May 23, 2023

There is no doubt that shopping is an essential part of any tourist trip, whether it is medical, recreational or even commercial tourism. In this report, we discuss ten of the best markets that you can visit in Turkey on the sidelines of your tourist trip.

1- The Egyptian Market, Istanbul (Mısır Çarşısı)

Known among tourists as the Egyptian market or the spice market, it is a huge covered market, built in 1660 in the crowded Eminonu district of central Istanbul, where taxes were collected from Cairo at the time. It has been called by other names such as “Sultan’s Mother’s Market” (Valide Sultan Çarşısı) and the New Market (Yeni Çarşı).

In its centuries-old history, the market burned twice, one in 1961 and the other in 1940. During the Ottoman era, the Egyptian market was a place to buy the best types of spices, herbal medicines, and luxurious fabrics. Its shape has not changed much from what it was in the past, and it is still crowded with tourists from inside and outside Turkey who move between the shops of spices, herbs, jewelry and gifts.

2- The Great Closed Market, Istanbul (Kapalıçarşı)

It is located in the center of the historical Istanbul Peninsula in the Bayezid district. Without a doubt, it is one of the most popular places among tourists and expats residing in Istanbul, especially those looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. A visitor can easily get lost the first time they visit the large market, which attracts more than 400,000 visitors daily.

The establishment of the large market dates back to the fifteenth century, and it was devoted to fabrics and jewelry, and until today the shops in the large market offer the best products, from home decorations to clothes. The large closed market is not limited to shops, as it contains restaurants and cafes that suit different tastes.

3- Arasta Market, Edirne (Arasta Pazarı)

It is located within the Selimiye Mosque complex, and it is a masterpiece of the Ottoman architect Sinan. Arasta Market includes dozens of shops that constantly attract thousands of visitors. The Ottoman traveler Evliya Çalabi described the market in his books as “the market of shoe sellers” (Kavaflar Çarşısı).

Arasta Market is a symbol of Edirne, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, and houses shops selling almond sweets, almond paste, fragrant soaps, and locally made brooms and mirrors.

4- Kemeraltı Bazaar, Izmir

It is the largest open market in Türkiye. It is located in the state of Izmir in the west of the country, attracting visitors from inside and outside Turkey, and it includes hundreds of shops. The market reflects the colorful atmosphere of the city, and visitors can buy handicrafts, jewellery, and choose from a huge array of spices. Those who visit the market are advised to have coffee at the “Kizlaragasi” inn.

5- The copper market, Gaziantep (Bakırcılar Çarşısı)

Its history spans more than 400 years, and the art of making copper is one of the most important ancient arts in the city of Gaziantep, southern Turkey. For many years, artists and coppersmiths in the copper market make their products and earn their living. The place is still one of the most important tourist destinations in the city.

6- The Pumice Makers Market, Safranbolu (Yemeniciler Çarşısı)

Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is located in the town of Safranbolu, Kastamonu Province, which is rich in urban scenes and Ottoman architecture at the same time. The market includes a number of the most skilled pumice makers and antiques, as well as shops selling sweets and soap made from saffron.

7- Mardin Historical Markets, Mardin

There are a number of sites that are worth exploring and visiting in the city of Mardin, southeastern Turkey, and the most important of them are the historical markets that are decorated with their artists and makers. You can find everything you are looking for in these vibrant markets, from food to clothes, accessories and bridal wear.

8- Maraş Bazaar

Maraş Covered Market is located in the center of Kahramanmaraş, southeastern Türkiye. It displays wood carvings, jewelry, and iron artifacts. The market is one of the most vibrant places in the city.

9- The Great Market, Bursa (Ulu Çarşı)

As their wedding date approaches, couples head to the large market, Ulu Charchi, to shop for their new home. The market is located next to the ancient “Ulu Jameh” mosque, and includes about 120 shops.

10- The Long Market, Antalya (Uzunçarşı)

It is located in the city of Kas, in the coastal state of Antalya, in southern Turkey, and it is one of the most beautiful places for walking among shops and shopping for gifts. In the summer, the area is decorated with flowers that bring a sense of peace and comfort

Source: Türkiye Press

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