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Grand Bazaar

Cankurtaran Mh, Tevkifhane Sk 1, Istanbul, Turkey
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Kapalıçarşı (Grand Bazaar)
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  • Grand Bazaar

    Had a blast in the place. The Grand Bazaar pretty much sells everything from silk carpet that cost you a fortune to 3 pieces coin pouches for $1. Lovely interiors matched the vibrant color of all the items displayed. But do haggle hard here!

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    I loved the Grand Bazaar even more than the Spice Market. It was incredibly well organized with vendors being grouped by interest for the most part. It made it much easier to compare prices and merchandise. I would suggest staying away from the rug stores because they are aggressive and try to take advantage of customers. There will be alot of people vying for your attention, so try to walk with purpose so that you are not nagged as much. While there is a fair share of junk in the bazaar, there are some hidden gems that offer some really nice products that you will actually still like when you return back home. I would do some research on places that have good reputations and seek those out instead of walking around aimlessly (although it can still be fun to get lost in the Bazaar). Definitely negotiate aggressively since it is definitely a buyers market.

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  • Grand Bazaar

    Cool for photos, but you will get ripped off. You can find pretty much anything you liked in the bazaar at one of the shops around the city- for half the price. Unless you are a seasoned haggler, don't even give this a try. Have a look, get yelled out, and keep your wallet in your pocket.

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  • Grand BazaarPro 2014
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    I love to shop and I have been to many markets in different countries, but the Grand Bazaar is something else. First of all, it is in this amazingly beautiful and old building. It is like going back in time when you step in it. Secondly, it is surprisingly orderly and clean. I had imagined this place to be disorganized and chaotic, but it is not the case at all. Thirdly, it is massive! There is only one level, but there are so many different sections and the shops spill out to outside the structure of the bazaar. It is hard to browse and then go back make purchase, because chances of you finding your way back to the same shop is very slim, and getting lost is almost guaranteed. However, the good news is that there are enough shops that sell similar if not the same stuff. Last but not least, you can buy almost everything here! From jewelry, to musical instrument, to textile products, to carpets, to arts, to pottery, to all kinds of souvenir. You name it, they have it.

    I had a fun experience being invited to have tea by a shop owner. After the owner figured out that I was seriously interested in buying some jewelry pieces, he invited me to have tea at his shop. He pressed a button to order tea from one of those coffee/tea places in the bazaar and 5 minutes later, someone showed up with the order. I was totally amazed as to how these servers can find their way around to the shops. Of course, after drinking the tea, bought more than stuff that I had planed.

    It can be a bit touristy, but I totally enjoyed the hustling and bustling in the Bazaar.

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  • Grand Bazaar

    You should visit Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı).I also like to visit there sometimes.There are full of shops about textile, jewellery, silver, gemstone and etc.You should find Şark Kahvesi ,it is a coffee-house in the Grand Bazaar and you can drink Turkish coffee or Turkish tea which served in a glass.You can taste 'simit'.

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  • Grand Bazaar

    If you love scarves, stop what you are doing, buy a ticket and go there now. I think I bought over 20 and everyone was completely different and absolutely beautiful. As you make your way farther into the Bazaar the prices go down, so bide your time and get the good deals.

    Vendors don't mind haggling and it can be done without much pressure. It's a lot of fun and the vendors expect it. Set a price and see how low you can get it for. The rug sales people can be a bit more pushy, so don't get sucked in and don't be afraid to tell them no. There are tons of spices and knick knacks around so be prepared to bring an extra bag or two if you plan on doing some serious shopping. Great bargains are to be had as well as taking part in this old shopping experience.

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    Great place to look for tribal jewelry.

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    turkish traditional bazar MUST SEE

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    This is a must for any group of travelers be it family, friends, old, or young.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Buy your holiday souvenirs here and have a cuppa Turkish Kahvesi or Cay

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    Incredible place! Unique.

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  • Grand BazaarPro 2014
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    A cool market that feels huge and labyrinthine. Plenty of public toilets.

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  • Grand Bazaar

    a must see touristic attraction but definitely one of the most expensive places for shopping

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  • Grand Bazaar

    Always an interesting time! Get ready to spend hours :) A living museum

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  • Grand Bazaar

    Good place to shop, remember to bargain as much as possible. Best place to buy souvenirs.

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    yo tengo un juego k se llama harvest moon grand bazaar, xD

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Description

The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It was first built during the 15th century, shortly after the Turkish conquest. It is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather, gold jewellery and the like. The core area, called the Cevahir Bedestan, showcases the most expensive antiques and jewelry.

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4.5 out of 5
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Aliases: Kapali Carsi