Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Asia

Grand Bazaar

The magnificent Grand Bazaar is a sight that has to be seen when in Istanbul. This immense market place, called Kapalı Çarşı in Turkish, is one of Istanbul's busiest and largest attractions. It attracts anything from 200,000 to 400,000 eager shoppers and visitors daily. Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets with up to 5,000 shops spread across over 60 streets. You may have seen the Grand Bazaar without realizing as it has often been used in films, the most famous scene being from James Bond Skyfall in 2012.

Shopping at the Grand Bazaar

One of the highlights is the central hall of Cevahir Bedesteni, where you can search for valuable items and antiques, from mother-of-pearl mirrors to silver and gold jewelry. Browsing the stalls, you can pick and choose from a wide variety of clothes, furniture, textiles and souvenirs on sale. Join the vendors at their own game and gain a little haggling experience whilst there. That is what they thrive on and there is always a bargain to be had. Although the bazaar is huge and can appear daunting, it is worth putting on a pair of comfy shoes and exploring this incredible part of Istanbul's culture and history. Don't forget to take a break from shopping and just absorb the atmosphere and vibrancy of the surroundings. The Grand Bazaar opens daily Monday to Saturday, from 9:00 - 19:00.

Alternatives to shopping

The Grand Bazaar has been an important trading hub for the city since the 15th century. As well as hosting some of Istanbul's hardest-won bargains, the Grand Bazaar houses four fountains, two hamams, two mosques and a number of restaurants and cafés. To reach the Grand Bazaar, our receptionists at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Asia are happy to assist with directions and public transport routes. Make sure you also visit some of the city's other shopping destinations including Bagdat Street and Palladium Mall, in Atasehir near to the hotel.