The 10 most famous markets and bazaars in Istanbul 2023

This article will be your comprehensive guide to the most famous markets in Istanbul, and where they are located, in addition to the popular markets and clothing markets that are of interest to everyone who visits Istanbul.

Shopping in Istanbul is one of the most important things tourists should do while on vacation in Istanbul and in Turkey in general. We have a huge list of the best and most popular tourist markets in Istanbul.

Most famous markets and Bazaar in Istanbul 2023

Popular markets and Bazaar in Istanbul

Grand Bazaar Istanbul – Turkey “Covered Market”

The Grand Bazaar Istanbul or the closed market, Kapalı Çarşı, is one of the most important popular markets in Istanbul. It is truly one of the oldest and largest markets in the city of the two continents, as the first closed part of the market was built in the middle of the fourteenth century by order of Sultan Mehmed II (the Conqueror) in the year 1461 AD, and it took time to build it.

About four years later, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent expanded the market in the sixteenth century, which made it popular locally and internationally, in addition to its long history dating back two and a half centuries, and the artistic design on which the market was built is an important factor in engraving it in the memory of Istanbul and its visitors. The market is covered and decorated with ornate ceilings and gates in the form of arches.

In addition to the various clothes, exquisite textiles, various products, and the famous Turkish carpets, the large roofed market in Istanbul contains luxurious silver and gold artifacts, distinctive watches, precious stones, copper artifacts, old coins, and much more.

Grand Bazaar Istanbul location

The market is located in the historic Al-Fateh district, specifically in Beyazit, on an area of ​​more than forty thousand square meters distributed over more than sixty streets, and it contains everything that the visitor desires and what comes to his mind.

The Egyptian market in Istanbul

It was called the Egyptian market according to historical accounts because of the import of coffee and spices from India and South Asia to Egypt, and from there to Istanbul. The Egyptian market is the second largest market in Istanbul after the Grand Market, as it was established during the reign of Sultan Murad III.

The Egyptian market includes various shops, such as spice shops, natural herbs, and nuts, in addition to Turkish sweets and dried fruit shops. It also contains Turkish gold shops and wonderful souvenir shops.

The Egyptian market has become a major destination for Arab and foreign tourists, as it enables them, during its visit, to acquire gifts, sweets, or sporadic spices that are rarely found outside this market, as it is one of the cheap shopping places in Istanbul.

Where is the Egyptian market located in Istanbul

The Egyptian Bazaar is located in the heart of the old city of Istanbul, in the European section, in the Eminonu district, where the visitor can get spices, sweets, handicrafts, clothes, gifts, herbs, and more

Fatih Bazaar

Fatih Market is one of the largest popular markets that are held in the European city of Istanbul, where the market begins at the entrance to Fatih Mosque , and extends to approximately 7 main streets, and merchants come to it on Wednesday of every week, and sell in it all the products that a person needs in his daily life. Vegetables, fruits, food commodities, health products, clothes, accessories, children’s toys, and other household items.

Where is Fatih Market located in Istanbul

Al-Fateh Market, which is visited by all the residents of the region on Wednesdays every week, is located in a location very close to the Sultan Muhammad Al-Fateh Mosque, and one of the doors of the mosque constitutes an entrance to this large market.

Yesilkoy market

With a large area of ​​​​this market estimated at 12,000 square meters, and with more than 2,000 mobile shops, the Yesilkoy market is held on Wednesday of every week, and this market is known for its great organization of buying and selling operations, and most sellers use credit card devices in buying and selling operations . This market also displays a wide range of products that people consume in their daily lives.  

Where is Yesilkoy market located in Istanbul

Yesilkoy Market is held in the Yesilkoy district of Bakirkoy district, in the European section of Istanbul. This market is considered one of the places that people go to most, with the aim of shopping and securing household needs from one place, at reasonable prices.

Sahaflar Market

Sahaflar Market is considered one of the most important popular markets, which sell used books in the city of Istanbul, and it is a covered market, dating back to the fifteenth century, and close to one of the schools in the region, and some shops that work to secure the needs of people in the region have been added to This market.

Where is Sahaflar Market located in Istanbul

The location of Sahaflar Market is very special in the Beyazit region, near the Beyazit Mosque, as it is located in the old courtyard between the stone lands, and the entrance to the Sadafcilar Gate, which leads you to the covered market.

Istanbul wholesale market

Mahmoud Pasha Market, Istanbul

The Mahmoud Pasha Istanbul market is one of the most famous cheap shopping places in Istanbul, as it contains large numbers of stores and shops that include various local and international products, such as clothes, especially wedding and evening wear, bags, shoes, and household items, at prices that suit all categories, and it also includes Many foods of all kinds.

