Grand Bazaar is a place which keeps lots of vanishing professions alive with their unique culture. It is the world’s oldest, biggest bazaar where the most variable products are exhibited.
The bazaar includes more than 3 thousand shops and it is visited by approximately
400 thousand people. During the Ottoman Empire era, jewelries and precious hand-woven textiles were gathered in Grand Bazaar from all over the country to be sold, and it is a shopping paradise for the ones who especially appreciate traditional textiles and authentic jewelries.
Oktay Ekinci, former President of the Chamber of Architects, says that “Visiting Grand Bazaar is not just seeing a historical and mysterious place; it is the attractiveness created by the market tradition deriving from the past and by the human warmth intermingled with that, and even the feeling of trust.”
One of the oldest shops in Kapalıçarşı is the Eğin Textile. The shop has a history of approximately 140 years. The firm sells thousands of loincloths to the famous
7-star-hotel Bruj-El Arab in Dubai, and famous designers such as Rıfat Özbek and Dolce Gabbana also frequently visit it.
In addition, the capes and special shawls used in the movie Troy were manufactured and sent by Eğin Textile. The shawls cost around 4-25 YTL, and the woolen shawls (called şekerpare) are 30 YTL.
Address: Yağlıkçılar Avenue, 1
In Derviş, you can find ethnic triple skirts, hand-woven textiles and colorful kerchiefs from Anatolia. The shop is followed up by many designers. The shirts are approximately 35-150 YTL, the shawls are 20-45 YTL, the ethnical triple skirts are 150-400 YTL, and the loincloths are 15-60 YTL.
Address: Keseciler Avenue, 33-35
One of the interesting and attractive shops in the Grand Bazaar is Muhlis Günbatı. In this shop you can find colorful and appealing Ottoman style caftans and other traditional clothes. Among the customers of the shop are Güler Sabancı, Çiğdem Simavi, Yıldırım Mayruk and Dilek Hanif.
Address: Perdahçılar Avenue, 48
In the Adıyaman Bazaar, you can find Gaziantep textiles and very beautiful shawls. The shop is frequently visited by fashion designers such as Rıfat Özbek and the students of fashion designing and patch work courses.
Address: Yağlıkçılar Avenue, 74-76
Gülipek sells authentic clothes of dazzling colors, and it is closely followed up by fashion designers such as Özlem Süer and Cemil İpekçi. In Gülipek, you can find hundreds of alternatives to your taste and budget starting from 5 YTL to 350 YTL.
Address: Yorgancılar Avene, 51
Among the customers of this shop are people such as Donna Karan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rıfat Özbek, Cemil İpekçi and Atıl Kutoğlu. Just like Eğin Textile, caftans and specially-woven textiles were prepared in Yazmacı for the movie Troy starring Brad Pitt. In this shop, you can find authentic loincloths and stamped head kerchiefs.
Address: Yağlıkçılar Avenue, 57