Mahmut Pasha Bazaar

Mahmut Pasha Bazaar, Istanbul: Address, Mahmut Pasha Bazaar Reviews: 4.5/5

Mahmut Pasha Bazaar
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Nahjaz94
Birmingham, UK62 contributions
Great bazaar hidden gem
Sep 2020 • Family
Myself and my family were in Istanbul for the second time on holiday. Being a big fan of the Turkish series Resurrection Etugurul, I wanted a scarf hat like Halime Sultan. I was suggested by the lovely staff at my hotel to try visiting Mahmut Pasha Bazaar where they would have the hat as well as others. We walked from our hotel which was a nice walk, this bazaar is on the way to Grand Bazaar and in my opinion has a lot more variety and prices are very reasonable. I bought my Halime sultan hat which made me very happy as well as local Turkish perfumes, lace and brooches to take back to England. If I hadn’t done most of my shopping in sultan Ahmet locally, then I would have bought more things from here as there’s a lot of variety and prices are very cheap. When I visit Istanbul again, this bazaar will be the place I go to for my shopping as there’s everything available.
Written 16 September 2020
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Departure811861
Germany824 contributions
Pure fascination
Sep 2018 • Solo
On one of my last trips to Istanbul I was strolling around the Grand Bazaar when I arrived at an exit named Mustafa Paşa. I decided to leave Kapalı Çarşı and arrived in another world. Always walking downhill I went from one shop to another. They seemed never to end, and there were enormous masses of textiles everywhere. Articles for bathrooms like towels, bedspreads, tablecloths, underwear, and millions (I am talking seriously!!), millions of headscarves of all designs, all colours, and all qualities. There were small shops and wholesale ones. Merchants and customers were running around. Suddenly I realised that I was moving in the direction of Eminönü, or more precisely of the vast square next to Mısır Çarşısı. I then changed my direction and went into one of the by-streets. Walking along I came past very old and dilapidated hanlar. Despite their decay and lamentable state they seemed very beautiful and attractive to me. Something must be done by the authorities top reserve those precious buildings!!
This unknown world of Mahmut Paşa has become a landmark on my Istanbul map ever since. Every time I have traveled to Istanbul since then, I have explored this fascinating district further. Last time, in April 2019, I even booked my hotelroom nearby.
Do not be afraid of getting lost in that maze of shops. There are always a lot of people around, shopowners, locals, and tourists, who might show you the way. Moreover, if you keep on walking downhill, you will arrive somewhere near Yeni Cami or the Egyptian Bazar. You cannot miss them. Simply allow yourself to be carried along.
Written 3 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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