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Kapali Carsi

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Grand Bazaar
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Address: Eminounu | Eminounu, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

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Remarkable in mayny ways

Prepare for your senses to be overloaded! Enter this remarkable retail palace and bombard your sense of smell, sight and hearing with an eclectic mix of colous, smells and sounds... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2016
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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a beautiful day. We took a walk to see what was going on in the famous bazaar. There are endless shops selling everything from gold to spices. We were hassled from the moment we stepped into this place. We haggled our way to a 50% discount. Haggling is really for the very brave and something I'm not really... More 

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Casablanca, Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

It is the largest and oldest mall in the world. Whatever you are looking for you can find it here. Understand that every store owner will use every trick to get you in their store. Enjoy and spend 4 or 5 hours.

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Rome, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

this place its not superb expirience but its location is orient.many shop for everiting from food too jaket flovurs gold silver .for me this expirience its not superb .but its has histori

Thank ferran-alery
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Prepare for your senses to be overloaded! Enter this remarkable retail palace and bombard your sense of smell, sight and hearing with an eclectic mix of colous, smells and sounds. You will be lucky to get out without buying a rug, a lamp, some tea or perhaps one or more of the other million items of food, drink, hardware and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

enjoy the shopping in grand bazar .. the spirit of the past .. but u should argue with the prices and u should be clever ...

Thank tootah143
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Old bazaar of Istanbul. A lot of streets and nice things with good price. You can find cheap cloth there so easy.

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Palermo, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

The Turkish People says it's the oldest Mall all over the world still working and I think it's true. I don't know how many books and novels and films have been written there and I don't know how many nice objects are stored in those ancients shops. Also true that it is a very nice place where You can relax... More 

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Fukaya, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

I like the energetic atmosphere of Grand Bazaar. I like to walk around this place. I looked around some jewelly shops, but no shop guys pushed me because they were busy with other customers. The are other shops selling silks and pashms. The price is great but the goods are, . . . I don't know, many of them are... More 

Thank ワンケディ
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

It is quite a lot of fun to roam the streets of Kapali carsi, bargain with the sellers and find different things you might want to buy. Still, I would not really recommend shopping here, as it is a bit overpriced, as any other tourist attraction. There is a fair shoice of gold and other jewlery, and also leather, but... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2015

Its a big market which has lots of shops but with similar content. You have to bargain at everything because the original price might end up to be 50% off or even 70%! You will admire all the shops under the same roof but that would be all.

Thank Mike S

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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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