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“Skip the Grand Bazaar”
Review of Arasta Bazaar

Arasta Bazaar
Ranked #63 of 1,071 things to do in Istanbul
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
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“Skip the Grand Bazaar”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Well, not really skip it; go there just to say you did because it's expected of you. For a more relaxing and charming experience, visit the Arasta Bazaar in the shadow of the Mosaic Museum and Blue Mosque. Shops line both sides of the street, and while the prices may be higher (I couldn't really compare the prices with those at the Grand Bazaar because I couldn't wait to get out of there), you'll have a far more enjoyable experience. We could actually wander without being harassed by merchants and we had time to chat with those who interested us. We had a nice lesson in Turkish ceramics from one shopkeeper, and the obligatory apple tea/carpet chat with a rug seller, the "John Travolta of Istanbul." There's a lovely cafe where you can stop for a refreshing beverage or experience smoking a hookah. We found a few decent deals on souvenirs and learned a lot in the process.

Visited May 2014
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“Make an effort to find the Arasta Bazaar”
Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

Such a great place to shop. Really high quality products, no haggling and very relaxing. We bought many things here including beautiful turkish towels, jewelry and my favorite ceramic whirling dervish! Every item is a little treasure. You may pay a little more, but we shopped extensively in Istanbul, and the quality of things is much nicer here. Not to mention no one shouting out or hassling you to enter their shops. Not overwhelming like the Grand Bazaar which is an experience within itself. It is located right behind the blue mosque.

Visited May 2014
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“Good and attractive shopping area”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Plenty of nice and interesting stores on both sides of this little street where you can shop many different kinds of giftware.Good and large selections for all kinds of accessories for tourists.Do not forget to bargain.

Visited May 2014
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“Little surprise”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

This is the first bazaar I stepped in in Istanbul as it was the closest to where I stayed. I later found out that Arasta Bazaar is quite cosy and easy to shop. No hassle like other bazaars and prices were reasonable considering the fact is that it is just around the corner from Blue Mosque. There are three open cafés to kill a time or recharge energy.

If you have an extra time, it is recommendable to visit Mosaic Museum.

Visited April 2014
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“A nice bazaar area next to the Mosaic Museum”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

The bazar has various shops worth looking at, either shopping or windowshopping. Several cafeterias where you can relax and watch people soming and going.
The entrance and exit of the Mosaic Museum is just around the corner and well worth a visit.
The bazaar is situated just behind the Blue Mosque and not far from Topkapi Palace entrance.

Visited April 2014
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