In Istanbul , shops are generally grouped into areas specialised in one type of product. The places called Çarşı in Turkish ( meaning both shopping centre and bazaar ) are probably the cheapest places to buy Turkish crafts . Shops are generally open 08.30 19:00. Smaller shops opens earlier and closes later.
(most of the shops are closed on Sundays and holidays )
01 ) THE GRAND BAZAAR (
Of course , every tourist makes the trip through the Kapalıçarşı , the grand covered bazaar of Istanbul legend , there are more than four thousand shops in this labyrinth of street; each trade has its own quarter or street , rather like the departments of a modern department store.
02 ) SPICE BAZAAR ( MISIR ÇARŞISI )
Behind Yeni Mosque in Eminönü is another bazaar of a different sort Mısır Çarşısı( Egyptian Bazaar) or the spice market . Here the atmosphere is filled with the heady aroma of cinnamon , saffron and every imaginable herb and spices.
03 ) SECOND HAND BOOK SHOPS (
SAHAFLAR ÇARŞISI )
Worths a visit , if one is interested in old or second hand books in several languages .
04 ) FLEA MARKETS
There are many second hand markets in Istanbul . These flea markets are in Ortakoy , Galatasaray , Topkapı , Aksaray and Uskudar ;some are opened on Sundays only.
05 ) ORTAKÖY HANDCRAFT MARKETS
( Every Sunday in summer ) Just
behind the pier and near the smoll Ortaköy Mosque , around the tea gardens . A
lovely and an interesting place, busier on weekends.