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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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Visited in 2012. This is a really neat place to visit. There is so much action here it is really not a place that I would want to stay for long but you have to see this place... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unforgettable stroll amidst the sights and smells of the life of this bustling city. Crowded, safe and delightful experience of this part of the world

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You simply cannot visit Istanbul and not visit Kapali Carsi. It is the most unique market place in the whole world. 1200 small shops selling anything you can imagine. Try to refresh your bargaining skills as you will definately need them. Good & bad replicas of all known brands...any price is possible. You need to spend a day in order... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited in 2012. This is a really neat place to visit. There is so much action here it is really not a place that I would want to stay for long but you have to see this place to get a feel for the Turkish culture. Sat through a Turkish rug sales pitch. That is an experience in itself. They... More 

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Nice place to see, a very grand market indeed. Loads of shops for all sorts of things however seemed a bit pricey. There were many street shops right outside the bazaar which seemed like great deals!

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There are literally thousands of shops to visit. It is easy to get lost so make sure to take a map and plan for a whole day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was a beautiful day. We took a walk to see what was going on in the famous bazaar. There are endless shops selling everything from gold to spices. We were hassled from the moment we stepped into this place. We haggled our way to a 50% discount. Haggling is really for the very brave and something I'm not really... More 

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Historical place to understand Turkish culture. No hesitation for shopping. Very friendly people around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Who doesn't like shopping on vacation. The grand bazaar is the Mecca of shopping. Be aware that many stalls sell tourist items, but most will capture you interest and there are lots to see and do in the bazaar. Bargain for items, because even after you buy it, you will see it a dozens times later at a cheaper price.

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Had a whole day to visit and do much to see but things pretty expensive and bartering puts you off. Although sellers are very friendly , they can easily over charge you. Worth a visit definitely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This Bazaar which we call Grand or Covered Bazaar is one of the most famous and beautiful bazaar where you can spend hours, can find the most beautiful gifts for friends. Many small streets opening to the Main Street, shops for gold, silver, souvenirs, famous Turkish towels, carpets, sweets, etc. must see and visit..

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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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