In 2014, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul was listed as the world’s most popular tourist attraction with over 91 million annual visitors. With 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops, there is literally something for everyone within this amazing maze of consumption.
Shopping for everything from lanterns to ladles, its almost impossible to leave empty handed.
The Grand Bazaar is one of my favorite places in Istanbul, not only for the variety of products, but the people watching is second to none.
I also have this weird obsession with lanterns, and the Grand Bazaar is an enabler.
From the Grand Bazaar, head down through the open air shops to the Spice Bazaar, where the beautiful chaos continues…
Here you can discover traditional treats like dried fruits, nuts, spices, and some of the most incredible desserts.
I love just maneuvering through the crowded streets and back alleys like I was channeling my inner Aladdin.
With something to stimulate all senses, its clear to see why the Grand Bazaar (and Spice Bazaar) is so popular.
The next time you’re in Istanbul, bring your wallet and appetite, and just get lost in the magic for a few hours.