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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

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Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 21-+90-534-631-01
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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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Haggle and Bargain

Amazing place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere.. Seemingly thousands of tiny shops selling everything you can imagine but most of the goods are copies/fakes. Best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Amazing place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere.. Seemingly thousands of tiny shops selling everything you can imagine but most of the goods are copies/fakes. Best advice: If you stop to buy anything don't pay the asking price ... ever... You are expected to haggle so offer something like a quarter of what they ask and don't allow... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This place was CRAZY! It's cool to see it but can be a bit overwhelming. I knew I wanted a few tea sets and a hookah so we pretty much just found a shop to get both at, made the purchases and left. It seems that many of the vendors sell the same stuff anyway. We weren't harassed too much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It is big common market where you can find every thing inside the prices is little more i got shirts and gifts items silver and golds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The grand Bazaar is highlighted in all guide books and is a ‘must-see’ if you are Istanbul for a few days. As non-shoppers we decided we would give it a try and strolled up from Eminonou docks via Sulemaniye Mosque and Istanbul University. The easiest way is via the tram stop at Beyazit and this is where we entered the... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Kapali Carsi is an historic and ancient feature of Istanbul. It's a must see for the first time visitor to Istanbul. The history of trade and shopping it represents alone give it a great atmosphere. It doesn't take much to notice the history of the buildings around you. We wandered away from the main areas into beautiful courtyards and many... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Grand Bazaar has whatever you wish for. Seriously, you just NAME it. From soaps to huge 2.5 meter high antiques. The architecture of this place is absolutely stunning. Shop owners are funny and friendly. you'd need at least 4 hours to spend there to see most of it. negotiation is absolutely a way to buy stuff. 140 TL for 1... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Excellent experience visiting grand bazar. Must visit while in Istanbul. It is amazing the shop owners are very friendly

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Very nice place with a lot of shops, there are a lot of beautiful stuff however it's very expensive compared to the other places outside. If you like anything seriously don't hesitate to ask the seller to give it to you 75% less than the original price, and surprisingly he will accept, a good place to see but not to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to find what we wanted there and to top it up very good price, I mean cheaper than other places. Even the exchange rate was more than the others. Thanks to all the reviews, we knew what to do. However it is smokey as it is covered. Water fountain with drinkable water available (free) as well as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Must visit when in Istanbul. Don't be afraid to barter as traders expect it. It's a colourful noisy and busy place - keep valuables secure just in case.

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Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 21-+90-534-631-01
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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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