Istanbul is a shopper's paradise.
This crossroads of civilizations was the final stop on the legendary Silk Road trading route and its merchandise continues to dazzle. From the winding alleyways of the Grand Bazaar to the upscale designer stores lining the Asian side's posh Bagdat Boulevard, and boutiques tucked away in the tony side streets of Nisantasi and Çukurcuma, there are treasures waiting to be discovered. The sheer volume of stores and goods can be staggering to the first-time visitor, especially in the Grand Bazaar with over 4,000 shops and hans, or workshop areas. Outside of the bazaars there are many areas of the city specializing in particular goods. Unfortunately, most tourists do not have the time -- or language skills -- to seek out the best bargains. However, Istanbul Personal Shopper can help you find just the right mementos of your visit to Turkey.