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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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Ranked #25 of 395 Shopping & Fashion 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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Maribor, Slovenia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Grand Bazaar is a fun place to get lost in. Sellers are mostly friendly, a little annoying at times, but hey, they just want to sell their goods. You can find anything from traditional rugs, turkish lamps, tea sets to jewelry, fake clothes and bags... I was a little shocked by the prices, my gf was looking for a bag... More 

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Boras, Sweden
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I could walk inside here in many hours! It's so much to see, lamps, clothes, bags, jewelry etc. Some things can be more expensive than in shops outside, but it is just to bargain and you will get a good price. It's information about the bazaar and its history in the ceiling.

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Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Entering the Grand Bazaar is like entering a shopping complex, but an older version. It's full of stalls and one can find from herbs to clothes. The people there are very helpful and the majority speak English, amongst other languages. If you truly want to experience the culture, it's somewhere to go. The only downside I saw to the place... More 

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DC
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I had no idea just how large it was. I enjoyed it, but was totally overwhelmed by the volume and variety. We found a little coffee stop along the way and took a break. That was a good idea and helped us get our bearings. Go, do, but take your patience and just relax and take it all in.

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Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Actually I'm a bit afraid of bazaars, but this one is different from the ones that I know. You can (mostly) walk through it without being addressed to by something. Of course, you can find souvenirs, carpets up to (potential) faked shoes and shirts. But the atmosphere is really nice. Also nice is the architecture and the closed roof. Somehow... More 

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

If you've never been to an eastern or oriental bazaar, then this place is an absolute must on any trip to Istanbul. It's basically an enormous rabbit warren of alleys and walkways - crowded into interconnected Ottoman brick and dome arcades - which contains a veritable cornucopia of shops and stalls. My wife and I visited about four times during... More 

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The bazar is huge and is a great way to spend some time. However, I was disappointed with the selection. Many of the shops focus on jewelry, rugs, and clothing items. Outside of this, you may not find what you want. It is worth a visit, though.

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Griesheim, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

You can find anything at the Grand Bazaar and its easy to spend a few hours getting lost between gold shops and all kinds of other merchandise. I had a guide and the chance to look into a few of the gold and silver workshops, which added a lot to the visit. Make sure you get to see some of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Try to avoid some of the bad people who will try to force you to bay, the place is considers as a largest open shop in the world , what ever you thing about you will find it there , legal or not, fake or original , to cover the place I thing you need more than 5 focusing visit... More 

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Awesome place! Some might say it is a tourist trap and that you need to go with a guide but that is a lie! Place is really great, I went with my wife and every salesperson were very respectful! Haggling is a must otherwise you are paying a lot of money, you can make great deals and buy cheap quality... More 

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