Shopping in Istanbul takes many forms, from large shopping centres to covered markets and free-standing independent boutique gift and souvenir shops. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest markets of its kind in the entire world, encompassing 61 covered streets and more than 4,000 shops. It's often considered among the finest shopping malls in the world.

    Misir Çarşısı is also a massive covered market, this one located in the Fatih district. It dates to 1660 and has 85 shops where you can find Turkish delight, jewellery, souvenirs, spices, dried fruits and nuts and locally made arts and crafts.

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