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Whether your passion is fashion, shoes, accessories, home-ware or local items, Turkey boasts of a huge collection of shops selling these. Stroll along the streets to discover antiques, designer boutiques and local crafts or come across street sellers that wander from corner to corner.
1. Grand Bazaar Istanbul
Opening hours: 8.30am to 7.00pm (Mon-Sat), Sunday closed
Get ready to get lost in one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world situated in the heart of the old city of Istanbul – the Grand Bazaar. This sprawling, colourful and chaotic bazaar includes 60 streets covered by 5,000 shops that attracts 200,000 to 400,000 tourists’ every day. A heaven for shoppers interested in traditional shops and goods, these open streets also have several cafes and restaurants to try out the local Turkish cuisine.
What to buy in Grand Bazaar: Carpets, jewellery, embroideries, hand-painted ceramics, spices and antique shops.
2. Historical Bazaars
Egyptian Spice Bazaar: The nearby Egyptian Spice Bazaar is one of the best places for shopping in Turkey. It offers an enticing array of jams, dry fruits, exotic spices, coffee, tea, nuts, and of course multitude of flavours. From its famous ceramics to designer handicrafts, calligraphy and miniatures, you will get everything at the nearby Istanbul Handicrafts Centre.
Outdoor Markets: Turkey also offers many vibrant outdoor markets, selling variety of fresh food and produce, antiques and clothes. On every Sunday, a flea market is held in Istanbul near the Grand Bazaar, and also in the Horhor Market in Aksaray on weekends. For items of crafts, arts and jewellery, feast in Ortakoy while city’s fresh food markets are also famous for their fresh offerings.
3. Shopping Malls in Turkey
Cevahir Mall in Istanbul: Also known as Istanbul Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Centre, it is not only the biggest shopping mall in Istanbul but also the biggest shopping mall in Europe. It is also the 6th biggest shopping mall in the world. Designed in traditional Arabic style, with palm trees inside; the mall is also home to cinemas, delicious food and entertainment.
ANKA Mall in Ankara: This is the second largest shopping mall in Turkey after Cevahir Mall in İstanbul. ANKA Mall hosts over 320 different brands including locally and internationally famous ones and it also offers a movie theatre with 10 halls and kids zone. It’s an amazing place in Turkey to take your kids!
Mall of Istanbul: Mall of Istanbul is one of the biggest malls of Turkey and hosts the leading brands in the world attracting hordes of tourists every year. Because of the variety and the extensive numbers f stores it offers, the mall is amongst the most popular one in the country.
Agora Avm in Izmir: Izmir is an innovative and dynamic name of fashion and entertainment. From clothing, accessories, household textiles, cosmetics, to the number of restaurants offering international cuisines, it has become the largest shopping centre in Izmir.
Tip- Bargaining an important art while Shopping in Turkey
Bargaining is sometimes a part of the shopping experience. One needs to be an expert at the art in Turkey, though. Do it right, and it can be a profitable, pleasant and social experience. No visit to Istanbul is complete without a trip to the mother of all shopping centres in Turkey – the Grand Bazaar. Even though, Istanbul has many shopping malls, locals are more likely to shop at Grand Bazaar. This is a place not to be missed in Turkey.
What to buy in Turkey?
Currency & Money
There’s more to shopping in Turkey than just colourful carpets. Traditionally a place of trade and commerce, shopping and haggling are part of the fabric of life here, and whether your preference is busy bazaars or more modern malls, rare is the visitor who doesn’t come away with some token of their time here.
Souvenir shoppers will find all sorts of items here. Locally made Turkish handicrafts include textiles, embroideries, copperwork, ceramics, and pottery, onyx, mother-of-pearl, inlaid woodwork, leather and suede products, jewellery, rugs and kilims. Nargiles (water pipes) and musical instruments make good, reasonably priced souvenirs.
When buying big ticket items, get a receipt of the transaction. This can then be shown to customs agents at the airport to verify the purchase is above board and within allowances.
