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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

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Neighborhood: Beyazıt
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Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Activities: Shopping
Description: Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in...
Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.
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Keep your hands on your valuables! Seriously crowded and a bit of a tourist attraction but the banter the haggling and general atmosphere cannot be beaten. You could spend a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

Beware of Ali at Caravan Carpets in the Grand Bazaar. He has an australian wife and lures Australians to his store and has all the appearances of being of someone upstanding and friendly. He will even offer advice on how to avoid being ripped off. He is a crook and will sting you. Do not buy anything there and beware... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

There are no words that can describe how big the Grand Bazaar is. You will find anything and everything your heart desires. What's more, the quality of the items being sold isn't the typical two cent item which will fall apart in days time. If you are smart and are willing to haggle, you can actually get some impressive leather... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Keep your hands on your valuables! Seriously crowded and a bit of a tourist attraction but the banter the haggling and general atmosphere cannot be beaten. You could spend a whole day here. BUT take smaller notes and keep in various pockets its easier to haggle if the vendor does not know how much money you have.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This place has it all, from ornate ceramics and colourful chandeliers to Turkish delight and hand-crafted chess sets. And it's all up for haggling. It's a labyrinth but is actually roughly separated into districts based on the fares sold. There's ow even an app which helps you navigate around. I love wandering around here. You won't leave empty-handed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

My only advice is get stuck in. What an amazing place, you could spend hours wandering around. Everyone is friendly, the shopkeepers gently try to get you to spend your money and haggling is great fun if you play fair. I would highly recommend a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the Grand Bazaar one afternoon after sightseeing just to have a quick look around as we thought it was going to be like the sukes in Egypt and Marrakesh, but no this is much more organised. Apparently there are around 4000 small shops in the Grand Bazaar, many of them selling similar things. Its easy to get lost... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Visiting the Grand Bazaar is quite the experience! This was my second trip to Istanbul and so my second visit. It is huge, crowded, and it is easy to get turned around. There are many streets and alleyways, uphill and down. Keep track of what gate number you came in. The best to go in is gate 7 which is... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Overwhelming, but definitely worth visiting. So many vendors. Tons of people, so be careful if you don't like crowds. Fascinating place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We had a great time touring the Grand Bazaar. With so many shops and places to eat, you can easily spend the entire day there. Be sure to bring spending money, if you like to shop. There are knock-off designer goods for every taste and wallet. The bazaar was clean and well lit, and not too crowded. We went early... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

High prices, fixed shops, like being in a big shopping mall with annoying used car salesmen types trying to scam you out of every penny you have. Such a let down. There was one back corner of the bazaar that was nice with a tiny kabob stand and a lovely copper earring store, and seemed to be where the locals... More 

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