Istanbul Diary – Chapter 3

Featured in today’s post are two of Istanbul bazaars – The Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Market.
With almost 4000 shops operating in it, the Grand Bazaar is truly grand. Right from 5th generation carpet sellers to shops selling ‘Nike’ and ‘Adidas’ for $10, leather goods, ceramics, jewellery – you get everything. One interesting thing I saw was shopkeepers placing coffee and tea orders over wireless handsets. And it is not just shops, there are mosques, restaurants and cafes too

The Egyptian spice market is a smaller bazaar, with mostly spice shops. The by lanes surrounding this bazaar is where the real action is. This is where we found the locals shopping for furniture, clothes, kitchen goods, cheese, olives, pickles, cured meats and so on. We also visited the Rustem Pasha mosque along the way. It is not very big or grand like the Blue mosque, but the Iznik tiles in here are beautiful and exquisite.
Baazaars

Ali Pasha

This is Şark Kahvesi. A cafe inside the Grand Bazaar. A good place to rest your tired legs after all the walking and bargaining and yes they make good coffee and tea..:)
cafe

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