Grand Bazaar
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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  • M_Vviajero11
    New Port Richey, Florida11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant and interesting visiting as well as shopping experience!
    This was our second time visiting Kapali Çarsi, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Besides a shopping experience offering a rich variety, it is also a very interesting way to experience a slice of the local identity and culture as well as interact with the shopkeepers. It is always a lively and fascinating place. The adjacent Spice Bazaar also known as the Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Çarşisi) does not disappoint, either. We would consider this a must-visit objective in Istanbul.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Jaroslav Nečas
    Brno, Czech Republic1,448 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge market
    Huge market in the old town. There are many shops with clothes, watches, gifts, spice, andies and many more. Iam not fan of shopping so I just went by, but it could have a meaning for someone to spend some money there. Turkish are willing to negotiate the price.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Archie
    Glenmoore, Pennsylvania7,351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist destination for shopping
    We absolutely enjoyed the experience. Its overwhelming, the people, smell of spices, curios, jewels, sweets. Every vendor wants you to enter their shop. They call out you, asking you to taste their sweet samples. If you don't want to go in smile and say no, move on. Don't feel pressured. Everything is quoted in dollars. it's very expensive. Try to bargain as much as possible. We loved the ceramics, jewelry, and sweet shops. Its a great experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Soumya Nayak
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates652 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good shopping experience
    The actual Grand Bazaar is the closed market. Prices of all products in these shops are very expensive. Fortunately, we visited another place in Istanbul before going to Grand Bazaar & encountered souvenir shops where same products were available for lesser price. So our visit to the Bazaar was limited to admiring the beauty & variety of things. There are huge number of shops outside the grand bazaar (an extension of the bazaar) & we found souvenirs for lesser prices in these shops. We walked so much that we ended up at the Egyptian bazaar which had a line of Turkish Delight (Lokum sweet) & dry fruits stores. The prices here are the best, so do not hesitate to buy them in bulk quantities. These sweets do not require refrigeration & stay fresh for upto 6 months, hence serve as good gifts for friends & family. We bought them from Sukru Efendi store which is a 100-year old store. They have boxes of various sizes & do air-tight packing good enough for flight travel. The bazaars are EXREMELY packed & you can easily walk 20000 steps, so would be best not to bring along kids & senior citizens if possible. The Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar & Egyptian Bazaar are located next to each other, you cannot demarcate where one stops & the other starts. So, keep walking & enjoy the shopping experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • tripsandfood55
    London, United Kingdom4,458 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice historic market with lots of history
    We visited the market in the afternoon and it seemed extremely empty compared to other street markets in and around the area. I was particularly interested in seeing the Cevahir Bedesten / oldest part (Found in the centre) of the Grand Bazaar (See gate 4 for one of the more interesting access gates) - tracing back to the 15th Century. If you have not already done so, it is worth reading about it's history before you visit. A nice building with lots of history and interesting, but overpriced goods. Before you visit, consider downloading a map (Search for Kapali Carsi map - PDF version - Note though, some maps are missing gate 4!?), that will help with getting around inside.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Heather A
    Watford, United Kingdom376 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but nothing bought!
    It's interesting to go here as part of a trip to Istanbul. It's a crazy busy indoor market that's easy to get lost as there's so many narrow lanes and passage ways. The shops and stalls predominantly sell the same thing, tourist junk, knock-off clothes and shoes. We were really interested in buying anything and we had a wander around for 10-15 minutes before heading back outside!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Razwanakhaliq
    60 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing bazaar
    Although everyone warned us that all the shopkeepers in Grand Bazaar overcharge and harass you, me and my daughter loved it there. No one harrases you. Its harmless banter. You have to ignore them. Only buy something if youre happy with the price. No one can force you to part with your money. Most of the shops sell identical items. So there are different sections in the bazaar. Gold souk. Spice souk. Clothes. Silver jewellery shops. Bric a brack. Its easy to lose your bearings in the windy alleys, but the whole experience is amazing
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • CornishMaid89
    Cornwall, United Kingdom330 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family visit
    A must see if your visiting Istanbul, the history just grabs you the moment you walk through the door. Everywhere is beautiful, the shops are high in price and the shop owners can be quite pushy however you stand your ground and they do back down. The shops are very high in price, we stopped for a drink which we enjoyed but the bill did make our eyes water slightly. Definitely if you can go just to look around and experience the atmosphere, we visited early in the morning to avoid the larger crowds with our children. I did visit myself last year and witnessed a gentleman being robbed outside the Bazaar which made me highly vigilant, as long as you have your whits about you and keep your belongings safe go and experience it!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • goldenretrievergal55
    46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do when in Istanbul
    Do not skip the Grand Bazaar when in Istanbul. It's absolutely worth doing, and you may find a few treasures. The architecture alone and history is incredible. When there, make sure to check out the Spice Bazaar too. Such a fun experience and so memorable!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 21, 2023
  • aida68
    Miami, Florida711 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be careful when buying.
