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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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Ranked #53 of 1,272 things to do in Istanbul
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Type: Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion
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 & Fashion
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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Monroe, Wisconsin
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Anything Turkish, or Eurasian, can be found here. so many stores, so many things you will want, and even more that you won't. If you are a browser, this will either be heaven on earth, or over stimulation.

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Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The Grand Bazaar is a must even if you do not like the shops, I liked the way the shops were proper units and not temporary structures. We walked to the Grand Bazaar from the BLue Mosque and it took less than 15 minutes. There are lots of different products being sold there - we focused on getting our Turkish... More 

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Surrey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We only went for the experience of seeing all the stalls, dazzling colours and smells and twisted corridors leading onto yet more stalls. It is a must see just for anyone visiting Istanbul. Be very aware of your belongings and keep money / wallets / purses in an inside pocket zipped up because there are many pickpockets and worse, people... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

What a sight - twisted walkways, shop patter shop of clothes, leather good, jewelry, pottery...., the list goes on. The place reminds you of market place in Arabian Nights. All you want to do is gape at the lavish colors and artistry (or not, since many of them are probably not even from Turkey anymore) and enjoy the space, but... More 

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Prague
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The Grand Bazaar is an absolute must see in Istanbul. I am no shopper and all I wanted to do was to shop, shop, shop. The stalls and the wares are simply amazing. It feels like nothing so much as an ancient marketplace that has existed the whole of time. It is so much fun. Don't miss it.

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sjyl
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Be terribly aware or stay completely away from the so-called Gold and Silver Shop No: 26 by gate 14, run by Tunc Cangul. Necklace broke after 2 hours and local goldsmith told me value was 0,50 Danish Kroner. Reckless people like that should not be allowed to trade/have proper shops in the Bazaar. I paid less than half his demanded... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

It is HUGE! my friend and I kept getting lost in it. it has so many trinkets that you can buy. The out side portion is generally cheaper than inside. Never give the asking price also bargain.. its expected

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London, United Kingdom
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Not far from Topkapi Palace (about fifteen minutes by public transport), the Grand Bazaar in the Old City is a place to get your adventurer's blood flowing. After learning the history of some of the city's greatest landmarks, experience the culture via the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest marketplaces. Located on... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

As it was snowing and a tad cold even I did not mind getting lost around these shops, so much choice, obviously some tat but also some good buys, but more interesting is just the buzz of the place, not a great deal of hassle which was good and plenty of eating and drinking places about as well. A must... More 

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Koersel, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

The Grand Bazaar is quite huge, with all similar shops selling from textile, jewelry, clothes, laether, antique ... Very crowded and therefore for me personally not comfortable . Probably a must do when you are in Istanbul but if you do not want to buy anything, you can limit your time there. A short visit is sufficient.

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