Supermarkets & Grocery Stores in Istanbul

We can say that markets are actually one of the places where cultural communication starts. People compare products in their home country with products in the country they are traveling to. Also, traditional markets are also of interest to tourists.

Updated Date : 06.12.2023


Istanbul is one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world. This great city is the only city that straddles two continents. Istanbul has with big markets, supermarkets, also, it is a city full of traditional small shopkeepers and grocery stores. In this blog you will learn supermarkets, grocerries and two biggest bazaars in Istanbul.

Supermarkets and Grocerries in Istanbul

Below you can see famous markets in Istanbul:

  • BIM
  • A101
  • SOK
  • CarrefourSA
  • Migros
  • Makro Center

BIM, A101 and SOK markets in Istanbul

These big markets are almost the cheapest in Istanbul and used by local people. These are markets are minimalist charm welcomes budget-conscious shoppers into spaces. It has also rank simplicity without compromising on variety. Although these 3 markets are competitors, they sell products close to each other. Due to their competition, the products are sold at a better price. In Turkey there are around 11.525 BIM markets, 12.000 A101 markets, 10.281 SOK markets. On these number, it will be more easy to find these markets in Istanbul.

CarrefourSA, Migros, Makro Center

These markets are the most famous and highest quality markets in Turkey. You can find almost everywhere these market in Istanbul. There thousands of them are located on Istanbul. Especially, it is easy to find on touristic places. You can find any of them by searching on Google map. Additionally, also Migros has online market system, which you can register and buy online products. They deliver to your address.

Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is the biggest bazaar in the city, bustling with history and vibrant energy. As one of the oldest markets globally, it has been a trading hub for centuries. This historical place is a treasure trove of Turkish delights, spices, and souvenirs. Wandering through its labyrinthine alleys, visitors can discover an array of colorful and designed items. From handmade crafts to traditional Turkish gifts, the Grand Bazaar is a haven for those seeking unique treasures. It's not just a market; it's a journey through time, where the past and present coalesce in a tapestry of culture and commerce. Istanbul E-pass povides guided tours to Grand Bazaar with licenced professional english-speaking guide. You can explore more with an E-pass.

Spice Bazaar

The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the oldest markets in the city, steeped in history. This bustling bazaar is a fragrant haven, where guests can explore a rich array of spices, dried fruits, and Turkish delights. The air is filled with the scent of exotic herbs and the vibrant colors of various spices. As visitors stroll through its centuries-old corridors. They can discover an plenty of flavorful treasures. From traditional Turkish delights to unique spices, the Spice Bazaar invites guests to indulge their senses and take home a taste of Istanbul's rich culinary heritage. It's not just a market; it's a sensory adventure in the heart of the city. Also, you have chance to explore Spice Bazaar with an Istanbul E-pass. Istanbul E-pass provides free guided tour to Spice Bazaar for E-pass holders.

In Istanbul, there are big supermarkets like BIM, A101, and SOK that are friendly on the wallet and loved by locals. They have a simple charm and offer a variety of products. These three are competitors, so they sell things at good prices. In Turkey, there are many of these markets, making it easy to find them in Istanbul. CarrefourSA, Migros, and Makro Center are also popular, with high-quality products. You can find them everywhere in Istanbul, especially in touristy places. If you're tech-savvy, Migros even lets you shop online and delivers to your door. There are the historic markets like the Grand Bazaar, a huge market full of history. You can find Turkish delights, spices, and unique souvenirs. The Spice Bazaar, one of the oldest markets, is another spot to explore. You can enjoy the scents of exotic herbs and find tasty treasures to take home. So, whether it's a simple grocery run or a stroll through centuries-old markets, Istanbul has something for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I find guided bazaar tour in Istanbul?

    Istanbul E-pass provides free Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar guided tours seperately for E-pass holders. Also, you can hire guide with an Istanbul E-pass and explore more bazaar with an private guide.

  • Is there old Bazaar in Istanbul?

    Yes there are. They are Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and Arasta Bazaar.

  • What are cheapest supermarktes in Turkey?

    The most budget-friendly markets are BIM, A101 and SOK. It is almost possible to find anywhere in Turkey. You can also search on Google map and find these markets.

  • What is the biggest grocerries in Turkey?

    These are BIM, A101, SOK, Migros, CourfourSA and Makro Center. For cheapest ones you can visit BIM, A101 and SOK. If you are willing to buy more high quality products you can visit Migros, CourfourSA and Makro Center.

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