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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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Ranked #20 of 388 Shopping in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
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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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Similar to Khan El Khalil (Cairo, Egypt), but MUCH cleaner and less oppressive. We did find some good deals (we think). I wouldn't plan on it taking up more than an hour or two of your day unless you are really into bargain hunting. Found a good coffee shop in the back that is great for a little break.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

This market is very interesting and a must to visit. You need to be very patient to bargain to get good deals.

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Queensland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Wow, this bazaar was just great. Shops, shops and more shops. Had lunch a a small BBQ type place, the food was just wonderful. Easy to get lost though, I think they should have maps strategically placed around the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Very nice to see, good quality clothes and bags, good prices: Don't pay a fake Burberry shirt (very well done) more than 15€. if you ask in the bags stores(you can find one good entering the gran Bazaar from the gate next to the mosque, taking the first on your right at 20 meters from the entrance and you'll find... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I loved going to grand bazar with my husband and our wee girl, the place was just outstanding! There was so much to choose from and all the shop keepers were nice and friendly apart from one who looked as though he didn't really wanna be there but we didn't really let his attitude spoil our fun. Overall amazing shopping... More

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

In Grand Bazaar you can find spices, turkish delights, pashminas, fabrics, jewelery, leathers, leather bags and shoes. You can also drink a coffee and eat something quick! Negotiate the prices, they can go really down in order to sell their goods!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Grand Bazaar is huge, crowded and extremely overpriced. Spent less than an hour there. Preferred the Spice Bazaar much better prices although found store keepers from both markets just as pushy to purchase their goods.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Friends referred me to BoybeyI Jewellery. Boybeyl Jewellery then referred me to this rug shop, and stated they should take care of us, well perhaps not, as we weren't. I was expecting that if I didn’t get the very best price I could at least depend on getting good rugs at a ‘reasonable’ price. Much time was spent negotiating but... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We started with the purchase of Turkish Delight and other various candies and moved through the warren known as the Grand Bazaar. It was a nice, well-lit, but somewhat crowded shopping place that went on and on forever as far as we could tell. We saw lots and lots of stuff that we didn't need and wouldn't take back, but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The ultimate mall, the Grand Bazaar is crazy fun, but don't feel like you have to do your shopping here. Hundreds of shops sell basically the same stuff -- a lot of it made in China. Doesn't much appeal to me, but if you love to bargain and enjoy the back-and-forth with the vendors, go for it. I found the... More

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