Istanbul - Historical Bazaars and Turkish Shopping Tradition

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Historical Bazaars and Turkish Shopping Tradition

Tomorrow, 1:00 PM
(353 reviews)
The Grand Bazaar Area, Istanbul, Turkey
60 mins

About the tour

After the Ottomans made Istanbul the capital of the empire, they built many bazaars in the heart of the city in order to turn the city into a trade center as well. In a traditional Turkish market system, certain sectors used to gather in certain places. Thus, every sector's stock market formed in there. And today, this system continues with only minor changes. In this tour, we will visit the historical book market, the famous historical Grand Bazaar, Mahmutpaşa Street, where the local people shop for marriage preparations, and the Spice Bazaar where we will experience different tastes of the orient.

Meet Safak Kulansi

Safak Kulansi

Born and raised in Istanbul, Safak is a licensed guide whose father is also a professional guide. He experienced the deepest parts of the city and even the country on the tours he attended with the local guides. His whole life since childhood has been spent on tours. Thus, introducing and showing his city to the people became one of his greatest passions. After acquiring this passion built over the years, today we have a guide Şafak, who does what he enjoys most, continues to open all the gates of the city to explore.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Istanbul with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Istanbul. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

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We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Ursula K.

25 September 2021

Lots of interesting information about the history of Istanbul. A wonderful insight into the marriage traditions in Turkey.

Carole d.

25 September 2021

A lot of outside noise and hard to hear.

Brenda W.

25 September 2021

I found the Turkish respect for marriage to be very romantic. It is nice to know that somewhere in the world there are families that support a marriage in every way they can. Very nice.


25 September 2021


Sydney R.

25 September 2021

Knowledgeable and personable.

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