10 of the best markets in Istanbul V: Sahaflar

10 of the best markets in Istanbul V: Sahaflar

One thing you will not find in abundance at Turkish street markets is books. But the old booksellers’ market in Beyazit is a haven of old volumes. A leafy city oasis located between the Grand Bazaar and Beyazit Mosque, under a canopy of chestnut and acacia trees, the 15th-century market and its associated tea garden was a hot spot for prominent poets, academics and authors in the mid-20th century, and now hosts 23 bookstores daily. Stationery, calligraphy materials, textbooks, novels and foreign and holy literature, Sahaflar has it all. Huddles of elderly, tobacco-chewing gents peddle watches, badges, old coins and trinkets, although it’s never entirely clear who is working and who is just hanging around for a chat.
• Çadircilar Caddesi, Beyazit

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