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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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As featured in Istanbul for free and 1 other guide
Ranked #20 of 381 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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Tampa, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

It helps to have a goal, something specific to look for, to have the most enjoyable visit to the bazaar, else you'll find yourself bombarded with so much STUFF that is just too much. But visitors to istanbul definitely need to take a look, you won't find another market like it

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Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

For the first time in Istanbul. Denise and Ali, the owners of the Dila Suites Hotel, have helped it to be easy and accessible. Istiklar Street is something to be seen and experienced. At any time, day or night, filled with people from all over the world. Enjoying diversity of all the people, the music of street performers is something... More

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is a key visit but be ready to be hassled a little .....also bargain firmly and be ready to negotiate prices down by 70 percent .... Over 4000 shops await

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Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Maybe in the past, the grand bazaar was a real market where local shopped. However, now it is just a tourist attraction. All stores only sell souvenirs, jewelry, sweets, etc. All in prices targeted to find a sucker. If you're looking for an authentic experience, keep looking. You will not find it here.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The grand bazaar and the streets surrounding are beautiful and the buildings themselves are beautiful. A lot of the items you can get for cheaper outside the bazaar, otherwise you will need to bargain quite hard as the prices start exorbitantly high, but the Turkish people are lovely and enjoy a good bargain-off. Just don't go on a weekend. The... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

There are many quality shops here (and many not). Impossible to tell which is which - an experience to take in and get out of as quickly as possible. Head to the Spice Market for some real enjoyment.

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Went with my wife and my folks to the Grand Bazaar and had a really good look around. We were mainly buying scarves, souvenirs, few shirts and some shoes. Now I know all too well about the bargaining and inflated prices initially but still after shopping around and bargaining hard a few of the things we bought we were later... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Apprehensive about the grand bazzaar, then don't be, Its easier than you think to get around]d and much larger than Marrakesh There are helpful police at every entrance, and the alleyways are very wide and quite hassle free. but be careful of "tourist tat!" but an enjoyable experience, then head over to the spice bazaar for a different feel all... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Bazaars are not everyone's scene but it's a fun outing none the less especially if you love shopping . It was very clean and orderly and fairly easy to navigate . I didn't feel harassed like others souks I have visited but I would suggest going in the morning when it's less full. You will find traditional Turkish pottery ,... More

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Wy wife and I recently visited the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and while it is certainly worth a visit the area leading up to this attraction could do with a good spring clean. The problem appears to stem from locals thinking that it is ok to simply throw all sorts of litter onto the streets. This includes papers, food cartons,... More

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