June 20, 2011

Conventional Istanbul Bazaars Slowly Being Phased Out

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, and for centuries bazaars in the city represented the center of commercial exchange, stocking everything from daily grocery requirements to quilts and household needs.

Today, Istanbul is filled with multi-complex shopping malls and shopping districts, selling a wide range of national and international brand names. The bazaar concept is slowly being phased out in the fast-paced, dynamic city, but its remnants linger as many historic bazaars continue to stand their ground. Modern shopping facilities in Istanbul are a delicate mix of old and new as demonstrated by the existing bazaars, markets, shopping districts and shopping malls.

Although many Turks still appreciate the historic charm of the Grand Bazaar, most will tell you that the nowadays they specifically cater to tourists, from the items that they sell at exaggerated prices. In fact, most bazaars, apart from a distinct few, have slowly started to be phased out and do not cater, like they once did, to the shopping needs of Istanbulites.

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