About grand bazaar

We go to Tehran Grand Bazaar; one of the largest markets in Iran which is known as the economic heart of Iran. In this article of chiyakotravel, we will tell you about the history and structure of this market. We will provide you with a map of Tehran market and we have an overview of its best-selling goods. Follow this article to find out where Tehran’s bazaar is and how you can reach it and what experiences await you there.

grand bazaar
grand bazaar

Why Tehran Grand Bazaar?

  • It is called the highway of the country’s economy and the heart of Iran’s economy.
  • It is one of the historical and important markets of our country.
  • It is known as one of the largest markets in Iran.
  • It is a valuable relic from the Qajar era.
  • It has important historical monuments such as mosque, Imamzadeh, Timcheh, etc. and is considered as one of the important historical and artistic collections of Tehran.
  • Easily accessible by public transport.
  • It is located in the old part of Tehran and makes an attractive tour for you.
  • It is one of the popular attractions of domestic and foreign tourists.
  • It is an attractive destination for shopping lovers and the variety of goods from food to clothing and household items, etc. is very high.
  • It is also a great destination for sightseeing due to the presence of quality restaurants.
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Tehran grand bazaar
Tehran grand bazaar

Familiarity with Tehran Grand Bazaar

Tehran Grand Bazaar is the name of an economic, historical and important center in the capital of Iran which is located between 15 Khordad, Mostafa Khomeini, Molavi and Khayyam streets and is known as one of the largest markets in Iran. The area of ​​this market is more than one square kilometre and all kinds of goods are sold in it. Tehran market has a complex structure in terms of economy and trade and a group of wholesalers, retailers, warehouses, and production workshops operate in it. Most factories and manufacturing workshops have agencies in Tehran market to establish direct links with wholesalers and retailers, and consider this place as a major center for the distribution of domestic and even foreign goods and an economically important highway.

grandbazaar in Tehran city
grandbazaar in Tehran city

Tehran Grand Bazaar can be considered the most important place of trade and sale of goods in Iran; But in addition to shopping, the opportunity to visit the old buildings of bazaar, participating in special market ceremonies, and tasting the delicious food of old restaurants of bazaar are other excuses that draw people here.

It is not bad to know that the name of Tehran Grand Bazaar has been in the list of national monuments of Iran since November 23, 1977 with the number 1540.

Mahdiyeh Timcheh
Mahdiyeh Timcheh

Architecture and structure of Tehran market

Before entering into the discussion of Tehran Bazaar architecture, it is not bad to have a brief look at the market structure in general. In general, the main structural elements of the market are:

  • Rasteh or main passage of bazaar which is a long way and on both sides of which are shops.
  • Saraa which is a middle courtyard with interconnected cells around it. Halls differ in the shape of floor, the number of floors, the type of porch, and corridors.
  • Timcheh which are small indoor spaces for the supply of a particular type of product and have significant decorations compared to other market segments.
  • Charsooq or Chaharsoo or Chaharsooq is the intersection of two main rows that have different architecture and detailed interior decorations.
Grand bazaar architecture
Grand bazaar architecture

Tehran Bazaar, like any other Iranian bazaars, is a collection of winding corridors, multiplicative arches, domes, etc., each of which has been built with great care. It is true that this market has changed a lot over time, but its old parts are still intact and have many beauties. The old parts of the bazaar are built in the form of arches and domes, and the holes and openings between the domes provide the light of the interior space. These vents also act as ventilators for the market and cause air circulation.

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Details in structure of the market show that the architecture and designer of this space was not awkward, and foreign architects or skilled domestic masters were involved. Since the architecture of the market is not specific to one period and has been formed during different periods, it is not possible to consider an exact style for it; But most of it has signs of Tehranian architectural style.

grand bazaar architecture and art
grand bazaar architecture and art

This space has expanded and developed over time and has undergone many changes, and the new and reconstructed parts of the architecture do not have significant architecture. At one time, parts of the bazaar were roofed due to the summer heat, and at other times, service spaces such as coffee houses, Zurkhanehs, baths, mosques, Saqqa Khane, and many Hussainiya were formed. Rows were added to the market one by one, each dedicated to selling private goods. Each of these sections had its own reliance, mosque, baths, and special programs, and at festivals and mourning ceremonies, they compete with other sections in ceremonies to attract people’s attention.

Imam mosque in grand bazaar
Imam mosque in grand bazaar

Gourmet walk in Tehran Grand Bazaar

Leaving shopping and visiting the historical space of Tehran Grand Bazaar aside, one of the special attractions of this place is restaurants with the aroma and taste of their food which attract people to this part of the capital even on holidays. The food served in these restaurants is high fat and so-called market-friendly. These restaurants do not have a luxurious and elegant atmosphere; But the taste of their food is impossible to forget. There are many restaurants and cafes inside and around the market, here are some of the most famous:

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the smallest cafe in Tehran
the smallest cafe in Tehran

Sharaf al-Islami Restaurant

Address: Behind Imam Mosque, inside the courtyard of the mosque, Ordibehesht House

Moslem Restaurant

Address: Corner of Sabzeh Maidan entrance, Haj Rahim Khan alley

Shamshiri Restaurant

Address: Southeast of Sabzeh Maidan

Khayyam Restaurant

Address: Khayyam Street, in front of Nasreddin Imamzadeh, Khayyam Restaurant

Javan Restaurant

Address: Naser Khosrow Street

Haj Ali Darvish Coffee House | The smallest cafe in the world

Address: Next to Haj Abdullah Mosque,

This coffee house with a size of less than 2 meters has been located in this place since 1297 and welcomes you with tea.

Haj Ali Darvish cafe
Haj Ali Darvish cafe