peruse some local shops as well. This tour offers a great overview of Istanbul’s lively food scene. Group size is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Istanbul Super Saver: Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

Istanbul Super Saver: Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

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Explore Istanbul’s touted sites on the cheap by combining a cruise, dinner with Anatolian folk music and a market visit on this Super Saver tour. Select from two different times to start your tour. An professional guide will inform you about the rich history of your experiences throughout the day. See the Egyptian Spice Market, cruise the Bosphorus Strait, and conclude with a 4-course Turkish dinner, including drinks and a belly-dancing show.
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  • 1 day
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