Arasta Bazaar
Arasta Bazaar
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The area
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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  • TS71
    London, United Kingdom7 contributions
    Not such a delight after all
    Beautiful Bazaar… I got some Turkish Delights from Arasta Bazaar (Pasalar Diamond) and ended up not being such a delight after all. Who charges £255 for a box of them and a box of baclavas and four little bags of tea? Well a shop at the Arasta Bazaar does and who pays fo it? I did… 😔
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 18, 2023
  • Barbara R
    New York City, New York7 contributions
    Calmer, more curated shopping experience than Grand Bazaar
    I really like buying things at Arasta Bazaar because it's calmer, smaller and more premium than the Grand Bazaar. It’s a curated set of about 80 shops with the types of things I like to buy, including flat-weave Turkish towels & blankets in a range of pretty colors, pillow covers, tiles & ceramics, handbags and jewelry. The setting in the old stables is very pretty. As a bonus, while shopping here, we stumbled upon the lovely Museum of Great Palace Mosaics which is located underground from the bazaar.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 18, 2023
  • Rebecca F
    Alabama40 contributions
    Gallery Desen Carpet and Kilims A Must Visit in Arasta Bazaar
    We shopped a number of carpet and kilim shops in the Sultan Ahmet area but returned to Gallery Desen in the Arasta Bazaar to make our purchases. Desen had the most attractive, uninflated, prices; their selection was ample and of good quality; and, most pleasantly, the staff was low key. Desen's knowledgeable and cordial staff member,Loai, gave us comfortable space to browse while also being helpful to answer questions or point us in the right direction. He very kindly held several pieces for us overnight while we made our decision. We quickly agreed on a price. The entire experience was first rate and we are happy with our purchases. Highly recommend Loai and Gallery Desen.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Lacie Flojita
    Salt Lake City, Utah258 contributions
    Cute place to look for souvenirs.
    A rasta bazaar is a small area with lots of cute shops. It is a much different experience than the Grand Bazaar or the Spice Bazaar. The area is smaller and well as the crowds. It’s a nice place to shop for souvenirs.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Bill S
    Grand Rapids, Minnesota274 contributions
    Just right
    Although one sees the same six shops wherever one goes (spice, Turkish delight, dish ware, rugs, trinkets, shoes), this place is pleasant and quiet, without the bothersome shopkeepers bugging you. It’s peaceful and fun. We made our minimal purchases here, away from the hustle and bustle.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • SteveB
    Paignton, United Kingdom887 contributions
    Classy Boutique Bazar
    We discovered this Bazar relatively close to our hotel and not far from the Hippodrome. It's a newer construction and has a lot of good quality small shops and well worth a browse. As you would expect there are a lot of restaurants and cafes surrounding it to consider your purchases!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Traveltoendofearth
    United States51 contributions
    Clean, quiet and right next to the Blue Mosque.
    Quiet bazaar right next to the Blue Mosque. Didnt encounter pushy salespeople at all. They were open late (many sites were open till 9pm) on Sunday even though the internet says they close at 7pm. If you have a rental car, there is plenty of parking nearby.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia6,464 contributions
    Surprise find
    To be honest, I just stumbled on this bazaar by walking around the Blue Mosque. Not as well known as Grand and Egyptian Bazaars, Arasta is 1 long street of well presented shops selling good quality stuff. Nice, quiet and very pleasant.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 30, 2023
  • DrArunAgrawal
    Noida, India772 contributions
    Nice place to shop for Turkish products
    Veey nice place to shop for the best of Turkish products at afforrdable prices located right at the entrance to the famed Sultanahmet Square . Not so crowded as Grand Bazar is, and much smaller in size . Visit highly recommended .
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 25, 2024
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Passenger26916268725
1 contribution
Sep 2023 • Couples
Overall Istanbul is beautiful and great people.