Shopping Hours- Daily 0930-1900 in tourist areas. Closing hours vary, with some shops staying open until midnight. Outside tourist areas shops may close at lunchtime and on Sundays. Istanbul covered market: Mon-Sat 0800-1900 (closed Sunday).
Currency information New Turkish Lira (TRY; symbol YTL) = 100 New Kurus (Ykr). Notes are in denominations of YTL200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of YTL1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 New Kurus.
Visa is the most popular, closely followed by MasterCard. American Express is accepted in top-flight hotels, restaurants and some gift shops. ATMs are widely found in most areas. In all smaller restaurants, bars, guesthouses and shops cash is preferred. Many establishments in resort areas will accept Euros.
ATMs are easily found in most urban areas. As with all transactions be careful with your card, taking care to keep it in sight, and be discreet with cash. Banking hours
Mon-Fri 0830-1200 and 1330-1700. Some banks in tourist areas and large cities are open daily. Cash can be exchanged in currency exchange offices (döviz bürosu) in all major cities and towns. Banks charge commission.
MUST TRY ITEMS:
Thinly rolled pastry, often the paper thin variety known as yufka, is wrapped around various savory fillings or arranged in layers . The myriad types of börek are unmatched delicacies when cooked to perfection. Boreks can be fried, baked, cooked on a griddle or boiled.
Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.
Gözleme. is a traditional savory Turkish flatbread and pastry dish, made of hand-rolled leaves of yufka dough that are lightly brushed with butter and eggs, filled with various toppings, sealed, and cooked over a griddle. The dough is usually unleavened, and made only with flour, salt and water.
VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS ALL OVER TURKEY:
1. Dubb Indian Restaurant
Address: Alemdar Mh., İncili Çavuş Sk. No:10, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey:
Phone: +90 212 513 73 08
2. Taj Mahal Restaurant
Address: Şahkulu Mahallesi, Nergis Sok. 4/A, 34421 Beyoğlu/Istanbul – Europe, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 293 66 00
3. Pizzeria pera
Address: Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Gönül Sk. No:6, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 243 86 43
4. Mahatma Cafe & Restaurant
Address: Rasimpaşa Mahallesi, Macit Erbudak Sk. 50/a, 34716 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 535 608 32 80
1. Spice Curry house
Address: Çankaya Mahallesi, Uğurmumcu caddesi 73/5. G.O.P, 06700 Ankara, Turkey
Phone: +90 312 446 68 85
Address: Remzi Oğuz Arık Mahallesi, Şimşek Sk. 13/A, 06680 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Phone: +90 312 286 93 39
3. Veg Anka
Address: Remzi Oğuz Arık Mahallesi, Tunus Cd. 49/2, 06680 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Phone: +90 537 479 64 66
4. Niki Restaurant
Address: Kazım Özalp Mahallesi, Hafta Sk. No:16, 06700 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 513 73 08
1. Dubb Indian Restaurant
Address: Alemdar Mh., İncili Çavuş Sk. No:10, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey:
Phone: +90 212 513 73 08
1. Ziggy Cafe
Address: Musaefendi Mahallesi, Ahmet Refik Cd., 50400 Ürgüp/Nevşehir, Turkey
