It is large, fascinating and you can spend long days in it. From clothes, jewelry, pottery, spices, carpets, oriental decorations, second-hand shoes to cafes, restaurants and tea buffets - this market, also known as the "covered market," offers just everything.
The market attracts about a quarter of a million people every day and has 10 mosques. In fact, the large bazaar extends from west to east, over 60 streets. It is an independent urban district, stretching from the Beyazit Mosque to the mosque of Nuruosmaniye. The quarter is also named after the market "Kapalıçarşı."
In the 16th century it was significantly expanded, by Suleiman the First. Since then it has grown steadily, taking over the whole area, so much so that the neighborhood was named after it.
In the 20th century, when popular tourism broke out and became a huge economic and cultural phenomenon, the same vibrant but local market developed. Gradually it became the vast, tourist-rich bazaar.
In the center of the bazaar you will find the center of the carpets and antiques (IC Bedester). On one side is a marble fountain and on the other is an entrance gate with the symbol of the Byzantine Empire. If you pass through it, the gate will lead you to the silver and gold area.
And in general, the big bazaar of today, with its thousands of shops, is divided into different areas. These are "guilds" of professionals and businesses. There are areas of jewelry, other antiques, carpets, clothing, fabrics, household equipment, leather goods, ornaments and more.
There are also countless Oriental souvenir shops, ceramic tiles and Turkish-style pottery, as well as souvenirs for tourists and gifts from Turkish specialties and sweets.
There are countless popular restaurants in the market, coffee shops that sip authentic Turkish tea or coffee and food and drink stalls, where it is fun to savor local Turkish street food.
The market is huge. Set aside time and get out when you feel dizzy.
You should check the goods carefully.
Bargaining in the bazaar is legitimate and recommended.