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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

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Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in...

Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.

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A colourful place for shopping

Get all your souvenirs here; post-cards, fridge magnets etc. Also get all sorts of Turkish delights & chocolates here; be prepared to bargain down for a good price; be careful... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very big old indoor bazaar. You can get almost everything here. Be careful, you might end up buying something you don't even need because the sellers are very friendly and persuasive.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A place to visit... many different shops but not ver well organized... What bothers me most is the sales pitch each shop does... I like to shop without any sales pressure Not many speaks English but quite few speaks Arabic...

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Grand bazar is one of the must beautiful place to visit in istanbul. Some shops has high price but u can always negotiate half price. Once in instanbul you must go there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm a sucker for markets of all types and this one doesn't disappoint. Although, you might find bargaining here tough as tourism has been down and many of the shops see few customers. Still it has it's place and is fun to scout for trinkets to take home to friends.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Despite many theft stories, we had no problem. Just walking around it´s very impressive and a must if you visit Istanbul. Btw It is customary for vendors to invite you to come to their stores and offer you some type of drink.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was wonderful to experience walking in the grand bazaar and quite admittedly getting lost! It's wonderful to just people watch but if you find something you like also to go for a spot of haggling!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an absolute tourist trap and not worth your time or energy fending off overactive sellers at each store. There are 100 jewelry stores all selling the same glittering Expensive junk. There are 100 watch shops all selling the same fairly good copy watches At ten times more than in mainland China. It is not worth the time arguing... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place to go shopping, make sure you know your way inside as it is easy to lose your way. Remember from where you got in to go out again. Negotiate your price well, all prices can be brought down to half easily. Also note the currency of the items as salesmen there have a tendency of putting a number... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Get all your souvenirs here; post-cards, fridge magnets etc. Also get all sorts of Turkish delights & chocolates here; be prepared to bargain down for a good price; be careful when you buy branded goods; we are told by the tour guide that many branded goods are replicas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Grand Bazaar located in the European side of Istanbul very nice place to visit for shopping and fun it opens every day you can reach there easily using taxi , bus , or tram it is 2 minutes walking from Beyazit station.

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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