Colors of Istanbul: Karakoy & Grand Bazaar


Grand Bazaar is one of Istanbul’s historic sites. This maze of winding streets and domed buildings has served as a trading area for more than two centuries already. At present it is a lively place full of many stalls where you can buy souvenirs and gifts.

Here, one can find high-quality rugs, jewelry, home decoration and so much more. Just like in the Spice Market, you may be overwhelmed with the number of merchants, but the golden rule is always to look around and take the time to bargain.






After a week at my friend’s house, I transferred to a hostel near Karakoy. It was sad to see my friends leave but they needed to enroll in their university, being a student myself I understand that this process could be such a hassle. If you are a traveler, Karakoy is indeed a good place to stay. It is a major transport hub where you can catch ferries and the trams as well. You can also easily visit the Galata tower and Istiklal Street from here.




Karaköy is also a popular place to eat, with plenty of choices especially in seafood. There are many tiny fish restaurants, pubs and cafés located along the quay. One of my favorite things to do here is have Balik Ekmek (fish sandwiches) for lunch and then baklavas after dinner (oh, so heavenly baklavas from Karakoy Gulluoglu).

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