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“Shopping heaven”

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)
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Istanbul Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar Shopping Tour
Ranked #32 of 1,070 things to do in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.
Melbourne
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“Shopping heaven”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Shop shop shop shop...so many places to shop that you will go crazy!! Lots of fake bags and clothes but also some cool items. Just be ready to bargain the price down!!

Visited December 2012
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canberra
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“Fun & amazing bazaar”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

The grand bazaar in Istanbul is really one of a kind with rows & rows of shops (over 2000) that sell almost everything with heaps of variety in jewellery, clothes , accesories, leather goods , pottery, silverware & it goes on & on. There are money exchange centres if you need the local currency but all vendors accept US$. Make sure you bargain starting from at least 50% & meet halfway if you are really happy to buy it. Another trick is to walk slowly away , the seller will the counter offer if he wants to make a sale .
There are a lot of fake brands in clothes & handbags, many of them are very well made. Just be aware that the cotton shirts do shrink a little bit .
this bazaar is such a fascinating place, it' s unique & a must to visit even if you do not intend to shop there.
There are many eating places outside the bazaar, the food may seem reasonably priced but check to see is they have a service charge cos that definitely adds up alot to the bill as this is a great tourist attraction area.
Viva kapali carsisi!

Visited November 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Everything your heart's desire under one roof”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

As I entered the bazaar, I had no idea how large it is, and what a very intense experience it is for the visitor. You can buy gold, silver, pottery, carpets, souvenirs, and more, in one place. The Turks are used to bargaining, so be sure you would like to have the item that you are considering, and what you are willing to spend, before interacting with the merchant. This huge place puts your senses on high allert. You are watching people and merchants, looking at merchandise, and also watching out for pick pockets. Do not take more than necessary to the bazaar, and you will be able to relax, and enjoy the experience more this way. Remember your money belt.
That said, it is a fun place for couples, families with teens, and also if you are traveling alone. Although I did see families with small children, it is usually very crowded and strollers would be a challenge to maneuver through the isles.
There are public restrooms, but you will need to leave some coins with the attendant. Some of the restroom facilities are not exactly what we are used to in North America, but still navigable.
Go and enjoy this wonderful place.

Visited May 2012
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Mc Lean
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“I need to go back...”
Reviewed December 7, 2012 via mobile

I had less than an hour to explore the Grand Bazaar before my airport shuttle came to collect me. It is a maze of streets and alleys that were fun and amazing to explore... Wish I had more time! The vendors seemed to expect and enjoy the bargaining process -again, more time was needed. It is important to be aware and alert while shopping there -I was targeted by a couple of bumbling thieves but was able to dispatch them without much effort. Next time I visit Istanbul, I am definitely spending more time at the Grand Bazaar!

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abu dhabi
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“different place to see”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

there are lots of shops to see all type of goods with Turkey style.
the thing I don’t like the people who work at shops disturb you always and try to sell anything to you so 1 or 2 hours is enough so see it as it is different than other places you can buy staff from there but you need to check the same items in many places to have idea about the price or you have to get it with 50 % discount

Visited October 2012
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