The Bazaars of Istanbul

Isabel Bocking, Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt, Moritz Stipsicz

The bazaar quarter of Istanbul is a mirror of the city itself: many-faceted and hectic, extraordinarily beautiful and chaotic at the same time.

On the historic peninsula, centuries-old market halls and mosques share space with kiosks and new concrete buildings. Spacious stores with brightly lit window displays compete with tiny cluttered shops in dark alleys. This is a place where the Thousand and One Nights and global chic come together, a meeting place of opposites.


The extensive text combined with the vivid photography is so thorough it's the next best thing to visiting a Turkish bazaar in person!

— Midwest Book Review

A remarkable job of capturing the allure, and the lore, of a place where shopping and people-watching can be taken to their kaleidoscopic extreme…. Will instantly evoke multi-sensory memories for those who have been lucky enough to visit Istanbul's bazaar quarter, while inspiring trip planning for those who have not yet experienced is inimitable pleasures.

— Passport Magazine


Isabel Bocking


Isabel Bocking is a graphic designer and lives in Hamburg.

Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt


Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt worked for the German newspaper Die Welt as a foreign correspondent in Istanbul. She lives in Berlin.

Moritz Stipsicz

Photographs By

Moritz Stipsicz lives in Vienna.