The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is not your average shopping mall. Shopkeepers are not shy about letting you know they want your money and will do their best to get it. Sixty streets covered with thousand of shops is not easy going and can be overwhelming especially if you are not used to crowds.
On your first visit to the Grand Bazaar, you may spend most of your time figuring out how to deal with the rush. It's a market well known for being crowded and for some, it is overwhelming. Foreign women are seen as easy targets for a good deal and are a favourite with the salesman.
It's a good idea to have the following information with you: where to find maps, souvenirs to buy, opening hours, shopping etiquette, getting there, etc.
What to Buy?
Well, it would be quicker to list what is not for sale because there are millions of weird, wonderful and normal things to buy in the Grand Bazaar. Streets are grouped according to the products they sell, which is a tradition dating back to the Ottoman times. Locals shop in the market as well, so you can find some household goods.
The Grand bazaar is closed on Sundays but open every other day from 9.00am to 7.00pm.
You should also check the opening hours during religious holidays or other holidays in Turkey.