September 29, 2012

Where to Eat in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

We like to think of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar – open since 1461 – as the world's oldest shopping mall. If that's the case, shouldn't the Grand Bazaar be home to the world's oldest food court? That may be stretching the analogy a little too far, but for us the Grand Bazaar is as much of a food destination as a shopping one.

As we see it, one of the hidden pleasures of going to the bazaar (once you get past the overzealous shopkeepers hawking souvenirs) is exploring some of its quieter back alleys and interior courtyards for new dining possibilities, especially some of the smaller restaurants that cater not to tourists but rather to the locals who work in the sprawling marketplace. Here are three of our favourite places.

Read more on The Guardian: Where to eat in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar


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