Open air Markets in Istanbul.
Istanbul is the city that has full of open air markets. These markets are opened daily in the residencial areas of the city in spesifi dates under the control of municipality.
These open air markets called ” Pazar ” are the main places that the locals go for shopping.
the prices there are more reasonable comparing to the big shopping markets and the food comes very fresh. In addition to the food locals people ” especially ladies “can find different clothes with economic prices between 10 – 40 YTL.
The oldest Markets in istanbul are; Spice market & Grand Bazar.
The Spice Bazaar, Mısır Çarşısı, Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminönü, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. There are different accounts regarding the origin of the name of the bazaar. Various spices from the Orient were offered here in the past, Egyptian Bazaar was so named because the spices used to be imported from Egypt. On the other hand, in the Byzantine period, the site of the Spice Bazaar was the centre of corn trade.
The Spice Bazaar was designed by the chief court architect Koca Kasım Ağa, but completed by architect Mustafa in 1660.
In today’s istanbul; locals still use this two historic markets. In addition to that everyday in istanbul as we mentioned before you can see different open Market’s for each day. Some of them are ;
**Sali Pazari in Kadikoy ” Every Tuesday ”
** Sali Pazari in Sehremini ” Every Tuesday ”
** Carsamba Pazari in Fatih ” Every Wednesday ”
** Persembe Pazari in Ulus ( More Luxury ) ” Every Thursday ”
** Cuma Pazari in Findikzade ( most recommended ) ” Every Friday ”
** Cumartesi Pazari in Besiktas. ” Every Saturday ”
Idea : This is a speical tour that runs half day and upon special request. The tour starts first with meeting in Sultanahmet in our Gallery to warm up and give you the general overview. After that our staff will take you to the classical Spice market located in the sirkeci area. After going out of the Spice Market we will take you to the open air market just next to the Eminonu. After this visit; according to the day ( note that everyday in istanbul has different open markets in different locations. ) According to the chart above;
we will take you to the lovely open air markets for a visit. During this visit you will be inside the locals and see the part of the daily lifes of the people living in the city.
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