However, beware of Arasta Bazar turkish delight shop which is opposite of Cafe Mesale (i believe it is called Mesale Spice). People at this place will scam and trick you into buying expensive turkish delights. We ended up paying for supposedly $250 worth of turkish delights at the end. The person at the shop would not tell us the price and started packing the boxes of turkish delights (Packed it to the point that you can't fit anymore into the box). we asked how much was the price and said it is by weight but still would not tell the price and we ended up paying $250. I would recommend if you want to go there, get the price in advance or avoid going that turkish delights from this shop.
Written September 12, 2023
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Katja K
13 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
Be careful of the first spice shop on the left, when you enter from south. They are very polite, gives you tea to taste and make nice small talk. And they are very eager for you to pay with card. When you pay with card you may not understand how much you really are paying. We almost ended up paying 180 euros for our tea. But when you start counting the cash, you understand you are beeing "robbed"
Overpriced, beautiful things in many shops.
Written April 12, 2023
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Barbara R
New York City, NY7 contributions
Mar 2023
I really like buying things at Arasta Bazaar because it's calmer, smaller and more premium than the Grand Bazaar. It’s a curated set of about 80 shops with the types of things I like to buy, including flat-weave Turkish towels & blankets in a range of pretty colors, pillow covers, tiles & ceramics, handbags and jewelry. The setting in the old stables is very pretty. As a bonus, while shopping here, we stumbled upon the lovely Museum of Great Palace Mosaics which is located underground from the bazaar.
Written April 18, 2023
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Indiana_Jonesse
San Francisco, CA7,370 contributions
Jan 2020
This bazar is a stone throw away from my hotel so I passed it daily. I purposely walked through here instead of the streets to look in case I overlooked something. All the merchandise sold are the same where you can get elsewhere. But this place is very accessible with an excellent location.
Written February 21, 2020
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Rebecca F
Alabama40 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We shopped a number of carpet and kilim shops in the Sultan Ahmet area but returned to Gallery Desen in the Arasta Bazaar to make our purchases. Desen had the most attractive, uninflated, prices; their selection was ample and of good quality; and, most pleasantly, the staff was low key. Desen's knowledgeable and cordial staff member,Loai, gave us comfortable space to browse while also being helpful to answer questions or point us in the right direction. He very kindly held several pieces for us overnight while we made our decision. We quickly agreed on a price. The entire experience was first rate and we are happy with our purchases. Highly recommend Loai and Gallery Desen.
Written May 21, 2023
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Susan D
Cairo, Egypt128 contributions
Mar 2022
Much better than the aggressiveness at the Grand Bazaar. I went back again and again for gifts. The prices are good and some shops even have fixed prices and others you can bargain. It's a nice stroll close to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Written April 25, 2022
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Deetee100
London, UK1,716 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Smaller and more premium than the Grand Bazaar, this bazaar lies just behind the Sultan Ahmet mosque and is a bit more relaxed though more expensive. It’s pretty much the same sort of things on offer, plus a few slightly more prestigious boutiques and cafes. A nice place to walk through, but the bargains and excitement are in the Grand Bazaar
Written May 21, 2022
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TS71
London, UK7 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Beautiful Bazaar… I got some Turkish Delights from Arasta Bazaar (Pasalar Diamond) and ended up not being such a delight after all. Who charges £255 for a box of them and a box of baclavas and four little bags of tea? Well a shop at the Arasta Bazaar does and who pays fo it? I did… 😔
Written April 18, 2023
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DrValeria
20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We ended up in this bazaar by chance as we were taking a short cut. What a clean and beautiful place. All the vendors are very nice and helpful. They all have a variety of things that you can find in the grand bazaar but in a more open space and less crazy full crowd of tourists. At the end of it there is even a few places to eat and have coffee. Highly recommend and also a must!!!!! Plus I even saw a greater variety of things.
Written January 11, 2020
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DrArunAgrawal
Noida, India772 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Veey nice place to shop for the best of Turkish products at afforrdable prices located right at the entrance to the famed Sultanahmet Square . Not so crowded as Grand Bazar is, and much smaller in size . Visit highly recommended .
Written February 25, 2024
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