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- 77%History Buffs
- 69%Budget Travelers
- 64%Family Travelers
- 64%Art & Design Lovers
- 60%Luxury Travelers
User Reviews (119 Reviews)
- Grand BazaarMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Feb 25, 2014
What an incredible experience! This labyrinth of shops stretches impossibly far in every direction and offers all the souvenirs and trinkets you can imagine. Although it has become primarily a tourist hub, you can still find authentic shops on the back streets. Fun place to take in the sights and smells while honing your haggling skills!
- Grand BazaarMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Feb 25, 2014
I'm not that big of a shopper, but I love markets. It's a strange dichotomy that I live with. The Grand Bazaar does not disappoint. It's huge and incredibly disorienting at first. Once you've gotten your bearings, just get lost in it. It's more fun that way. And be prepared to haggle. They're expecting it.
A lot of the shops are very tourist-oriented, but there are so many corners in there to explore. I personally enjoyed the book area. I think I had heard that it's very touristy, but I was expecting a little more of a local flair.
- Grand BazaarMember ofFoodiesStudentsLuxury Travelers+ 2Dec 04, 2013
The very soul of Istanbul old days could be felt while passing through the labyrinth of shopping and imagine that this was the same souk where the Sultan passed once. Shopping gifts for your relatives can be easily done here with the availability of wide choices and variability.
- Grand BazaarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 1Nov 01, 2013
Very cool place to go shopping while you are in Istanbul. It has everything your heart could desire. Don't be afraid to haggle or walk away if the price is too high, whatever you are looking for you will find 100 of them in the Grand Bazaar.
For me it is a little toursity and there are plenty of other smaller bazaars around the city that have cheaper prices. If you are traveling around Turkey and not just staying in Istanbul, I would suggest buying souvenirs outside of Istanbul. Usually you will find things for half the price.
- Grand BazaarMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
If you're a fan of the Adventures of Tintin, you'll feel like you stepped into one at the Grand Bazaar in the city formerly known as Constantinople. The array of exotics will make your head spin, the refined bargaining skills of the shopkeepers will empty your wallet faster than your chai can cool - if you're not willing to spend all day here (which you should, of course) 'cause the Grand Bazaar is most deserving of it's title. Credit cards accepted (in some instances).
- Grand BazaarMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 25, 2013
The Grand Bazaar is all about Sensory Overload!
There is anything you can possibly think of.
I thought it was a good experience because when in Istanbul it is one of those "must see" things.
I actually preferred the Spice Market... Much more manageable and interesting.
- Grand BazaarOct 24, 2013
The Grand Bazaar is a massive, underground market where you can find everything from spices to jewelry to tapestry to knockoff purses. I'm never one for big crowds, but I make an exception for the Grand Bazaar. If you're a photographer, it is a visually stunning part of Istanbul and perfect for taking pictures. The vendors are complete characters - A man trying to sell my family a rug trailed us for 10 minutes, and kept repeating, "Big Family, Big Discount!"
- Grand BazaarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Oct 23, 2013
I went my first time in Istanbul, because, well, you just should, but it isn't one of my destination spots. If you're serious about shopping, take your time, shop around, and if possible, go with a trusted Turkish friend. And don't think this is the only place to go...there are many other places to get the same things, often at better prices. To me, this felt like a massive, crowded tourist trap and I couldn't get out of there fast enough.
- Grand BazaarOct 16, 2013
The Grand Bazaar is a truly memorable shopping experience. It is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and half a million visitors daily.
Originally opened in 1461, today it houses two mosques, two hamams, four fountains, and many restaurants and cafes. The sprawling complex consists of 12 major buildings and has 22 doors.
- Grand BazaarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Sep 20, 2013
The Grand Bazaar is an essential part of any Istanbul experience. It's more than a 500 year old shopping mall, it also houses restaurants, cafes and its own mosque. Strolling the Grand Bazaar is an intense experience. The shop owners are some of the most seasoned and aggressive salesmen in the world. They will hail you in five different languages, quote astronomical prices and become insulted if you don't buy. If you're a seasoned haggler it can be fun. There are also many treasures to be had; my wedding ring comes from the Bazaar. At the same time, the same crafts can almost invariably be found somewhere else in Istanbul for much cheaper. For instance I know hookah wholesaler in Eminonu who sells beautiful and elaborate hookahs in the 50-100 lira range.
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