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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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Ranked #19 of 382 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We had a great experience at the Grand Bazaar. Not as crowded as we thought and all the shop keepers were very friendly. Loved that we were Aussies and listened when we said no. We thought there would be a larger range of products but lots of similar shops get repeated. We took this as a bonus as we could... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

love the place reminds me of khan alkhalili of cairo alot of goods to buy ( jewelry, spices, turkish coffe, homewear, table wear, kitchen stuff....etc)

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hickory, nc
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Avoid this collection of hustlers, who paw over tourists and shove their wares at uninterested shoppers. An insult to travelers.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Great busy market to visit where sellers will throw themselves at you and try to negotiate a deal, if your intention is to buy then negotiate the price and have a walk through the market first, you will be amazed by the better quality for less!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed coming to the Grand Bazaar a few times. Had a real good laugh. Lots of different stalls, different colours, friendly staff and overall decent prices. Very busy, however great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and come again. A must do when visiting Istanbul. Nice walk around the area as well! We exchanged money here too one of the outlets

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

If you go here with the right mindset you will have a great time. The bazaar is immense. We went there looking for trinkets and gifts, and managed to haggle most things down to less than half the price. We then decided to buy a proper Persian rug... we were ushered into the shop and we sat down in luxurious... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

İf you are walking from Sultanahmet area up to the Beyazıt area,you are going to see one of the entrances of this worldwide famous old shopping center through on of the small and narrow roads on yr right hand side.You are going to like this covered old style shopping Mall very much as hundreds of various kinds of shops and... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

There is nothing authentic about the shopping experience in the Grand Bazaar. Locals do not shop here. You can buy cheap tat from miserable shop owners and that's it. It's the same 10 shops repeated over and again. Absolutely awful. Go to the spice bazaar instead. If time is limited in istanbul AVOID AVOID AVOID.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you come to istanbul to buy silly souvenirs -probably made in china, so you are on a right place. There is nothing,nothing and nothing autentic,just plenty of the same shops,lot of tourists and noise. Just a sad comedy for tourist groups.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Oh my. The first few minutes walking around this bizarre bazzar one's senses are overwhelmed with colors and smells of every hue & accent. But after a while I found it to be quite claustrophobic and couldn't help thinking what might happen if there was a fire... So after hunting for the exit for quite some time we were relieved... More

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