Tehran Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered bazaars in the world. It is also one of the most-visited sites on any Tehran city tour. There are other historic markets in the capital like the famous Tajrish Bazaar in the north of Tehran but the Grand Bazaar is the real deal when it comes to the concept of gigantic covered bazaars. Spanning over 10 km, this massive historic structure houses more than 311 Sara (a corridor-like space with many shops specialized in one particular item), 180 shopping centers, 5 Timches and hundreds of shops selling all goods imaginable on Iranian market.
Tehran bazaar’s history dates back to more than a thousand years ago but the oldest parts of the current bazaar were built during the Safavid era in the 17th century. If you aren’t on one of Tehran tours and want to visit the place without a guide, be sure to get the latest version of Tehran bazaar’s map from the internet. There isn’t an official time for the opening hours in Tehran’s Bazaar but 10 am to 5 pm is usually the time when most of the shops are open for business. The carpet bazaar is among the most popular sections of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar for tourists. Here you will find the best examples of Iranian carpets from the expensive hand-woven ones to more affordable rugs and mats. But before you relish all that glory, you first need to know how to reach Tehran Grand Bazaar. Considering the central location of Tehran’s bazaar, you can use all the transports available in Tehran but the easiest way is definitely via Tehran metro. By taking the red line (marked on Tehran’s metro map) and getting off at 15 Khordad Station, you will find yourself at a long lane designed for pedestrians that marks the beginning of the bazaar. One last thing is that some people are worried about the overly-exaggerated news of Tehran Bazaar’s strike. The truth is that these minor walkouts were in a small scale and now everything is back to normal.