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Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Istanbul
Istanbul 34126, Turkey
Grand Bazaar
+90 212 519 12 48
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 6, 2005

If you're a shopper, then the Grand Bazaar is a 'must see' and a fabulous way to while away an afternoon and it's undercover too. You will find bargains (campared to home) but you'll also find items that you 'wouldn't pay half that at home'....More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed December 28, 2013

I am a local Istanbuler. My advise to all foreign visitors is NOT to go here. If you are curious about the place I would just recommend going to see but not buying anything at all. All shop owners are scavangers. They have nothing in...More

10  Thank Devrim A
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Reviewed today via mobile

The Grand Bazaar is enormous & bustling with people. You can find everything from key chain souvenirs to authentic Turkish carpets, porcelain, silks, cashmere, and lamps, as well as handbags, jewelry & antiques. There are restaurants & coffee shops dotted throughout the market, and restroom...More

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Reviewed yesterday

So much color, so many vendors. You can buy almost anything there. Full of vibrancy and characters. Energy abounds,

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Bubbles with huge energy. Love the jewelry that glistened all around me. I got some fine pieces for a nice price Will be back again

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very big, traditional market. It's a must visit place. You can buy in bargain prices from leather goods to jewellery... Many small restaurants nearby that must visit like Bahar restaurant.

Thank zeisandreas
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit Istanbul, you have to visit Grand Bazaar "Kapalı Çarşı". You will enjoy your time as you walk through narrow streets of Ottoman style building looking hundreds of different goods to buy.

Thank Gokhan T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kapali Carsi is a must place to visit when in Istanbul I go every time I am in Istanbul but be warned it is expensive . But a trip to Istanbul would not be complete without going and being ripped off !!! The sights smells...More

Thank Tina K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time when we are in Istanbul we visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. There are 4 gates offering access to the Bazaar, a huge complex of shops,stalls, kiosks and stands. It is such a good...More

Thank CarlaColumna123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an ambiance and atmosphere...incredible!! This is like a standard Turkish market but on steroids. The small streets are truelly endless and while the big central walkways are filled with tourist, be sure to really dive into the small streets deep into the heart of...More

Thank stevemE7001YD
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Grand bazaar is such a large place. Many shops and avenues. People are very friendly. They start high with pricing but can be talked down by more than half. You can find anything in the bazaar.

Thank vmart760
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a good experience. If you can haggle this is the place for you. It's very busy so can get very stuffy

Thank Blessing09
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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
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Response from Colesterol | Reviewed this property |
Oh yeah! Bargaining is part of the entertainment of shopping at this bazaar. Mind you, you are dealing with merchants that have 5000 years of collective training in bargaining. There are books written about this, but in a... More