On first sight, Bezistan isn’t a place you’d like to visit. But I did think it had something special when I first found myself there when I was still in my teens.
The name Bezistan comes from a Turkish word, meaning something like “a market with a roof.” This roof is exactly what I like the most, although the entire place is very photogenic, despite its pretty bad condition.
If you look past the shabby walls and graffiti, you realize Bezistan is perfect to take a small break from the city rush. It’s surrounded by several fast food places, so you can find a bench here to eat your delicious, unhealthy food in peace. I usually do this before I move on to Sinnerman, which is only a few meters from there.
Recently, a small part of Bezistan became a street gallery. It’s the place where various artists display their work, and there are even some mini-festivals. So if you’re lucky, you can even get to see an art performance, a movie or an exhibition on your way to Sinnerman or before you get back to the hectic crowd of people in the streets.