Kemeralti Market, Izmir (must see)
As you navigate the bustling and colorful streets of Kemeraltı, you'll encounter a delightful mix of shops, eateries, artisans' workshops, mosques, coffeehouses, tea gardens, and synagogues. It's a place where the past and present converge, showcasing the authentic essence of İzmir. Spending a day within this maze-like market allows you to uncover hidden courtyards, historic places of worship, and grand caravanserais, providing a glimpse into the heart of the city. Anafartalar Caddesi serves as the main thoroughfare of the bazaar, and you can use this as a reference point while exploring the area, along with landmarks like the Hisar, Şadırvan, and Kestanepazarı Mosques.
One of the notable highlights of Kemeraltı is the Kızlarağası Hanı, an impressive structure built in 1744. This Ottoman bedesten (warehouse) and kervansaray (caravanserai) shares similarities with the Inner Bedesten found in Istanbul's renowned Grand Bazaar, showcasing the historical significance of this market. Additionally, the Havra Sokak within the historic Jewish enclave houses a vibrant produce market, adding to the market's multicultural atmosphere.
For food enthusiasts, Kemeraltı is a paradise, with a plethora of cafes and eateries offering the city's famous fincanda pişen Türk kahvesi (Turkish coffee boiled in the cup). To fully immerse yourself in the culinary delights of the market, consider joining the Only in İzmir guided culinary walk, operated by the well-regarded Culinary Backstreets outfit, for an unforgettable food-focused experience.
While Kemeraltı Market is a must-visit during the day, it is essential to exercise caution at night, particularly in the area around Havra Sokağı. As with any bustling city, it is advisable to stay vigilant and prioritize your safety during nighttime exploration.
Mon-Sat: 8 am - 7 pm.
Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Izmir. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
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