10 of the best markets in Istanbul: Tarlabaşi

10 of the best markets in Istanbul: Tarlabaşi

A short stroll from the bright lights of Taksim’s İstiklal Street, the hard-knock residential area of Tarlabaşi – an area associated with unemployment, crime and prostitution – is not the first destination that comes to mind when directing earnest travellers. Yet surprisingly, the rough-and-ready Tarlabaşi Sunday food market – a rabbit warren of dusty, uneven streets – boasts a loyal following from all corners of Istanbul society, from penny-pinching Erasmus students to muttering old villagers craving a taste of home. Stall-holders arrive in laden trucks at the crack of dawn, to unload oozing figs with the texture of honey, dazzling fruits, glowing jams of rosehip, apricot and raspberry, and pickled … everything. Economical street shopping at its most authentic.
• Sakiz Ağaci Sokak, Beyoğlu

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