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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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Ranked #21 of 388 Shopping in Istanbul
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Owner description: Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered...
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I love this place. Many stalls, though many of the stalls sell similar stuffs. You need to bargain, really bargain and that is also part of the experience too. I spent 2.5 hours shopping and did not cover all. Bargained and bought a set of the tea glasses and I think it's really nice and worth the value. Also bought... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The market is huge with an ornate ceiling, but that is about all it has to offer. The products offered are either aimed at tourists, overpriced scarfs and rugs, or rip off clothing products. Its worth a visit, but you probably wont spend more than 45 minutes there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I had a blast in Grand Bazaar typical Turkish delights and tea stores The people in shops are polite and you can get good deals with jewelry I would definetly go back to Grand Bazaar

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The great thing about being a tourist in Istanbul is that the main attractions can be accessed by reasonably priced trams that bypass the huge traffic jams or they are within walking distance of each other. The Grand Bazaar is a short 15 minute walk from the Blue Mosque laying at the edge of the historic district. The massive building... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

One has to go here just for the experience. We did not have any choice since we were part of a tour group. When we would walk by vendors and they heard us talking English, they would follow us asking a bunch of questions even though we were not interested in buying. There are many small places to eat outside... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

The Grandd Bazar is a Large and Old covered markets with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops. It was established in 14th century and now become one of the tourist attraction in Istanbul. it is an interesting place because of its unique design and atmosphere which has no similarity in other places.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

This is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Opened everyday apart from Sunday's and bank holidays from 9am to 7pm...but some people stay open as long as people are walking about. Be prepared to be harassed. People constantly asking were are you from and trying to sell you everything from souvenirs to cashmere scarfs.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

This place is absolutely massive. We went twice but found it a bit overwhelming and there is no possibility of browsing because the minute you stop to look someone appears. We also thought a lot of the shops were all selling the same things and at pretty inflated prices. We were told by locals that there were a few good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

A site to wonder and ponder for the shopaholics and tourists. With endless stalls, 20 over entrances and exits, thousands of machindizes comprising spices, turkish delights, pashminas, fabrics, jewelery, leathers, leather bags and shoes, one can spend a day or two within this labyrinth and still not bored. Although the sellers may hassle and barter they are not as pushy... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

You have to see the Grand Bazaar but you don't have to buy everything you see nor the first time you see it. You will see duplicate shops and many stores carrying similar items. On the other hand, if you do want to purchase something, do it! Our tour guide was a great intermediary to help with prices and haggling.... More 

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