There is a range of food available from many sources across the city (restaurants, cafes, bufe, tearooms, merked). There are also districts where shops selling similar products will gather.
Yesterday I encountered the hardware section (but not ALL hardware). In a backstreet on the northern edge of the Golden Horn (on the Galata Tower side) there was a collection of the most functional and useful goodies to explore: hand tools, powertools, chainsaws, pumps, impellers, compressors, drills, augurs, taps, toilet seats, paint mixers, washers, drill bits of all sizes and shapes and a thousand other devices and appliances relating to small hardware. It was fascinating to see the gears and cogs of this part of a working city.
A bit further up the hill is the music and musical instrument “area” and over the other side (in the direction of the Bosphorus) is the “antique shop” section.
There’s a day of strolling in this one small part of the city and some excellent things to look at (and maybe buy!)
Istanbul is a place that evokes feelings of a distant city on the eastern edge of Europe and the western edge of Asia. The city is a sprawling mix of old and new buildings, land and water, parks and city blocks. The old town has the drama of the Topkapi palace, Blue mosque and Aya Sofia, the Roman basilica and a huge range of shops, bazaars, backstreet architecture, cobbled streets, restaurants and Roman remains. The smells and sounds of spice bazaars, fishmarkets, diesel ferries, the call to prayer and kebab shops make the city a living one.