Bustling Bazaar

Posted one day early, IΒ made an exception for my Birthday today:)

This is Istanbul’s world known grand bustling bazaar! Easily reached from The Sultan Ahmed mosque, the grand bazaar is in the walled city of Istanbul’s old city.dscf9025dscf9032dscf9033dscf9034dscf9035dscf9036dscf9037Colorful chaotic and crowded Grand bazaar with pointed archesdscf9038dscf9045Turkish flag

dscf9047dscf9052dscf9053dscf9057dscf9065dscf9070Shopping for spices. dscf9071dscf9076Wearing: Forever 21 shirt, Zara pants, Tods shoes, Michael Kors purse


Istanbul’s chaotic grand bazaar was one of the first shopping experiences in the world. It is the oldest and largest market, holding 5000 shops, 60 covered streets while attracting 250 000 to 400 000 shoppers per day, over 90 000 000 each year. It offers anything anyone can ever want or imagine, from the jewellery road to spices, furniture, ceramics, embroideries, carpets, leather goods, clothes… you name it, the market has got it!Β  The labyrinth of shops surely is an exciting shopping adventure.

Not only is there every type of shop one can think of, the colorful bustling bazaar includes two mosques, cafes, restaurants, fountains, hamams (Turkish spa) and four main gates. After some exploring, I truly enjoyed having lunch, trying authentic Turkish kebabs and tea while watching the bustling crowds hustle through the alleys and bargain their purchases.

For today, I’ve only briefly visited the lively bazaar but I’m dedicating another day to come back simply to discover hidden gems & treasures, watch the artisans work, appreciate the taste of different teas and of course try the art of bargaining prices.

The best way to explore the grand bazaar is to simply get lost in it. It’s impossible for new tourists to know their way around in this cultural shopping maze. Get lost in the alleyways, enjoy, appreciate the smell of spices and go with the flow of the Turkish way of life.

Until next time,











72 thoughts on “Bustling Bazaar

  1. Thank you for the beautiful photographs. I just love the lamps and maybe lanterns too. How wonderful to be able to travel like that and as you are still very young you can do so for a long time. I am seeing new places through your eyes and learning about new places and things from your descriptions. Happy Travelling. Love and Light πŸ™‚ ❀


    1. You are very welcome. Oh I agree, the lanterns are so beautiful with their vivid colors and patterns. Yes, it is a wonderful thing, so important to open my eyes to the world and its cultures. Pleased to know my posts and photos allow you to travel with me. Thank you! Much love to you too

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        1. Turkey is a nice place to travel. Many things to see. Its okay if plans have changed and you are no longer going, you can travel Turkey through the photos on my blog until your plans are back on. Happy future travels to you both.

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  2. Hi can you do me a favor? can you visit and follow my site? It was such an honor to be followed by you po. Im just a student and wants to learn more about blogs. Thank you so much.

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  3. Thank you for these images! Seeing the Grand Bazaar again brought back memories of my visit there. It’s an amazing place. Do they still sell the gold puzzle rings? I have never been able to put the one I bought back together properly ( maybe another trip is needed).


    1. You are so welcome. Glad to hear my photos have brought back more memories for you. It surely is amazing. Umm I’m not sure if they still do, I didn’t come across any such rings in the bazaar but I did see those in Florence, Italy. Yeah that’s why they are called puzzle rings. Haha maybe so, they can tutor you to show you how to put it back together! In Italy , the myth associated to the puzzle ring is men would buy them for their wife. When away they would be able to know if the wife stayed faithful. If the wife took the ring off and could not put it back together, it would be a sign of unfaithfulness.

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    1. Thank you so much for complimenting once again. I agree, the colors are everywhere making the place that much cooler. Pleased to know you have enjoyed reading about the facts of the bustling bazaar!


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