Arasta Bazaar is a bazaar in Istanbul that dates back to the Ottoman period. Behind the Blue Mosque, there are many places selling carpets, rugs, jewelery and handmade products in the bazaar. There are about 70 shops on both sides of the bazaar, also known as Sipahi Bazaar.
“Arasta” is the old name of covered bazaars. The Arasta Bazaar, believed to have been built on structures belonging to the Byzantine period, was burnt down in 1930. After that, the bazaar which was not used for a long time was restored in 1980 and opened to service again. The long and thick planks between the roofs of the shops create a different image. There is a café where you can relax after visiting the Arasta Bazaar, and the Mosaic Museum, where the mosaics are displayed in the 1950s.
Arasta Bazaar Visit Information
Address: Sultanahmet Str. Arasta Bazaar No: 143, Sultanahmet Istanbul
Getting there: Take the tram from Eminönü and get off at Sultanahmet stop. The bazaar is in front of you.