Sahaflar Carsisi
Sahaflar Carsisi
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7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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This historic book bazaar was popular with famous writers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, it is one of the most known areas in the city to find rare and used books.
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Neighborhood: 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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TracyM
Cincinnati, OH1,082 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We had a great time here. This was a fun surprise, tucked away from the crazy of the grand bazarr. Adorable shops, friendly people, no crowds and cats all over the place. We found one shop and my son was looking for Harry Potter in turkish. Found it and it was about 75lira. We were thrilled, bought the 2nd book, then spent some time in the courtyard petting cats. About 5 minutes later though the shop owner ran out after me, told me to come back in, there was a bit of a language barrier but told me the book was 110lira. I told him, I already paid and there was a sticker on the book that says 75. He took off the sticker, printed a new sticker that said 110 and asked for more. :-D I clarified if I could instead have the 1st book for 75 and he agreed. No idea what that was about, and honestly, it was more just funny than anything, but turns out, if you get a good deal, run away before you have to pay more :D
Written June 16, 2023
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Nedra
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The sahaflar carsisi is next to the grand bazaar. There are so many tiny bookstores that sell old, antique books. They also sell some art pieces as well such as miniature art. There was a huge collection of old books, leather bounded books, old french, old English and new English books. It was purely heaven on earth for me. Loved it and the prices were cheap and the sellers were ready to make a discount. Highly recommended
Written July 19, 2022
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ozsolo53
Blue Mountains National Park, Australia134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
This is a lesser known attraction than the frequently visited and very crowded Grand Bazaar. Especially if you are interested in old books, miniatures and illuminated manuscripts its not to be missed. Go to Beyazit tramstop and head for Gate 7 of Grand Bazaar, when you have it in sight veer to your left nd you will be in Sahaflar Carsisi (Old Book Bazaar) . There are some wonderful miniatures to see here ,while some are cheap and poorly done you can find some lovely work. I went to Mehmet's Orient Shop and purchased two beautiful reproduction miniatures painted by his sister Ayse Raziye Ozalp. Orient Shop also has fabulous calligraphies, old hand written books, maps , Qur'ans. While I was in this shop , it was visited by Turkish bibliophiles and collectors. Less busy than the Grand Bazaar but well worth the detour.
Written June 17, 2012
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Nirz33
Ahmedabad, India195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
Books, as well as where a person goes to hear that beautiful smell of old books? The answer I can give to myself in the Second Hand Book Bazaar ..
Even though you will find there all the same book shop, all in one by one to see, it feels very good time to spend several minutes.
University of time, was indispensable for textbooks. Although the Avcılar Campus in photocopiers at the side of the school or perhaps more cheaply than alabilecekk the Internet, go to Beyazit I would never bother to buy books. Prentice Hall International, was taking part in the meeting point of business students.
Used book reviewing, do not startle the cat from the bottom of your foot. Antiquarian of cats .. Usually one must prefer to sleep curled up in the corner ..
My last advice, if you are lover of books, I think you go with a backpack Sahaflar Market. At that time, you can be completely returned to their student years .
Written October 23, 2015
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Leslie C
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
I came to the Book Fair to specifically go to Mehmet's Orient Shop. He sells mostly miniatures, paintings painted on original hand written pages (or copies of hand written pages) from old texts. The fair is small and not very crowded. I had to ask my tour guide how to get there. It's right behind the Beyazit Mosque and the University is in front of it.

I liked Mehmet. I spent more time than I'd like to admit looking at the miniatures and he never disturbed me once. He answered all my questions. I asked which paintings were drawn on original hand written pages. He actually took a couple outside into the sunlight with his magnifying glass to check and concluded that most were actually photocopies. He seemed very knowledgeable and truthful and not just trying to sell me something. Also, he offered me raisins and nuts.

He was very lenient with how to pay. He offered payment in Euros, US Dollar, Turkish Lira or a combination of those.

He wrapped up the paintings I bought, kept them in their plastic sleeves and used cardboard on the front and back.
Written May 18, 2014
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Fusun777
Denville, NJ122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
If you are in Kapalicarsi (the Covered Bazar as the tourists calls it) don't miss the Sahaflar Carsisi, the Book Market, it is a short walk away from the Bazar, ask anyone to give you direction. Turkish people are most friendly. If you don't feel comfortable asking a passer by ask a Police Officer, they are all over the place. Do NOT say "Book Market" say or write on a piece of paper: "SAHAFLAR CARSISI".
It is open market compared to the covered Bazar and a trove of old maps, Sufi paintings, lovely cards, old books and old Turkish Calligraphies. I can spend hours there. Take your time, enter the small shops, once you show interests the shop keeper will share with you little treasures that he keeps hidden for real collectors. Don't forget to haggle, I usually start with half of what is asked and go up from there.
Also exit from the door leading you to the door of Istanbul University, which is beautiful. From there you can take the tram to wherever you are going OR take advantage that you are near by and visit Sulemaniye Mosque (see my review on it!)
Written August 13, 2014
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
"Sahaf" is an Arabic word meaning a shop or a person selling old books and manuscripts. This bazar has existed in Istanbul since the 15th century. After suffering from two earthquakes it was moved to the Engraver's Market, which was also the site of the Chartoprateia, a Byzantine paper and book market. The major clientele of this market were the madrasah students so it is located next to the Beyazit Mosque now.
You can see a beautiful fountain and the bust of Ibrahim Muteferrika, the first Ottoman publisher and printer, in the center of the market. I cannot forget the lovely smell of old books in this market. We saw some rare maps and Qurans there. We bought some great old books and some etched diaries.
Written February 29, 2016
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Ufuk E
57 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
''just outside the gates of the Bazaar''.

do you like different trip? ? if you are an eager or want to learn about something, you should be visit used book markets at Beyazıt,There are beautiful places for visit around of Beyazıt. it is pleasant to sit for a while in the tea garden situated under plane trees. first you should be find gates of the Sahaflar Çarşısı,

you can find easy that it is near by Beyazıt Mosque. Popular ways of browsing through the city, so to speak.You just need to know where to look and you can see the old books if you are interested in.

you can find paintings, lovely cards, old books old Turkish calligraphies, even antiques you won’t find anywhere else.,you should not be forget historic book sellers does not sell the precious books.Be careful with your wallet and belongings.
Written December 29, 2017
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sabzwari007
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It is a bit small but is bathed in history. The street is good for looking around and relaxing although it seems most books are in Turkish.
Written August 26, 2012
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littlecougar
Hammamet, Tunisia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
Whatever book you are looking for, the shopkeepers in this area will have it and best of all, their pricing is fair and sometimes a bargain. Many of the shopkeepers speak English and all of them know who has what and where to get several versions of the genre you are interested in. I started reading Turkish a few years ago and this is where I bought my children's books in Turkish to read. If you are a book afficionado, you will LOVE this market.
Written June 8, 2011
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