Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar - a labyrinth of 4500 stalls
The Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, the Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace...if you’ve only a day or two in Istanbul, you might want to buy a pair of jogging shoes to help you tour all the sights. And you can buy them – and just about everything else – at the Grand Bazaar. The centre of Istanbul’s daily rush and bustle, to explore the bazaar is to lose yourself within the walls of the great city’s mammoth beating heart. Shoulder-jostle your way through the crowds, negotiate with touts and salesmen, catch a carpet auction, walk along the glittering covered alleyways of the gold merchants’ quarter, refuel in the boisterous tea houses – the list goes on and on. The Grand Bazaar’s swallows visitors, exhausts even hardy souls and leaves you wanting more. And those jogging shoes? They’re in the bazaar’s southeast, just between the gold and leather sellers.