I must say that this city Of Istanbul was utterly fascinating! We spent a total of 6 days total here and it still warranted more time. While much of the Bazaar is geared for the tourists, there are hidden gems throughout and the hunt was part of the experience. Upon arrival to one of the 18 different entrances to the Bazaar, we could already tell this place was a total tourist trap. Hoards of people clambered around everywhere, pushing and shoving their way to the entrance. Once we were inside, the crowds spread out. With 5000 shops and 60 different streets to turn down, to say this place was large would be a complete understatement. It was MASSIVE. Not at all what we expected in terms of size. Even with 5000 shops in house, many of them were the same as the next. Rows of carpet shops, chachki sellers, pashmina stores, jewelry huts and tea houses but very limited variety in each. And lights, I've never seen so many Turkish lanterns!! Beautiful colors with different shapes and sizes!! I wanted to take one of each home, we ended up buying a few lanterns to take home and I still enjoy my lantern today and a great reminder of the great experience in the Grand Bazaar!
We also did the Spice Bazaar as well on a different day as well, buying, Turkish delight, Saffron and some mixtures of hot spices.