After the Spice Bazaar, but before the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarşi) you need to Caffeine up.. If you don't want the Strong Turkish Coffee you basically have 3 choices: Starbucks, Gloria Jeans or the local & at a fraction of the cost you have: Kahve Dünysai
The Better Half & I saunter in, find a nice cozy chair & begin to drool over the menu. This is a "Must Do" The Coffee was great & I can support any company that gives out free Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans & Chocolate Spoons! Tip: There is a Kahve Dünyasi right outside the entrance to the Grand Bazaar.
Now, all the tourist books & maps will give you a plan of attack for the Grand Bazaar, Good Luck with that! We were already flipped around by our 3rd corridor. Not to Worry, You really can't get lost & they've never locked a tourist in there at night, as far as I know. However, if you see something you like, go look at it right then & there, because you will never find it again,,
The Grand Bazaar is the oldest shopping mall in the world, & with 4,000 "Playfully pushy" merchants it's a sight not to be missed. Grand Bazaar is open:
Monday ~ Saturday 0900 to1900 & It's closed on Sunday. (Free)
Tip: This is a great inclement weather day activity!
The Grand Bazaar is right behind the Nuruosmaniye Mosque.
Tram Stop: Çemberlitaş
There is plenty of signage to help you as well.
Grand Bazaar is one of the top attractions & It's worth the trek even if you're not a shopper. The Bazaar can take you all day or two hours, this depends on how chatty you are: All the merchants want to chat Sell you something, & they ARE Chatty "Where are you from?", "Can I help you find something?" & the best shout out was "Come into my store & buy something expensive you don't need"...
There's no need to be rude, but be prepared for a strong & simple "No, Thank You" & keep walking, If you stop, They Got Ya..
While offering you tea or soda, come into my store, look around, find something you like...
Inside are Turkish delights from the expected tourist souvenirs to the unique items you can find in the nooks & crannies inside this labyrinth.
I fell in love with all of the Light & Candle fixtures.
I did make it home with a few of these wonderfully colorful bowls, They are not priced, Which gives these chatty merchants yet another chance to talk to you & gives you the opportunity to barter on the price.. if you don't like the price walk away, they are selling the same bowls a couple of shoppes down.