The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world comprising of over 4,000 shops that line its 61 covered streets. Surprisingly, it was listed No.1 among world’s most-visited tourist attractions in 2014, for surpassing the visit counts of Hagia Sophia, Topkap Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque, and Basilica Cistern.


This historic and huge covered market attracts about 250,000 to 400,000 visitors on a daily basis. Each year, the number of visits rarely drops below 91 million. As one of the first shopping malls of the world, the Grand Bazaar was responsible for Istanbul’s wealth and rise to power, given the fact that most trades and merchandises coming from Europe and Asia were sold (and still are) here. Visit for more details and travel suggestions.


The place is also a prime spot to smoke a nargile (hookah/water pipe).