Ortaköy flea market
The first full day of my stay in Istanbul fell on Sunday, so I made a plan to visit the flea market in the Ortakoy quarter, since it only operates on this day of the week.
The metro and tram line to these parts were not allowed to stretch, and the bus routes of Istanbul are not easy for tourists to understand, so I went here on foot. From the final tram stop Kabataş to Ortaköy 3.5 kilometers, but this path is not tedious, and there is something to see-take a picture on the road.
On various tourist portals Ortaköy market is presented as a place of sale of all kinds of Oriental Antiques and other interesting things.
In fact, the main range is represented by costume jewelry.
And other not too exclusive stuff.
As usual, a huge selection of kitsch made in China, which is sold everywhere, and it is unclear who buys it.
But some of them are probably handmade and made right here.
Women knit while waiting for customers.
Or strung beads on threads.
Even on a Sunday afternoon, these shopping malls are deserted.
Rare buyers are clearly of Eastern origin, I did not meet European tourists here.
The stalls with lace handkerchiefs are more lively.
From the "flea" found several tents with books, including English-language.
Other folk crafts are represented by a single tray with decorative wood products, which can not be opened in the kitchen. originality.
At the back of the flea market a number of stalls with local sweets.
Judging by the stoves and braziers in the back of the pavilions, all this food is produced on the spot, so to speak, came fresh from the oven.
The choice is large, everything is incredibly delicious, the prices do not frighten. However, in Istanbul they do not frighten anywhere.
And of course, in the surrounding streets you can find many cozy restaurants, completely empty at this time.
Here again, only "Eastern people", apparently from the local, European tourists are not visible, there are not even the ubiquitous Chinese.