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“Go there to wander, people watch, and enjoy the sights and smells”
Review of Kemeralti Market

Kemeralti Market
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Owner description: This colorful area of the city is known for its antiques and elegant shops. Visitors will also fine many good seafood restaurants here.
Stuttgart, Germany
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“Go there to wander, people watch, and enjoy the sights and smells”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

It might be an overwhelming experience for some as the chaos of a busy working market requires patience at times. I recommend going without a specific objective at first--instead, wander aimlessly, get a bit lost, and take in the ambience. Everything is here, in every range of quality. I didn't see too many other tourists my first time--it all depends on whether a cruise ship is in port. Be sure to go down the narrow passages into the quieter nooks to find hidden courtyards and enjoy some tea or watch the inner workings of the market. If you're approached by someone and want to be left alone, simply keep moving.
WCs can be found--just follow the the signs and have a lira in hand, and maybe some toilet paper.

Visited October 2013
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Tampere, Finland
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“Easy way to spend several hours”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

I found this more interesting and more entertaining than the Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. You can find anything you need (and a lot more!) from here and at a very reasonable price. You can easily spend a few hours here, just strolling and browsing, sitting in nice cafes watching the hustle and bustle. If you smell something fishy, there is a fish market also. Don't be put off by the smell, go there and sit down at a small, downscale restaurant. They offer the best fish in town from paper plates. So fresh and so tasty. Do try also the warm mussels with rice that they offer from a cart. They are delicious although you cannot help thinking if it is wise thing to do. At least we did not get any stomach issues but enjoyed them very much.

Visited October 2013
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Kemeraltı Bazaar is interesting place to visit. It is much smaller then Grand Bazaar (Kapali carsi) in Istanbul but it is at least its miniature. You can find souvenirs there, clothes, spices, home decorations, etc. Bargaining is definitely something you can practice here as well :) There are many cafes inside of the bazaar and restaurants/fast-food places so you can shop and take breaks through out the day. You might be also pleasantly surprised while having tea someone might start playing saz (musical instrument) and sing most beautiful Turkish love songs :)

Visited September 2013
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Like most modern bazzars (markets) the Izmir Kemeralti serves two purposes. Not as aggressive as Istanbul, Ankara or even Kusasasi the market singles out the tourists from the local shoppers. Visitors, particularly unaccompanied women, are pestered from the moment they enter. The general politeness of most Europeans is taken advantage of constantly. Think of this as a European Friday street market aimed mostly at local people providing, in addition, an interesting view for visitors. Few bargins and few honest traders. The karervanseri may be of more interest but keep your hand on your purse and be ready to be ripped off.

Visited October 2013
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Hautes Pyrenees
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“A good deal”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

My wife and I were very lucky. Stopping to buy a leather belt on the streetside nothing was suitable, however the seller asked us to visit his showroom/storeroom. This was located just inside a modern 4 storey building. A deal was done for belt and then enquiring about a leather jacket the seller invited us to another showroom in the building, on the first floor.
A showroom with leather jackets,and more important made by the owner Mustafa and the quality looked excellent. The jacket label clearly showed the makers name, telephone number and e-mail address, all confirming genuine originality
The shop name is Has Deri, and email address leather@mynet.com.
What luck in going inside the building to the first floor,and not having the disappointments as reported by other travellers to the Kemeralti market

Visited October 2013
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