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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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Ranked #21 of 384 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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Sao Paulo, SP
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137 reviews 137 reviews
39 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Must place to visit but quite annoying. Sellers trying to push all kind of things. For sure you must bargain. Still this is not the cheapest place to buy.

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Durban, South Africa
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61 reviews 61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Having read so much about this huge shopping area, and how to bargain and haggle and that the prices are exhorbitant, I have to admit I went there with every intention just to have a look, but not part with my liras. I went back there after scouring the immediate areas and far shopping centres, and have to admit with... More

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The shopkeepers here are not pushy, helpful and realistic regards pricing. Spices (whole) are a good buy here, cannot vouch for the ground variety. Turkish shopkeepers will haggle a little bit, but contrary to public opinion do not start at unbelievable prices and reduce prices through the floor, there is room to manoeuvre but nothing like Morocco for instance.

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

I could have spent all day wandering around here looking at all the oddities but alas only had a couple of hours, don't get me wrong after even 2 hours i was pretty frazzled but i think the more time to wander and explore here the better so you can get a proper feel for the sheer scale of the... More

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Krakow, Poland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

After all expectations that it will be colorful, loud, alive! place I was horribly disappointed in it. For me it is just a place where organized trips are told to go, buy souvenirs and get back to the bus. Everything is overpriced, there is a lot of chinese stuff that has nothing common with Turkey and it's just not alive... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The Grand Bizaar is a real eye opener. The colours, the smells, the flavours and the dodgy salespeople! You really do have to be on your toes when you go in to the place and be ready to be harassed, but if you go in there expecting that then the Grand Bazaar is well worth it. If you are a... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

after all you read about the Grand Bazaar and how exotic it seems it's kind of dissappointing to find out it's just a typical mall wrapped in a 15th century exterior. If you go to Istanbul, it's almost mandatory to check it out but don't get your hopes up that it will blow you away. The Spice Bazaar is a... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

As I don't like crowds - or haggling for prices - my visit to the Grand Bazaar was an experience - but not one I particularly enjoyed. It was crowded, smokey and presented challenges with trying to locate shops in particular areas. While guidebooks suggested some areas were specialized, there appeared to be a mixture of businesses in what was... More

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A living part of Istanbul. More touristic than the oriental bazaars but you can feel the spirit of the goods all over the three nearby continents. It is safe - killing the suspension of the bazaars known form tales ;) -, even the smallest alleys can be walked without feeling threatened. The prices is 2-6 times comparing to local stores... More

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Sevenoaks Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

More than 4000 shops under one roof with 22 gates into the 64 streets means you can get lost and confused very quickly. But then again what a great place to get lost. Take a couple of hours at least to explore this place. Take a day if you have the time. It is stunning. Fine leather coats & jackets... More

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