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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

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Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 21-+90-534-631-01
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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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Too many things to attract your attention, including the streets around the bazaar. It's not as crowded as before due to the recent incidents.

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East Rriffa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is one of the historical end destination of the Silk Road, it is so beautiful and has so many spices, sweets, all kind of tea and coffee.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Too many things to attract your attention, including the streets around the bazaar. It's not as crowded as before due to the recent incidents.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I personally like the charm of the classic market, especially it being the oldest and the biggest of our civilization. Being the oldest living market, it also makes the sellers to be one of the best in the world. Hence you have to haggle ALOT. by alot..I mean..you better be getting your price at about 25%-35% of the open price.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's an exotic shopping experience. You will beed to get used to the sales people calling you to get into their stores and once you are there, don't forget to negotiate. They start charging at least double of the price and careful with the question: "where are you from?", it gives them information about how much to overcharge. Independently of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see in the city but go with a pledge of not to buy anything. It is a different story that you would still end up buying something as I did. Specially those monickers of good luck. It started even before I landed in the city. People in Europe ( read those people as my close friends)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went there in advance to buy a Turkish carpet and I had a chance to make a quick round in the area. Beautiful place to see Turkish handcrafts

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Massive historic shopping area. Lots of stalls as well as many shops. Large variety of items in thousands of shops. B prepared to bargain . One can easily be hoodwinked so b on the alert. Lots of fake goods as well. Must see attraction of Istanbul.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I spent several hours roaming indoors around the Grand Bazaar. It is quite massive with plenty of vendors selling all sorts of things. I recommend visiting several vendors before settling on one that way you can see more variety, compare prices, and bargain. Prior to visiting, I was told that tourists are ripped off here when they shop, but I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A very big bazaar offering quite a unique experience. It was fun haggling and shopping for local artifacts. Definitely a must see for tourists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the place totally but it's a bit over priced and some of the stuff are beyond reasonable prices.

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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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