The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 65 streets and 5,500 shops, and attracts around 300 000 visitors daily. You can find there all sorts of products ; carpets, jewellery, turkish delights, spices, leather goods, antique shops, narghile, embroideries, hand-make ceramics etc… and you’ll find cafés here and there to rest because this is huge and you can walk hours inside.
It has been an important trading center since the 15th century, and has been hugely extended during the 16th century.
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 9:00 – 19:00. Closed Sundays and bank holidays.
the closest tram station is Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı . 5 minutes walks.
or you can walk 15 minutes from Aya Sofya Museum .
on the way, you’ll find all sorts of shops
Hooka, Narghile, Shisha, many different names for this smoking device :
Hereke is a costal town (60 km from Istanbul) where carpets are produced. nowadays very few carpets are really made in Hereke with the genuine turkish silk.