Food and Shopping
Istanbul is a place to taste delicious food, fruits, fish and let yourself be dragged by the lovely smells from cafés, restaurants and stalls as well as inspired by the intricate shop windows selling sweets. For those who do not like food, resistance will be tested in many shops and while passing throught Grand Bazaar and adjacent streets.
1 The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) is the shopping experience! It is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops attracting 250,000 - 400,000 visitors daily. It serves since Middle Ages and is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather, gold jewellery.
2 Pretzels are a very tasty snack and they are sold in the central Istanbul or at the shores of the Marmara sea. Freshly baked pretzel (simit) topped with sesame seeds or salt is a hard competitor to the baked chestnuts. It is crunchy outside but very soft inside.
3 Fruit stalls are amazing any time of the year. Abundance of fresh fruits of all colours and kinds. Pommergranate juice is delicious!
4 A must in winter time! Hot and tasty chestnuts sold almost at every corner of the city centre. Great snack that keeps you warm while cold winds blow.
5 This is our most preferred restaurant during our stay in Istanbul. It is in a little square of the Sultanahmet below Hagia Sophia close to the Cankurtaran train station. Food is great and atmosphere is perfect.
6 Being tired or cold? Easy remedy! Get yourself hot Turkish tea served in small glasses with few sugar cubes.
7 Shopping for food something sweet in Istanbul never turns you down. Beautifully decorated windows display delights made of sugar, coconut and all kinds of almonds and nuts. Hard to choose but impossible to resist!
8 Turkey has been famous for ceramic tiles and pottery since 16th century. Many things that shop offer are obviously for tourists, but they still make a great colourful appearance. A wide selection of plates, bowls, cups, tiles and other items can be found in almost any pottery shop.