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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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Ranked #19 of 371 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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Bend, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Spent a few hours here, although you could spend days!! So much to see, so little time. Great shopping and don't be afraid of the vendors taking you beyond the original stall and down an ally to look at something - they are just giving you the opportunity to shop in quiet with lots of choices! Bought some great pashminas... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

You can find almost everything there clothes food jewellery , carpets , accessories etc and there are many shops there so if you didn't like the price just go to other shops the price will be cheaper and there the man there will go to you when they see that you didn't like the price and let you choose the... More

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A trip to Istanbul would be incomplete without a visit to the Grand Bazaar. Boasting of 60 streets and 5000 shops, this is one of the largest bazaars in the world, and has been around since the 15th century. The bazaar is easily accessible by tram (Beyazit station) if you're staying in the Sultan Ahmet area, which is just a... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is a market like no other! The incredible trinkets, carpets, jewellery, apple tea, bags, and leather jackets for sale are incredible. Whether you are wanting to go nuts shopping, or are just curious about this huge market place, it is definitely worth a visit. Prepare to haggle for prices as the initial price offered is usually ludicrous, but with... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Over the years since i have been coming to Istanbul, this is my first time here at the Grand Bazaar. Although i do not like crowded places but this time i braced it. Also the weather was 31 degrees, i was sweating and got drenched. Saying that i enjoyed it a great deal; i bought lots of goodies, Turkish delights... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Has to be seen for its sheer size and energy. Just avoid going inside to their "shop" or you will never get out! Markets will never be the same again

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Entering the Grand Bazaar is like entering a fairy tale wonderland. It's a labyrinth of shiny blingy trinkets and wares. Excited salespersons trying to lure tourists make a sight to watch as they try connecting to different nationalities. If you are an Indian the Grand Bazaar is a paradise to haggle and bargain in!! It is totally necessary to do... More

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Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Spent a day and a half at the Grand Bazaar with my wife and 16yr old daughter. It was the best shopping experience ever. People were polite and helpful and willing to deal and barter. Very easy to get lost as there are a number of entrances and heaps of shopping rows. A great experience and a must do when... More

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Castelverde, Libya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

famed Grand Bazaar to sell Leather goods gifts handicrafts such as carpets and a lot of clothes and towels

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This gives you a feel of Istanbul... but if you are from India or the east ang have seem such bazars, then it makes for an average experience. the novelty perhaps is for the westerners. Nevertheless, good place to visit and shop. Bargain hard if you are there!

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