Istanbul is the kind of city that everyone has been to. In fact, we got so many recommendations from so many people that we kind of closed our eyes, and ran our fingers across each column till we landed on something to so. It was great :D
The bazaars, while not so different from our own versions of it - Crawford Market, Bhajji Gully, Pali Naka etc - teemed with different kinds of spices and smells. As the guide books warn you, everything is priced way too high, and it is just a matter of bargaining them down. We spent hours in the Spice Market, which enchanted us with its wares and its extremely enthusiastic vendors, but rushed through the Grand Bazaar which was disappointingly formal (if you're from Mumbai, think a large Heera Panna). I could have spent more time in the Spice Market - Turkish delight, spices, exotic teas, hilarious teas, ceramics and glass pieces all came together amazingly.