Istanbul’s most famous shopping emporium is the sprawling, tourist-centric Grand Bazaar, where souvenirs like carpets, T-shirts, and jewelry go on sale. More atmospheric is the Spice Bazaar, a colorful, aromatic drop-in for Turkish delicacies (spices, cheeses and desserts). Modern Istanbul also has numerous glitzy shopping malls selling everything from clothes to groceries.

Shopping in Istanbul


The art of felt-making thrives in this Turkish shop – find exquisite souvenirs, hats and bags here.

Kucuk Aya Sofya Caddesi 13, 011-90-212-638-6271,
Tags: shopping | crafts

Grand Bazaar

Many items in this 4,000-shop oriental bazaar are uninspired, but classier shops in the must-visit Halicilar Sokak sell silk towels, one-off gift items, and great jewelry. Take time to browse. For more suggestions on navigating the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, check out our Top 10 Tourist Trap Tips.

Kapali Carsi; Yeniciler Caddesi,
Tags: family | shopping | historic | jewelry | jim's pick

Istanbul Handicrafts Center

Scour the rooms of an old medrese for traditional items like picture frames, hand-made glass, calligraphy, and embroidery. Come in the afternoon to watch artisans carrying out their crafts.

Kabasakal Caddesi 5, 011-90-212-517-6784
Tags: family | shopping | historic | crafts

Nakkas Carpet Shop

Snag a carpet at one of the town’s most exclusive, best-stocked shops. Situated above a 1500-year-old Byzantine cistern near the Blue Mosque, the shop also sells jewelry and Iznik tiles.

Nakilbent Sokak 33, 011-90-212-516 5222,
Tags: shopping | history

Spice Bazaar

Otherwise known as the Egyptian Bazaar, this is the place to shop for local flavors – spices, herbs, Turkish delight, exotic cheeses – beneath soaring stone arches.

Misir Carsisi,
Tags: family | shopping | historic | culinary

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