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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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The bazaar has it all. Maze of shops with all kinds of goods. For us with kids 2 hours was more than enough as it is repetitive. Found prices ok but got much better deals on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

If your in istanbul and have some time then the grand bazaar is worth a visit. There are some shops that have fixed prices that are Generally cheaper than the shops where you have to negotiate and waste time. The shops on the streets just off the main grand bazzar centre are great as you don't get hassled by the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A must stop. Although there are over 4000 shops, it is easy to find your way around. It is important to bargin... They almost expect it and respect you for it. Since many shops sell the same thing, if the price isn't right, go to another one. It is funny how the shopkeepers seem to know a lot about your... More 

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Port Hedland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The bazaar has it all. Maze of shops with all kinds of goods. For us with kids 2 hours was more than enough as it is repetitive. Found prices ok but got much better deals on the street with much less pressure. It definitely is a must but didn't want to waste too much time here as there is way... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is a colourful place and enormous. I thought it was a fun experience. Not sure there are too many bargains to be had.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Interesting to walk thru seeing the many shops and the items for sale. You can bargain with the shop owners regarding prices. However most of the items are typical cheap souvenirs. Not the place to shop if you are looking for authentic items.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Even though the Grand Bazaar boasts 4,800 shops, you will begin to notice after an hour or two of shipping that everything is the same from shop to shop. Leather bags (all imitations of designer bags), scarves, tapestries, souvenirs, everything. If you're actually serious about buying a treasure, you will most likely be disappointed. A quick stop just to look... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Huge, can get lost, but there was little variety in the merchandise being sold. Prices, yes. I had been collecting "snow globes" for my granddaughter throughout our trip. The one I purchased was half the amount of the first one I looked at! Found shopping in Kusadasi better and more personal. If you are meeting a group or guide, be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

4,000+ stalls proves the name is correct. It is grand and then some. I would allow a minimum of 2 hours, more if you can handle it. There is no other place on the planet like. I have some credibility in area having visited markets on 6 or the 7 continents. There are none in Antarctica. I am TravelinAlan for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The market stretches as far as you can see and is mostly covered over so it's a great place to be if it's raining. You can barter for the items to give you the best deal possible. It was not very busy in the morning.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Huge market place, hundreds of vendor but all selling the same stuff, likely from China. Great if for the experience of weaving into and out of markets while bargaining. Overall, the set up is quite organized but extremely overwhelming.

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Address: Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 21-+90-534-631-01
Location: Europe  >  Turkey  >  Istanbul>  > Beyazıt

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