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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

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Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping
Description: Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in...
Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.
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Loads of stalls to look at and sourvenirs

Visted grand bazaar the day before we left turkey, loads of stalls selling tourist souvenirs and scarfs. Bought a few stuff to take back home. Make sure you have a walk through to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

was so crowded and kinda full of junks.... things deemed antiques looked junk to me, thou its a ood place to find souvenirs, one gets tired easily seeing the same things in almost all shops. my opinion, just to see based on popularity;

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Too overwhelming. Went for the sake of being there. Too many shops to even shop around. Didn't think I bought anything. Much prefer to buy form the shops outside the Grand Bazaar.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Visted grand bazaar the day before we left turkey, loads of stalls selling tourist souvenirs and scarfs. Bought a few stuff to take back home. Make sure you have a walk through to find a good deal as you may find something cheaper in the next stall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

It is a huge bazaar located at walking distance from Hagia Sofia museum and and it is worth spending a couple of hours. It is not a bargain market. Actually you can find similar Turkish carpets in London or New York even at a lower price but these cannot take you to good memories. A shopping center can beat their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

We started the day early - which was a good idea because by lunch time it was so crowded! You can pick up some good bargains there, and get just about everything you need or want. It is a good experience and would recommend to anyone visiting Istanbul!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

A definite top attraction when visiting Istanbul. A must see and definitely worthwhile experiencing but beware the inflated prices and the outrageous claims of where goods are made. Also beware of fluctuating prices, not many items have listed prices that's because they change everyday due to traffic and how gullible you are, expect prices to be marked up by a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

If you are in touristic shopping or simply like wandering about eastern bazaars that's a place for you. Jewelry, carpets, etc. did not look very appealing and all seemed like "chinese" mass market production. We found several "organic" boutiques which offered local produce and were nice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Do not buy any sweets!!! The shops here will charge you double the price of shops outside of the Bazaar for the exact the same items. As a tourist you can expect to pay more than the locals. This goes for anywhere in the world, not just Istanbul, but in the Grand Bazaar you will be ripped off, guaranteed! If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

4 stars just for the sheer size and craziness of it all... You have to experience it at least once! Lots of similar items, don't be afraid to bargain, but don't insult them on first offer...offer more than half...or ask how much for 2 or 3... I got a great deal on some Turkish towels and he threw in some... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

A great experience but be careful. I was taken to look at cashmere scarves at back of shop and door locked behind me. Intimidating salesman and paid to get out! Ladies don't look interested, go in group but do enjoy the atmosphere, colour and culture.

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