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“Easy way to spend several hours” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kemeralti Market

Kemeralti Market
Konak Mh. 35250 Konak, Izmir, Turkey
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Ranked #7 of 197 things to do in Izmir
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Owner description: This colorful area of the city is known for its antiques and elegant shops. Visitors will also fine many good seafood restaurants here.
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“Easy way to spend several hours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I found this more interesting and more entertaining than the Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. You can find anything you need (and a lot more!) from here and at a very reasonable price. You can easily spend a few hours here, just strolling and browsing, sitting in nice cafes watching the hustle and bustle. If you smell something fishy, there is a fish market also. Don't be put off by the smell, go there and sit down at a small, downscale restaurant. They offer the best fish in town from paper plates. So fresh and so tasty. Do try also the warm mussels with rice that they offer from a cart. They are delicious although you cannot help thinking if it is wise thing to do. At least we did not get any stomach issues but enjoyed them very much.

Visited October 2013
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“Interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Kemeraltı Bazaar is interesting place to visit. It is much smaller then Grand Bazaar (Kapali carsi) in Istanbul but it is at least its miniature. You can find souvenirs there, clothes, spices, home decorations, etc. Bargaining is definitely something you can practice here as well :) There are many cafes inside of the bazaar and restaurants/fast-food places so you can shop and take breaks through out the day. You might be also pleasantly surprised while having tea someone might start playing saz (musical instrument) and sing most beautiful Turkish love songs :)

Visited September 2013
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“VISIT FOR INTREST ONLY!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Like most modern bazzars (markets) the Izmir Kemeralti serves two purposes. Not as aggressive as Istanbul, Ankara or even Kusasasi the market singles out the tourists from the local shoppers. Visitors, particularly unaccompanied women, are pestered from the moment they enter. The general politeness of most Europeans is taken advantage of constantly. Think of this as a European Friday street market aimed mostly at local people providing, in addition, an interesting view for visitors. Few bargins and few honest traders. The karervanseri may be of more interest but keep your hand on your purse and be ready to be ripped off.

Visited October 2013
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“A good deal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My wife and I were very lucky. Stopping to buy a leather belt on the streetside nothing was suitable, however the seller asked us to visit his showroom/storeroom. This was located just inside a modern 4 storey building. A deal was done for belt and then enquiring about a leather jacket the seller invited us to another showroom in the building, on the first floor.
A showroom with leather jackets,and more important made by the owner Mustafa and the quality looked excellent. The jacket label clearly showed the makers name, telephone number and e-mail address, all confirming genuine originality
The shop name is Has Deri, and email address leather@mynet.com.
What luck in going inside the building to the first floor,and not having the disappointments as reported by other travellers to the Kemeralti market

Visited October 2013
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“A distant second to its big brother in Istanbul, the Covered Bazaar”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Like most everything in Izmir this will likely be a let down for those who come to Izmir after seeing what Istanbul has to offer. However, if Izmir is your first stop in Turkey you may find Kemeralti (many other places in the city) interesting.

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