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May 16
Monday

The Grand Bazaar: Come for the Shopping, Stay for the Food

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We like to think of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar – open since 1461 – as the world’s oldest shopping mall. If that’s the case, shouldn’t the Grand Bazaar be home to the world’s oldest food court? That may be taking the analogy too far, but for us, the Grand Bazaar can be as much a food destination as a shopping one. As we see it, one of the hidden pleasures of going to the bazaar (once you get past the overzealous shopkeepers hawking souvenirs) is exploring some of its quieter back alleys and interior courtyards for new dining possibilities, especially some of the smaller restaurants that cater not to tourists but rather to the locals that work in the sprawling marketplace.

Click here for a list of some of our favorites.

 

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no responses - Posted 05.09.11
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4 responses - Posted 05.01.11
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no responses - Posted 04.25.11
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no responses - Posted 04.23.11
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Istanbul’s Top 5 Beaneries – #2: Hüsrev
no responses - Posted 04.22.11
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no responses - Posted 04.20.11
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no responses - Posted 04.19.11
(Editor's Note: This week we are celebrating the white bean, that humble legume that reaches levels of incredible complexity and flavor when in the hands of Turkish cooks. Until we visited some of Istanbul’s shrines to the baked bean, we generally regarded the dish as something eaten out of a can ...continue
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no responses - Posted 04.18.11
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no responses - Posted 04.04.11
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4 responses - Posted 03.28.11
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