Phone: +90 384 341 71 07
2. Nazar Borek & Cafe
Address: Müze Cad. No:30, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Phone: +90 384 271 24 41
3. Top deck Cave restaurant
Address: Hafiz Abdullah Efendi Sokak No 15, 50180, Turkey
Phone: +90 384 271 24 74
1. Traverten pide
Address: Hafiz Abdupamukkale mahallesi traverten sokak no:3/A, 20280 Denizli Merkez/Denizli, Turkey
Phone: +90 532 304 02 85
2. White house restaurant & Cafe
Address: Kale, ,no 7, Atatürk Cd., 20190 Pamukkale/Denizli Merkez/Denizli, Turkey
3. Doga Park
Address: Adnan Menderes, Mehmet Akıf Ersoy Sk. No:10, 20190 Pamukkale/Akköy/Denizli, Turkey
Phone: +90 258 272 26 88
4. Asian Kitchen & Coffee
Address: Mareşal Fevzi Çakmak, No: A, Denizli Cd., 20280 Pamukkale Denizli/Akköy/Akköy/Denizli, Turkey
Phone: +90 539 575 67 94
1. Planet Yucca Restaurant
Address: Camikebir Mahallesi, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın Province, Turkey
Phone: +90 256 612 07 69
2. Casablanca Restaurant
Address: Cumhuriyet Mahallesi, Adnan Menderes Bulv. D:44, 09460 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey
Phone: +90 256 612 67 48
3. Golden Boys Restaurant
Address: Camikebir Mahallesi, Adnan Menderes Bulv./mithat Baysal Sok. 8/C, 09400 Kuşadası/Aydın, Turkey
Phone: +90 256 612 65 48
1. Erk Vegetarian
Address: Kemalpaşa Mahallesi, Yeni Sk. No:10, 17000 Merkez/Çanakkale Merkez/Çanakkale, Turkey
Phone: +90 553 794 17 00
2. Maydos Resaturant
Address: İsmetpaşa Mh., İstiklal Caddesi, 105, 17900 Çanakkale, Turkey
Phone: +90 286 814 14 54
3. SARDUNYA EV YEMEKLERİ & CAFE
Address: Kemalpaşa Mahallesi, Fetvane Sk. No:11, 17100 Çanakkale Merkez/Çanakkale, Turkey
Phone: +90 535 605 02 51
TURKISH VEGETARIAN FOOD
Mercimek Corbasi-Lentil soup
Kirmizi Mercimek Corbasi-Red Lentil Soup
Domatesli Prinic Corbasi-Yoghurt and Rice Soup
Sebze Corbasi-Vegetable Soup
DOLMAR- STUFFED VEGETABLE
Lahana Dolmasi- Cabbage Rolls
Yaprak Sarmasi-Stuffed Grape Leaves
Biber Dolmasi- Stuffed Artichokes
Enginar Dolmasi- Stuffed Bell Peppers
Patlican Dolmasi- Stuffed Eggplants
Domates Dolmasi-Stuffed Tomatoes
Mantar Dolmasi- Stuffed Mushrooms
Coban Salata- Shepard Salad
Cacik- Cumcumber Salad
Pancar Salatasi- Beet Salad
Fava- Broad Bean Pure
Patates Puresi- Mashed Potatoes
Salata Olarak Yenen Yesilik Cesiteri- A variety of Greens as a Salad
Ic Pilav-Bulgur Pulav
Havuclu Pilav Without onions Carrot – Pulav without onions
Patlicanil Pilav- Spicy Pulav
Baharati Bulgur Pilavi-Bulgar Pulav
Domatesli Pilav-Tomato Pulav
Kereviz Yapraki Nohut- Chick Peas Celery Greens
Saray Usulu Enginar- Artichoke Supreme
Pilaki- Dried Navy or Northern beans
Domates Soslu Patlican Kizartmasi- Fried Eggplant with Tomato Sauce
Bamya- Fresh Okra
Yougurt Soslu Biber Kizartmasi- Fried peppers with yogurt sauce
Yougurtlu Kabak Kizartmasi- Fried Zucchini with yogurt sauce
Turlu- Mixed vegetables Stew
Taze Fasulye- Green beans
Yer Elmasi-Jerusalem Artichokes
Pircincli Ispanak- Spinach with rice
Sigara Borek- Stuffed Borek with Paneer, Kumpir- Stuffed Potatoes
1. Keep a few dollars handy at the airport to change them for Turkish Liras (YTL2) as you would require them to rent Trolleys.
When visiting a mosque, wear modest, conservative clothing’s which exposes a minimum of flesh. No shorts r sleeveless t-shirts’ on either man or women allowed.
