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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

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Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 21-+90-534-631-01
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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If you visit istanbul, one popular turist attraction is the Grand Bazar.Yes it is worth your visit,nice to have a tea or coffee inside, colors everyware, but Dont buy!!! Almost... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes the souk is busy & noisy, but that's part of the charm. You will get hassled by stall keepers but that's also part of the fun - they love a witty comeback and a bit of banter so enjoy it! If bartering is also your thing, go for it. You can get some great stuff for a really great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and it was amazing. The array of goods for sale was immeasurable. The Turkish Delight was to die for. The people were friendly and helpful. You can almost get lost the bazaar is so big. A "must visit" if you visit Istanbul. John and Gail Laney.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you visit istanbul, one popular turist attraction is the Grand Bazar.Yes it is worth your visit,nice to have a tea or coffee inside, colors everyware, but Dont buy!!! Almost everything is expensive, outside from the grand bazar you can buy the same thing half price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place. You will never get bored but still watch your wallet. Shops, restaurants, cafes, money exchange and many others. Be prepared for a good walk.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Forget about leisurely walking into shops and relaxed style of shopping. If you enjoy being hassled, shop keepers shouting at you to purchase, if you have time and love endless bargaining, being ripped off, then, this is the place for you. For instance, prices can start at 130 lira down to 40 lira and you'd still be ripped off. (found... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

In this place yoh can find much more things can buy from turkesh artisan , hand made things , sweet food , clothes, and much more it's good place to visit but notice that the prices is little high!!

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Annaba
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Its so big and has a lot of shops you can find everything there from gold to clothes to spices to souvenirs but I think sometimes the prices are a little bit higher

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It has everything you want to see. From outfits to shoes to ceramics to hookahs to Turkish delight and tea. All here. Some places better than others. It's definitely a must visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The old bazar is a covered historical shops and very nice stuff to buy but you should bargain The outer area is full of shops with everything u can imagine but not genuine materials

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Grand Bazaar was everything I expected, lively, vibrant, colourful and hectic! A must for anyone in their lifetime. You have to barter and be firm but don't be unrealistic! The spice bazaar was amazing, the sights and the aromas and the stalls piled high with all flavours and colours of Turkish delight truly a sight mot to miss! A... More 

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Grand Bazaar
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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