Üsküdar Markets

Once you get your fill of fresh air and stunning Bosporus scenery on the Üsküdar seaside, it’s time to head inland and visit the markets. Follow the main road and you’ll find a bustling area full of colors, sounds, smells, and unique flavors (ask for samples!). It’s also great place for people watching.

"Decisions, decisions." in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

“Decisions, decisions.”

The first market you’ll come to will most likely be the Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı (fish market). This long corridor is full of stalls selling the fresh catch of the day from the Bosporus, Marmara Sea, and Black Sea.

Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı

Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı

Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Üsküdar Balıkçılar Çarşısı

Another market is the Mimar Sinan Çarşısı. It’s an old Ottoman building with shops inside and a square out front full of people. There are often children playing around the fountain while the adults sit on benches and chat away.

Mimar Sinan Çarşısı in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Mimar Sinan Çarşısı

Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Üsküdar

Children enjoying a day out in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Children enjoying a day out

After visiting these areas, my advice is to get lost in the maze of streets that make up the markets. You never know what you’ll find! Much of it will be fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, and spices, but there are also clothing stores, antique shops, music stores, cafés, and restaurants. Again, ask for samples, try the snacks from the street vendors, and take in all the sights, sounds, and smells.

Antique store in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Antique store

Shoe store in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Shoe store

Lokma stand in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Lokma stand

Most of the photos on this post come from an afternoon wandering around these streets and alleys with a student one day. It turned out to be one of the most memorable days I spent in Istanbul. Here are a few more photos from that day:

Spices in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Spices

Olives in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Olives

Grains, rice, and spices in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grains, rice, and spices

Vegetables in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Vegetables

Butcher shop in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Butcher shop

Fruit stand in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Fruit stand

Cheese seller in Üsküdar, Istanbul, Turkey

Cheese seller

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