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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
Fee: No
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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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Great place for treasure

A great place for treasure, just don't buy anything. This is all it is supposed to be, nooks and crannies, a maze of the delicious, the exotic and mysterious. however, if you... read more

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

A market with wide range of products to shop! From dried fruits, Turkish delight, coffee, bag to toys- lots of thing to shop! A MUST place to go, to enjoys coffee, snacks and souvenir

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place for treasure, just don't buy anything. This is all it is supposed to be, nooks and crannies, a maze of the delicious, the exotic and mysterious. however, if you want a bargain then visit a market behind the spice bazaar in Sultan Ahmet district you will find more or less exactly the same things just cheaper. Unfortunately... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice place! You can shop with bargain prices and you can also see the different view of istanbul Because you can imagine that you are in old age

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I guess you could almost find anything here. Really liked it. I don't think I bought anything, but my family bought a lot. Definitely recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Take your time to wander through the maze of streets and alleys and marvel at all the colors, shiny lamps, ceramics and trinkets. The shopkeepers are friendly without being too demanding. Some serious bargains to be had if you have an eye out. Also, take a look around the surrounding streets for a glimpse at the real Istanbul.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A treasure hidden inside the city of Istanbul. One of these places where you can find everything, you just have to open your eyes... 😉

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This market is really comparable to the big souq's in Damascus or Aleppo (we visited before they were damaged) but it is pretty lively and managed to exude a goldeness as we wandered around. Funnily there are signs up in the rafters that give a history lesson but also suggest that it's in a state of decay, which is how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I am not a fan of haggling, so I just walked through the bazaar during the day. It was a unique and fascinating experience! Even though tourism has lessened, I still found it fairly crowded. Our hotel host advised against making purchases in the bazaar because 'you can get the same quality for less outside the bazaar'.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried to visit in two occasions. Once was around 7pm on a Saturday - bazaar was closed! Thought this was pretty early. Did not open at all on a Sunday. Did catch a glimpse and they seem to have a wide range of shops/stalls. Gutted I didn't get to shop there!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Bazaar is very touristy! You get hazzled to buy something at every shop... Its nice to have a look but it doesn't give you this market feeling that a real bazaar does! If you wanna go to a local bazaar, go to the one outside between the grand bazaar and the spice bazaar... I only saw locals there and... More 

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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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