3. Avoid visiting Mosque at Prayer time, which is at or within a half hour after Azaan (Ezan- call to prayer), is chanted 5 times daily. Also avoid visiting on Friday late morning through noon time, which is when the weekly group prayers and sermon take place. In short time the Mosque is busy with worshippers, return later to visit.
4. Use sun block lotion regularly and wear a hat, shades or scarf to avoid sun burns.
5. Drink lot of liquids regularly, after every 2 hours, in hot and dry weather- to avoid dehydration. Mild dehydration can surprisingly lead to stomach upset, dizziness and diarrhoeas which are often mistaken for food ailments. Drinking water in hotels is not complimentary and has to be purchased from Local shops.
6. Exchange your cash at currency exchange offices (Doviz Burosu) which are found in market areas. They offer better exchange rates than Banks would offer and may or may not charge commission (Komisiyon). Shop around for the best rate or lowest (or no) commission rates.
7. Tips & Gratuities in Turkey are generally modest.
Restaurants- Small inexpensive restaurants 5-10% tip & Luxury restaurants tip 10-15%
Hotels- Porters expect a tip of YTL 5-10% of the total
Guides- They accompany you during tours and trips at entrances of sightseeing and are happy with gratuities of a few dollars depending on the services rendered to the group.
8. Bargaining and Haggling is a tradition in turkey as in many other countries. Here are some guidelines to help you:
Know the market- browse, examine goods and ask prices in several shops to get a sense of the market before bargaining.
Decide what you think is piece is worth to you- Many people are distressed to find out that someone else bought a similar item for les. Don’t worry about it! Sometimes you’ll be the one getting the best price.
If you buy several items, get a discount- it’s always easier to get a lower price if you buy several items.
Don’t haggle over Pennies- if your are close to agreement on price, don’t let a few dollars get in the way of your satisfaction.
9. It is illegal to buy, sell, possess or especially export from Turkey Antiquities(usually defined as carpets, coins, icons, coloured tiles and ceramics, paintings, statues & sculptures, metal objects etc) more than 1 or 2 centuries old.
Penalties are stiff, usually include Prison sentence for serious offenses.
10. Air conditioners in Turkey do not cool as they are basic heaters converted into coolers in summers and do not function as well as air conditioners.
11. For Group Tours Room Allocation is the discretion of the hotel. Room allotment will be subject to availability.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO BE NOTED:
1. Air flight check-in is 3 HOURS prior to departure.
2. Check in timings of all Hotels is 14:00 Hrs. Early check in is requested everywhere but not guaranteed. Check out timings of all Hotels is 12:00 Noon. Late checkout is subject to availability.
3. Private intercity transfers are arranged as per the itinerary, any extra usage would result in an additional charge for extra kms, Hours and Drivers allowance. Vehicles not at disposal after the private tours in all cities.
4. All tours and transfers timings are mentioned in the itinerary and the guide has been booked from the specified time and cannot be delayed.
5. All dinners are arranged and pre set menus have been fixed. Any extra will have to be paid directly to the restaurants. No beverages are included in the pre arranged dinners.
6. Drinking water as per the norms in the European restaurants is not provided and is chargeable. (Payment to the restaurant will have to be made directly if water is ordered)
7. Tips, Portage & Gratuities are not included in the tour cost.
8. If you’re Turkish Visa has been issued as an E-visa It is necessary to carry the Passport holding the valid USA/Schengen Visa on the basis of which the E-visa is issued.
9. *Any sightseeing or activity if cancelled or not executable by any Act Of God like Winds, Rains, Hurricane, Tsunami, Earthquake, Dam water, Drought, High seas or choppy oceans, or any such occurrences which is deemed Act of God, No refunds for any such Unutilized services shall be offered*
10. Please take care of your personal belongings. Do not leave them in the bus/vehicle/main luggage. Keep them with you’ll safe.
11. Click a picture of your E-visas/Tickets/passport & USA,SCH visas on your mobiles for safety purpose.