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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey (Beyazıt)
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Ranked #19 of 376 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

it is a huge souks that never ends, we went for more than 3 hours and even we didnt stopp at every shops. u can find everything there, but be carefull it is so expensive even more than istiklal street. some sellers are nice and u can negociate the prices while some others are rude and means. it is better... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

5000 shops leads to one problem...where to get your gifts from. To really explore this place you need a good half day to search and haggle and there are some very good offers to be had. There are leather goods, lamps, lanterns, electrics, bags, toys, musical instruments and some proper high end shops as well fakes. Loved the experience wish... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My sincere hope is that the shop owners of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul read this. The bazaar could be such a fantastic place to visit, to shop and spend your vacation money. Instead it is as pleasant as a visit at your dentist who removes some of your wisdom teeth - necessary (as everybody will expect you to have... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I've read a lot about how great the Grand Bazaar is, but for me it was just too much. We got used to getting touted a lot on the streets which we grew to ignore, and this was really no different. Many of the shop owners seemed somewhat pushy and desperate for a sale. Personally, I couldn't handle all the... More

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Main Beach, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Huge undercover bazaar with 22 entrances. Be prepared to bargain for things you want to buy - 50% off the first price is a place to start; if the shopkeeper lets you walk away, you know you've offered a price too low, so you can lift your price a little if you really want the goods. We enjoyed the Grand... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Grand Bazaar is the place to try you negotiation skills. I must warn you that anything with a label or name on it is fake. This place has a wide spectrum of almost everything under the sun, from Fake Gucci Purses to fabric to silver and gold. Given that I love to negotiate, this was fun. My advice is... More

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

So before setting off for Istanbul, I heard about this grand bazaar and thought I'd check it out. I couldn't believe what I experienced. The shop/stall owners are so ruthless and swear to you when you refuse to buy from them. For example, I went to one stall and asked the owner if he could knock the price on one... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Yes its huge - and busy - and noisy- and filled with repetitious trinkets - but its also a very unique vibe with locals and tourists alike wandering around the maze of shops and stalls. dont try to see the entire place - you dont need to - just wander through and get an overview and catch the vibe -... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A best place to visit for shopping and get things for less price. But the grand bazar is closwd on Sundays and shops around grand bazar are open on weekends.

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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Not for the faint hearted, be prepared to walk a lot. The area is huge and the stores are awesome. The leather area is beautiful and my husband bought a lovely brown leather waistcoat that he had been wanting for ages at a very reasonable price, Unfortuantely some of the store holders are quite pushy and you feel a little... More

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