The first time I went I did not appreciate it because I had spent the day exploring on foot and only went in because I was nearby, I had rushed through the bazaar; however, the second time was a completely different experience. I had already done some small shopping beforehand and knew where I wanted to purchase food products from, on the way to the bazaar I found some souvenirs (on Divan Yolu) for home that I purchased on the way back.
Some prices are expensive, for example I purchased small children’s bracelets for 1TL each on Divan Yolu while in the Grand Bazaar they were priced at 3TL, Turkish delights for 75TL for 1kg at a shop in Arasta Bazaar and in Grand Bazaar it was about 100TL/100TL+. There were many items that I had not seen in other shops and you can get a good price if you barter, I walked through very slowly and could hear the conversations; it was a good window shopping experience, seeing the atmosphere of the sellers approaching potential customers and seeing the buying process.
I was not sure if I would have any issues with food products as my hand luggage at Ataturk airport which is why I restricted purchases to small items like necklaces, bracelets, magnets and two small shelf displays. Next time around, I will definitely consider buying something.
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