Istanbul is one of the most impressive shopping capitals in the world, offering everything from the height in luxury shopping to the most authentic locally made traditional handcrafts. For a truly memorable local experience, don’t miss a shopping trip to the frenetic Spice Markets, which offers endless rows of fragrant spices and delectable sweets piled high in handmade wooden baskets. Make sure you sample the sumptuous sweet flavoured marshmallows and heavenly turkish delight sweets, which can be bought by the 100 gram. When you’re ready for a bite to eat, head to either the upscale classical Turkish restaurant, Pandeli Cafe, which is located in the first floor of the markets. Another option is to head to Hamdi restaurant, which is just around the corner from the Spice Markets.