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The best markets you can visit in Turkey

There is no doubt that shopping is an essential part of any tourist trip, whether it is medical, recreational or even commercial tourism. In this report, we discuss ten of the best markets that you can visit in Turkey on the sidelines of your tourist trip.


1- Egyptian Market, Istanbul (Mısır Çarşısı)

Known among tourists as the Egyptian market or the spice market, it is a huge covered market, built in 1660 in the crowded Eminönü district in central Istanbul, where taxes were collected from Cairo at that time. It was called by other names such as “Sultan’s Mother Market” (Valide Sultan Çarşısı) and the New Market (Yeni Çarşı).

In its centuries-old history, the market burned twice, one in 1961 and another in 1940. During the Ottoman era, the Egyptian market was a place to buy the best types of spices, herbal medicines and luxurious fabrics. Its shape has not changed much from what it was in the past, as it is still teeming with tourists from inside and outside Turkey who move between shops of spices, herbs, jewelry and gifts.


2- The Grand Enclosed Market, Istanbul (Kapalıçarşı)

It is located in the center of the historical peninsula of Istanbul in the Beyazit district. It is without a doubt, one of the most popular places among tourists and expats residing in Istanbul, especially those looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. The visitor can easily get lost the first time he visits the large market, which attracts more than 400,000 visitors a day.

The foundation of the Grand Bazaar dates back to the fifteenth century, and it was dedicated to fabrics and jewelry. Even today, the shops in the Grand Bazaar offer the best products, from home decoration to clothing. The large closed market is not limited to shops, as it contains restaurants and cafes to suit different tastes.



3- Arasta Pazarı, Edirne

It is located within the Selimiye Mosque complex, a masterpiece of the Ottoman architect Sinan. Arasta Market includes dozens of shops, which attract thousands of visitors constantly. The Ottoman traveler Evliya Çalbi described the market in his books as “Kavaflar Çarşısı” (Kavaflar Çarşısı) in his books.

The Arasta Market is a symbol of Edirne, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, with shops selling praline, almond paste, smelling soap, brooms and home-made mirrors.



4- Kemeraltı Bazaar, Izmir

It is the largest open market in Turkey. It is located in the western state of Izmir, attracts visitors from inside and outside Turkey, and includes hundreds of shops. The market reflects the colorful atmosphere of the city, and its visitors can buy handicrafts, jewelry, and choose from a huge selection of spices. Those who visit the market are advised to have coffee at the Kizlaragasi inn.




5- Coppersmiths Market, Gaziantep (Bakırcılar Çarşısı)

Its history stretches back more than 400 years, and the art of copper making is one of the most important ancient arts in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep. For many years, artists and coppersmiths in the copper market made their products and earned their livelihood. The place is still one of the most important tourist destinations in the city.




6- Pumice Makers Market, Safranbolu (Yemeniciler Çarşısı)

Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is located in the town of Safranbolu in Kastamonu state, rich in urban scenes and Ottoman architecture at the same time. The market includes a number of the most skilled pumice makers and antiques, as well as shops selling sweets and soap made from saffron.




7- Mardin historical markets, Mardin

There are a number of sites worth exploring and visiting in the southeastern city of Mardin, the most important of which are the historical markets that are adorned with their artists and makers. You can find everything you are looking for in these vibrant markets, from food to clothing, accessories and bridal fashion.




8- Maraş Bazaar

The Maras Covered Market is located in the center of Kahramanmaras in southeastern Turkey. It displays wood carvings, jewelry, and ironworks. The market is one of the most lively places in the city.




9- Grand Bazaar, Bursa (Ulu Çarşı)

Couples heading towards their wedding date head to the Ulu Charshi supermarket to shop for their new home. The market is located next to the ancient “Ulu Jameh” mosque, and includes about 120 shops.




10- The Long Market, Antalya (Uzunçarşı)

It is located in the city of Kas in the coastal state of Antalya in southern Turkey, and it is one of the most beautiful places to walk among the shops and shop for gifts. In the summer, the area is decorated with flower colors that bring a sense of peace and comfort.




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