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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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Ranked #19 of 379 shopping in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.
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London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Great place to bargain hunt and haggle. Expect to pay a third of what they ask for, I did this every time and it works, just walk away if you dont get what you want and they will call you back to agree to your price. This is another place that gets very very busy and is incredibly over-crowded, worth... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I was advised by everyone to visit the Grand Bazaar for great bargains. It turned out to be a great dissapointment. The size of the bazaar is indeed impressive but what they have on offer much less. Each stall has the same mass produced items and have no sense of authenticity. I would not skip it entirely but spend more... More

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69 reviews 69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

If you like looking at shops, some 5,000 of them with 60 streets, then this is the place for you. More jewellery shops then I have ever seen. The don side is that there are numerous street sellers out side the main gates which are a pain!

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Karachi, Pakistan
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22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The Grand Bazar is one the largest and the oldest covered markets in the world.It is open everyday from 9am to 7pm except on Sundays.We went there early in the morning . The market is so big, so we decided to stay in one of the lanes we had entered from and went till the end. First we just looked... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Grand Bazaar is a must in Istambul because of its history and influence in the world comerce and Istambul history. Personally speaking I do not like to bargain when I buy stuff, so this is not my favorite way of buying things because there you need to... Al the time! They split the bazaar in section (gold, silver, leather, etc).... More

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Draper, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

i was really excited to see this, but when i got there it was just a big, confusing mall. It was cool to say ive been there but it was overwhelming with the amount of people and shops. i could go to any mall around christmas to see crowded shops.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

If you are in Istanbul, you must stop at the Grand Bazaar or the Spice Market. The Grand Bazaar was overwhelming. There are so many shops. We bought a small rug in Kusadasi. We originally planned to shop in Istanbul.I don't know how you would choose a shop to purchase a rug. You would need to get guidance from someone.... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

While the Kapali Carsi is very impressive, it is a bit of a tourist trap. The streets outwith the covered bazaar are much more spectacular - never have I seen an area so flooded with people. The covered bazaar and the surrounding are is massive and are not to be missed. Fantastic place.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Personally I couldn't be bothered traipsing around the shops to buy anything but it was interesting just to walk around and see what the fuss is about. It was pleasant to walk around and look at what was for sale and the vendors weren't pushy which is important. There was all sorts of things for sale from jewellery to spices... More

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Москва, Россия
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Attention! Istanbul taxi driver 34 TEN 70 scammer !!! Puts passengers at the Grand Bazaar !!! On the question of how much it will cost to Vialand park- said that over the counter. it is about 25 km. Taxi driver drove to the main entrance and drove from the parking lot and said that I owed him 240 pounds)))))) then... More

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