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Shopping in Istanbul

Istanbul has been a shopper’s dynasty over than 1,500 years, which was well known for the trading point that used to connect China with Europe. Visitors of Istanbul tend to visit the Grand Bazaar in Beyazit which is open from 7.00 in the morning till 8.00 at night from Mondays to Saturdays. The bazaar is a good place to get items at good prices. Better bargains however are usually found in the smaller shopping areas of Beyazit and Sultanahmet.



It is one of the richest cities in history and is as well the most beautiful, captivating and alive cities in the world. Istanbul has an atmosphere of its own, complete with its life-style, numerous attractions and its people. In Istanbul, you have to make sure that you have a lot of time to spare, as they are so many things to see in Istanbul. There are so many magnificent attractions to be seen here in Istanbul such as ancient churches, the old palaces, bazaars, the Istanbul Strait, museums, the great mosques with tall minarets, and other fantastic attractions that are worth seeing.


Most of the shops here apart from the markets stay open until late evening even though the official opening hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 9.00 in the morning till 6.00 in the evening. You will be able to find traders on the pedestrian streets selling pirated CDs, toys, socks and even antiques which are laid on the ground during midnight.


The Sultanahmet, which is known as a famous spot for the tourists, is a place where prices and varieties of specialized goods are competitive like carpets, silver jewelry, kilims, as well as collector’s items.


Çukurcuma which is along Turnacibasi Sokak is the major area in finding the antiques.


The Istiklal Caddesi of Beyoglu has a excess of music, book stores, and clothes, whilst the actual fashionistas should go to the area of Nisantasi which is known as the Champs Elysees of Istanbul, with Hugo Boss, Armani, Gucci, and other fancy department stores like Beymen. Bagdat Caddesi which is on the Asian side as well has a wide range of fashion boutiques and department stores.


In the suburbs, you will be able to find huge shopping malls like Akmerkez, in Etiler and Galleria, in Ataköy


Classic Turkish gifts range from spice trays, fragile even though cheap tea sets, and wooden boxes of Turkish delight to boxes of granulated apple tea. A very popular souvenir from Turkey is the blue ‘eye’ talisman, which can be found in almost every home, room, and shops.


Tax with Value-added is at 18%, and it is usually added up already with most items sold around Turkey, except for hotels. Usually the foreigners with passports are excluded in specially designated tourist shops where they issue specific invoices that can be presented to customs for refunds.


In most of the cases, however, the tax is taken off the bill. Visitors should always make sure that they obtain an invoice for items that are considered as 'antiques' as the penalty for smuggled antiques is a very high and custom officials are often poorly informed as to what represents an antique.

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