Kapali Carsi

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Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.
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pope86
Novosibirsk, Russia652 contributions
Couples
The bazaar is an interesting place to walk around. The small central market building is very beautiful but the market itself is much bigger and sprawls out in the surrounding streets. If you are looking for something specific don’t be afraid to shop around, some places can have exorbitant pricing especially if they know you are from a “wealthy” country. Don’t be afraid to bargain
Written October 29, 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,267 contributions
There are mixed opinions on this bazaar, and being there many times I'd agree with all of them.
Yes, the place is highly touristy, but is also an original historic market place considered as one of the first and largest markets in the world. It's regarded as a predecessor of today's shopping malls.
Kapali dates back to the mid 15c, began being built as soon as the city was conquered. It was enlarged over the centuries to reach today's massive scale. It's a huge maze of streets, hallways and side alleys and most probably you'll get lost.
You'll find there everything - from copies of famous clothes and watch brands, rugs, furs, leather, spices, sweets,....to fine jewelry. Be prepared to bargain.
The shop owners are pushy, even sometimes crossing the limits, but do NOT observe that as harassment or be offended - it's just a part of their culture and trading customs. You'll experience that all over Turkey, at restaurants as well.
The whole area is totally safe, just use caution like anywhere else in crowded places in terms of pickpocketing.
Love it or hate it, it's an authentic place you must visit at least once.
TIP: Best exchange rates in all Turkey are here. But, NOT by the Bazaar entrances, but further inside the maze. If changing bigger quantities you can negotiate even a slightly higher rate.
Written October 5, 2020
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Nicolas C
Limassol City, Cyprus891 contributions
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Kapali Carsi or Grand Bazaar of Istanbul as it is widely known, is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world!

We arrived on a weekend, so the place was quite busy. You get to see plenty of shops selling (supposedly) all big firms accessories ie. bags, wallets, purses, perfumes, clothes, even tiaras for the wannabe royalty :)

Beware! All products are fake branded, imitations. But one has to admit, good imitations. So if you don't mind buying fake brands, maybe this is the place for you. In this case, all you should know is how to Bargain! You can make them amend the price to less than one third of what they are originally selling. My friends bargained some products starting from 300 lira, ending up buying them for just a 100. A lady next to us got her bag for 350 Turkish lira, while the starting price was 800. When they see you leaving they start shouting to sell for half the price, and later for even less.

I would recommend this place for purchasing souvenirs and of course for jewellery, since you can get jewellery in much better prices here than most other places (in the country and abroad). I got myself a couple of rings at an extremely low price.
Written January 19, 2020
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Sara S
London, UK4 contributions
Nice to visit and walk around. Mass produced wares and tat tripple the price. Not worth the energy and time to haggle. The hand painted ceramic bowls cost me 9.95 TL Asian side in Kardikoy , but were selling for 25 TL at the Grand Bazaar.
Seller’s can become hostile if you start haggling. I followed advice and divided the price offered by 3 and was told to get out of the shop. Some of the porcelain coffee sets cost more than Harrods.
Preferred the smaller shops outside and a nice cup of coffee in a cafe.
Written February 2, 2020
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shufflin maniac
Zagreb, Croatia35 contributions
The place is huge and would definitely recommend visiting. The feeling is like you are in a game or a movie. The problem is that most of the sellers sell the same stuff and the prices are really high, so negotiating is a must. Most of the stores are selling spices and tea, gold, fake purses and shoes, carpets, classic tourist stuff (tea cups, nargillas...) and everyone will try to sell you something so be prepared for a place where you can easily get lost (there are signs pointing towards the exits) and be prepared for a lot of tourists.
Written September 6, 2021
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barcaranger
Andorra la Vella, Andorra1,576 contributions
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It’s a must see place in Istanbul it’s very exciting and so many things to see. At the moment with so few tourists there are in areas more people trying to sell than potential customers and with most sellers on commission and costs being so high to be in the bazaar then the atmosphere is less friendly than before . You would have thought that it would have bought prices down but in opinion it’s the opposite as sellers are trying to make the most of every sale . Reality is local people buy stuff outside the bazaar and prices are hugely different between one and the other . So if you are a tourist taking pictures no really buying stuff which most people are it’s very very difficult for the people working there as with a few exceptions there are few Western European , Antipodean or North American’s there looking to empty their wallets just mainly Russians and Middle Easterners. Anyway give it a go there are still some nice places. Also change your money in the bazaar the rates are far far better than outside .
Written July 4, 2021
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Νάσος
Lamia, Greece4 contributions
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My experience in the Grand Bazaar was surprisingly pleasant. There is a variety of different shops selling either jewellery, traditional tea and spices, souvenirs or fake designer clothes and bags. We got tired only by walking around since the bazaar is extremely big. The prices they sell are relatively expensive though, compared to shops around the Grand Bazaar, and even if you manage to lower the price a bit, I wouldn’t be sure if it would be worth it. Nevertheless, it’s a destination someone definitely has to visit once in their life, and we had a good time overall.
Written April 13, 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,159 contributions
It is interesting to visit the Grand Bazar, you will see many typical products, it is very large. The sellers can be funny. However we noticed that you can buy, for example, Turkish delight for cheaper prices in Istiklal Street. Also the prices between sellers are different, you really have to ask around and compare prices if you want to buy something.
Written May 27, 2022
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Urius
Vilnius, Lithuania778 contributions
After watching the Turkish series The Protector, I knew what to expect from the Grand Bazaar. Maybe.

I loved the Bazaar, it was fun, lively, and full of junk that no one needs. It's exactly the kind of place that's fun to window shop in. It's even possible to find one or two things that may interest you among the dizzying amount of streets and side alleys that make up the world famous Grand Bazaar.
Written October 2, 2021
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Bowmanator22
Charlotte, NC4,974 contributions
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This is a must see in the city, but it got very tiring walking around pushy salespeople all day. I love haggling, but I also like when stores have unique items. Overall, I could take it or leave it. I may come back, but I’m not in a hurry and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who wants a laid back shopping excursion.
Written July 17, 2021
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