Colors, Scents and Trends of IstanbulStart your day with a ride to Taksim Square for a walking tour on Istiklal Street. You’ll experience the vibrant streets of downtown cosmopolitan Istanbul, with many points of historical, architectural and cultural interest including Christian, Greek and Armenian churches, picturesque shopping arcades and passages, old Ottoman Hans, bazaars and coffee houses all bustling with shoppers, students and young professionals.
You will arrive at Beyoğlu Fish Market area through Istiklal Street. A wondrous array of fish can be found at the Balık Pazarı (Fish Bazaar), in fact, most fish restaurants in Istanbul purchase their fish here. Nowhere in Turkey, not even Istanbul’s Wholesale Fish Market, can compete with the rich variety of edible water-bound yummies that abound here. There is octopus from Bodrum, calamari from Antalya, shrimp from Çanakkale, grouper from Saroz Bay and delectable fresh “fruits of the sea.” And that’s not all! You can also find any kind of “meze” (the tasty tapas eaten as an appetizer with rakı), especially kinds seafood mezes. The Fish Bazaar also houses the most important fruit and vegetable market in Istanbul, with the freshest and widest variety of produce available. But the Fish Bazaar offers more than fresh fish and produce, with its brilliant sense of display and lively atmosphere; it is a fascinating place to explore. This open market is filled with different sights and sounds, and its passages lead to yet another street filled with restaurants and drinking spots; a street that is an alternative destination on its own. Nevizade Sokağı (Nevizade Street) has scores of tables set on the street and accommodates patrons with the freshest fish in the city (brought over directly from the Bazaar).
The next stop will be traditional and historical candy store, called “KOSKA”. You will be offered to taste delicious Turkish Delights and other sweet specialties. Following this delicious stop, you are invited to explore another Fish Market, called “Kumkapı” right by the shores of the Sea of Marmara with its fish restaurants across the street, where they cook fresh fish, “Kumkapı” is the hub of fish for the whole city. Your day continues with the visit of Spice Market. The Spice Market is where you will see and smell the exotic products of mystical Istanbul. You will have free time to explore the bazaar. On the way back, you will visit the authentic Jewelry Center where you can find the latest works of jewelry art while enjoying your refreshments. The Jewelry Center called “Zindan Han” is a historical artifact with 350 years of history and has been designed over 4 floors with the basement as the jewel hall as well as a terrace floor with a wonderful scene of the historical sites of Istanbul.
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