Istanbul was recently named one of the 11 best destinations in the world for shopping by the renowned travel website, Frommers.com.
Eleven cities, including Bangkok, Cairo, London, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Guadalajara, Provence, Jaipur, and Chichicastenango have been designated as the world’s best for shoppers. The 11 were chosen not merely for having the widest range of goods and great bargains, but for ensuring that shopping offers an interactive experience, with atmosphere, history and local colour, as well as sights, sounds, smells and traditions to enjoy.
Frommers.com says although you may be drawn to the ambience of the larger historic markets in Istanbul, you’ll more likely to find locals scooping up bargains at the weekly street markets in residential neighborhoods.
The Grand Bazaar with several thousand stalls and small shops is Turkey’s largest market and is open Monday to Saturday, as is the well-known Spice Bazaar, or Egyptian Market. Sali Pazar street market is held on Tuesdays in Kadikoy and there is another market in Sehremini. On Wednesdays, there are markets at Fatih and Yesilkoy; on Thursdays in Akatlar and Ulus; on Fridays in Findikzade; and on Saturdays in Bakirkoy and Besiktas.