Where is Mahmoud Pasha market located in Istanbul

Mahmoud Pasha Istanbul market is located in the Molavenari district, in the Fatih district of the European section of Istanbul, and it is close to the large or covered market.

Shopping in Baghdad Street, Istanbul

Shopping in Baghdad Street in Istanbul is one of the most sought-after shopping places in Istanbul, as it is one of the best and most ancient tourist streets in Istanbul  , and visitors and tourists from everywhere still flock to the market; The history of Baghdad Street dates back to the era of the Ottoman civilization, as it used to connect Constantinople and Anatolia, and it was named Baghdad Street in celebration of the annexation of Baghdad to the Ottoman Empire at the time.

And in Baghdad Street, there is a street called Fashion Street, where a group of markets with famous brands line up in the street, and it contains everything that comes to mind of clothes, shoes, souvenirs, antiques, and much more, and in Baghdad Street there are many luxurious cafes and restaurants that offer The most delicious dishes of Turkish cuisine.

Where is Baghdad Street located in Istanbul

Baghdad Street is located in the Asian section of the city of the two continents, Istanbul, in the famous Kadikoy area, and visitors still flock to it from everywhere.

Istiklal Street markets Istanbul

A visitor cannot visit Istanbul without passing through Istiklal Street and its shops lined up on its right and left sides. The Istiklal Street stores in Istanbul are among the most famous Istanbul clothing markets, and it also contains luxurious and valuable stores that include the finest international brands. .

On Istiklal Street, there is a large and varied number of shops that sell various Turkish and international products, such as clothing, shoes, bags, antiques, sweets, and cafes.

Most famous markets and Bazaar in Istanbul

Nisantasi Shopping Street

Nisantasi Street in Istanbul, or the Brands Street as they call it, is one of the most famous shopping places in Istanbul. Indeed, it is one of the most important commercial streets in Istanbul, which is popular with Arab and foreign tourists. Because it provides different and varied types of products and needs that tourists and residents acquire, it is an important center full of wonderful shopping options, and it has the finest international brands, especially in fashion and style.

Nisantasi Street is located in the Sisli district in the European section of Istanbul. Nisantasi Street also contains one of the most important malls in Istanbul , which is Cities Nisantasi Mall, one of the most famous shopping marks in the street. The mall consists of eight floors, and the last two floors include fast food, local and international restaurants. On Nisantasi Street, Ihlamur Palace, and other famous places.

Istanbul markets for wholesale clothes

Osmanbey market in Istanbul

The Osman Bey market is considered one of the most important clothing markets in Istanbul, due to its prominent location in the old city of Istanbul, and because it includes shops for women’s clothing, toiletries, and accessories. The market is also characterized by its constant crowding, as it is located in an area close to the most famous square in the world, Taksim Square. .

The market also includes wholesale and retail stores, and there is a good number of foreign establishments and consulates in it. The market is not limited to selling clothes and various products such as selling perfumes, antiques, handwovens and fabrics, but in addition to that there are companies that design, manufacture and market clothes to different parts of the world. , such as Asian countries, Arab countries, and the Balkan countries.

After the shopping is over, the visitor can wander near the market, in the most famous international tourist attractions in Istanbul, such as Istiklal Street, Osman Bey Istanbul Street, the Wax Museum, or relax in the Galatasaray bath.

Where is Osman Bey market located in Istanbul

The Osmanbey market is located in the Sisli district , close to some of the tourist places in Istanbul, such as Taksim, and the subway and buses are the best means of access to it, as the market is steps away from the station of the same name, Osmanbey Station.

Marter Wholesale Market in Istanbul

Marter Market is one of the most famous clothing markets in Istanbul. Especially the clothes of Turkish veiled women, children’s clothes, and men’s clothes. Rather, it contains all that the tourist and the shopper want from his shopping needs, as it includes huge numbers of shops, shops, and commercial centers with various tastes produced by the clothing industry in Turkey, and therefore the Istanbul Marter wholesale market is one of the most Wholesale clothing markets are the favorite of the Arabs, as they frequent it for wholesale purchases, due to the ease of trade operations it provides, as it includes many customs clearance and shipping companies.

Where is Marter Market located in Istanbul

Marter Market is located in Istanbul, in the Mariter district, in the European section of Istanbul, and it is still the most important wholesale market in Turkey, and visiting it is one of the most enjoyable things.

Abdullah Habib
Abdullah Habib

Merhaba! I'm Abdullah Habib. In this article, I share the essence of my 7-year journey in Turkey - as an expat and foreign student. With a heart full of stories and a mind rich with insights from my experiences, I've written this piece just for you. So, without further ado, sit back, relax, and enjoy the read!

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