    It is a beautiful, historical place. However, be careful if buying anything there. The teas are good, but you can find them anywhere, and keep your receipts. I bought a scarf as a gift for a friend, and it was supposed to be $48 (cashmere), well the charged my credit card for $480.00.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 30, 2023
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thevagabondo
Sydney, Australia93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Worth a quick look. A bit of a tourist trap. Some store persons can be somewhat insistent that you visit their store, but that is an experience too.
Written May 23, 2024
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LastMinuteLarry
389 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Huge bazaar with larger than life Vendors, who don't take no for an answer - whatever you don't want, they always have something else.....150% for enthusiasm! Great experience, but we found the scale of the place (and surrounding streets) overwhelming. Vendors are so persistent you cannot look at any items alone, they are always barking in your face! Go elsewhere if you need to think about what you are buying, unless you want a genuine fake designer item.
Written May 21, 2024
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK2,705 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
First top tip, go early to avoid the crowds. Second tip, don’t get ripped off – if you don’t like the price either barter or walk away. Third tip, walk from one end to the other to get your bearings and then walk back going up and down the various alleys. It’s a huge bustling market and very easy to forget where you spotted something that you might want to return to for a purchase so try to have a system when you walk around. Personally we did prefer the smaller Spice Bazaar but when in Istanbul you have to try the Grand Bazaar once.
Written May 21, 2024
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42Nina
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Whilst the Grand Bazaar is definitely worth a visit for the immersive experience, there are plenty of other shops and street markets dotted all over the city that offer better value and a greater diversity of products. We went along expecting to find artisan makers and unique items, but soon realised our guide book must be a bit out of date as instead it was dominated by stalls selling copy designer goods and tourist tat, repeated over and over.
Written May 18, 2024
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Kerri C
Dubbo, Australia72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Clean and well kept market with a bustling atmosphere of assertive shop keepers trying to sell you their wares. Repetitive but you must walk all of the lane to experience a full range of goods.
Haggling is custom and if you don’t you’ll be paying too much.
Written May 16, 2024
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jxx9595
Washington, DC1,395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Bazaar lives up to its reputation. It's so big that it's hard to see it all. And that's not to mention the street bazaar that surround the Grand Bazaar. We found all the merchants to be helpful and pleasant, without any real hard sell. Did we get any bargains? I doubt it, but we were happy with our purchases and our visit.
Written May 15, 2024
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Angela B
16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Massive bazaar with hundreds of shops all selling the same goods. Felt dizzy after my visit as each shop seemed to sell the same goods. Bags, bags bags (all fake brands) but high prices. Knick knack touristy goods. Just too repetitive for me. Preferred the Spice bazaar!
Written May 14, 2024
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MisJoules
Huddersfield, UK157 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
I’ve visited before in 1997 so knew what to expect, although didn’t realise just how busy it would be in 2024.. You could barely move for all the people walking through on a Friday afternoon. Didn’t buy anything but it was a pleasant experience. Once you’ve seen 5 different shops you’ve no need to bother with any more as they’re all selling the same things.
Written May 12, 2024
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Charles_and_Susan
Nottingham, UK7,168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's certainly Grand - huge. It's shops are more modern than I was expecting but that doesn't detract from the building itself and its scale. It's a delight to wander around, hopefully you won't get lost!
Written May 10, 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wandering the various arched corridors of the Grand Bazaar is very atmospheric. There are sweets, jewellery, carpets, tiles, lanterns, handbags, clothing and other items. We were told that the rents in the Grand Bazaar are higher than elsewhere so it is not a place to find real bargains and we didn't really need to buy much. The Spice Market also has atmosphere and is probably better for spices, sweets and tourist goods but doesn't have the range of jewellery, clothes or carpets. We did approach one carpet merchant who said the display here was the basic touristy items and if we wanted quality handmade carpets then we should visit his warehouse. The money exchange offices here have good rates and it is easy to compare because there are many of them. The cheapest one had big queues of locals. We checked against other recommended exchange offices near our hotel and they were comparable. It is closed on Sunday which we didn't realise and, on our first visit, we only saw the cheaper clothing shops along the streets and not the extensive internal halls which you enter by signposted gates.
Written May 2, 2024
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