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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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We came here rather late in the afternoon so it was not packed out. It did mean we could maybe walk and browse at our leisure. This is not the first big bazaar I have been to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came here rather late in the afternoon so it was not packed out. It did mean we could maybe walk and browse at our leisure. This is not the first big bazaar I have been to in Turkey but the first time to the world famous Istanbul one, the one that has Daniel Craig or Liam Neeson running around... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a opdxand traditional market in Istanbul. We are from Iran we have several Markets like that in our country. But it was very intersting place you must visit. It is located 2 stations of electrical bus away fron Sophia and near Topkapi.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Was having high expectation of this plz!!!people said it a must go place for shopping if you in instanbul, it not only the price is superbly high the people there also is a .....(lost word to say- I can't describe) never going there anymore,,this place just make me feel like I wouldn't go to instanbul anymore

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely a must if you are into bargain!!! Everyone is trying to rip you off, in my opinion, so you have to be good at bargain or at what you're getting, fabric, brand, etc... a learning experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is huge, and you will certainly get lost within, with both lovely stuff and very low prices! I took the opportunity to buy tea, spices and also cashmere scarves, the original ones and very cheap! Don't forget to bargain, it's mandatory!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a great place to shop but it matters what time you visit the bazaar . Good bargaining time is morning or late evening . It closes at 7:00 pm . You get goods from all over turkey in the bazaar .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 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 6 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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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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