10 of the most beautiful tourist markets in Turkey
There is no doubt that shopping is an essential part of any tourist trip, be it medical, recreational or even commercial tourism.
In this report, we cover 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)
It is known among the tourists as the Egyptian Market or the Spice Market, which is a huge covered market, built in 1660 in the busy Eminonu area in central Istanbul, in which taxes were collected from Cairo at that time.
It has been called by other names such as “Valide Sultan Çarşısı” and the new market (Yeni Çarşı).
In its centuries-old history, the market was burned twice, one in 1961 and one in 1940.
During the Ottoman era, the Egyptian market was a place to buy the best spices, herbal medicines and luxury fabrics.
Its shape has not changed much from what it was in the past It is still filled with tourists from inside and outside Turkey who move between spices, herbs, jewelry and gifts.
2- Big closed market, Istanbul (Kapalıçarşı)
This market is located in the center of the historical Istanbul peninsula in the Beyazit region, and it is without a doubt, one of the most popular places among tourists and expats residing in Istanbul, especially those looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones.
The visitor can easily be lost the first time he visits the large market that attracts more than 400 thousand visitors daily.
The establishment of the Grand Market dates back to the fifteenth century, and was devoted to fabrics and jewelry, and to this day, the shops in the Grand Market offer the best products, from home decoration to clothing.
The large closed market is not limited to shops, as it contains restaurants and cafes that suit different tastes.
3- Arasta Pazarı, Edirne Market
Located within the Selimiye Mosque Complex, which is a masterpiece of the Ottoman architect Sinan, Arasta Market includes dozens of shops that attract thousands of visitors constantly.
In his books, Ottoman traveler Ulya Shalabi described the market as “the shoe sellers market” (Kavaflar Çarşısı).
The Arasta Market is a symbol of Edirne, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, and includes shops selling almond candy, almond paste, sweet-smelling soaps, and homemade vacuum cleaners and mirrors.
4- Kemeraltı Bazaar, Izmir
It is the largest open market in Turkey located in the western province of Izmir, attracts visitors from inside and outside Turkey, and includes hundreds of shops.
The market reflects the colorful atmosphere of the city, and its visitors can buy artifacts, jewelry, and choose from a huge range of spices It is advised for those visiting the market to have coffee in the “Kızlaragarasi” hotel.
5- The Brass Market, Gaziantep (Bakırcılar Çarşısı)
Its history extends for more than 400 years, and the art of making copper is one of the most important ancient art in the city of Gaziantep, southern Turkey, for many years.
Artists and coppermen in the copper market make their products and make a living, and the place remains one of the most important tourist destinations in the city.
6- Pumice Makers Market, Safranbolu (Yemeniciler Çarşısı)
Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is located in Safranbolu, Kastamonu State, rich in both urban scenes and Ottoman architecture.
The market includes a number of skilled craftsmen and pumice and antiques, as well as shops selling candy and soap made of saffron.
7- Mardin Historical Markets, Mardin
There are a number of sites worth exploring and visiting in the city of Mardin in southeastern Turkey, the most important of which are historical markets that adorn its artists and makers.
You can find everything you are looking for in these lively markets, from food to clothing to accessories to bridal outfits.
8- Marash Market, Maraş Bazaar
The covered market of Marash is located in the center of the city of Kahraman marash, in southeastern Turkey, and it displays wood carvings, jewelry and ironwork The market is one of the most vital places in the city.
9- Grand Market, Bursa (Ulu Çarşı)
As their marriage date approaches, couples head to the Ulu Charchi supermarket to shop for their new home.
The market is located next to the ancient “Ulu Jamei” mosque, and it contains about 120 shops.
10- Long Market, Antalya (Uzunçarşı)
It is located in the city of Cache, in the coastal state of Antalya, southern Turkey, and it is one of the most beautiful places for walking between shops and gift shopping.
In the summer the area is decorated with floral colors that bring a feeling of peace and comfort.