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    Grand Bazaar

    126 reviews

    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 ...

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    The Spice Bazaar

    98 reviews

    This smaller extension of the Grand Bazaar seemed more authentic to me, as the locals weren't quite so outnumbered by tourists. The intoxicating smells will lure you into each stall, and maybe make you wonder how much apple tea is allowed through customs.

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    The Grand Bazaar. The building is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.

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    1 review

    The neon-colors in the store window stopped me in my tracks. Lured by the bright colors (in the Sultanahmet you get used to the muted tones of antique rugs) I took in the window full of electrically colored and totally whacky hats! Hats in the shapes of sea stars, fish, and many in shapes that seem pulled from either outer ...

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    Golden Horn

    1 review

    Golden Horn Leather is a great store when looking for Turkish leather products. the owner is very helpful and will help you with all your needs!

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    Arasta Çarşısı

    1 review

    The Arasta is a bazaar where handcraft products are sold. The Arasta Bazaar is located directly behind the Blue Mosque, on the north side of Torun Street. There are more than seventy stores in the bazaar. It is also known as the "Sipahi Çarşısı" in Turkish because the needs of the Sipahi (the name of an Ottoman cavalry corps) were ...

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    CKM Fine Arts

    1 review

    Cuma the owner will show you all the goods. This is a great shop for anyone looking to increase their fabric collection. Authentic and true. Tell him I sent you and he will hook it up!

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    Kutahya Porcelain

    1 review

    If you want the porcelain that found in Turkish homes and restaurants, go here. Kutahya stocks both the industrial Turkish coffee cups and the more ornate variety. My wife and I once bought 106 coffee cups here as favors for our wedding. Our guest still have them and we still brew Turkish coffee in ours five years later. The lower ...

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    By Retro

    1 review

    2nd hand clothing and vintage shops make up a huge market in Istanbul. Situated in Suriye Pasajı, By Reto is a vintage haven incomparable to others. One distinguishing fact is that they cater costumes to film sets and theatres. From vintage sunglasses to uniforms and wedding dresses, this is a wonderland for the eccentric, vintage-lover fashionista.

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    Denizler Kitabevi

    1 review

    With shelves full of engravings, old postcards, naval maps, decorative objects and books that appeal to genuine collectors, Denizler Kitabevi is one of a kind specialist bookshop. For the serious archivist with no fear of time machines!

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    El Rincón de Fehmi

    1 review

    The one thing when we visit Turkey and don't forget to buy. It's the Turkish carpet or rug. I decided to buy in Istanbul because another carpet dealers in Cappadocia and Kusadasi are very expensive. This shop also has many kinds of carpets and rugs in different level prices depend on which qualities do you want. The prices are more ...

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    Haci Bekir

    1 review

    I got this name from a owner of souvenir shop around Sultanahmet Square in my first time for Istanbul. We talked about how expensive of Turkish Delight in the Spice Bazaar. So he recommended me that if I wanted to try in same quality but based on a lower price, I should go to Haci Bekir then he write name ...

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    Topkapi Spice & Gift

    1 review

    You will find the name as Topkapi Saffron in front of the shop. I went this shop with my Bosphorus tour. So don't expect the better price than other spice shop. If you can take around for 30 minutes in the bazaar, you will find the best price. However, the staffs look welcome even they expected your orders!

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