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“What a place to be seen to be believed”
Review of Kapali Carsi

Kapali Carsi
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Jewelry Workshop at the Grand Bazaar
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and...
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Istanbul Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar Shopping Tour
Ranked #32 of 1,099 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.
Reviewed November 4, 2013

While visiting Istanbul never forget to visit this place. There are too many shops and too many buyers. Rates can be bargained. Start with 25% of the asking price and you may end paying 40% of the initial asking price. Anything on the world is available here. Toilets are paid @ one Lira per use. There are no seating places except in the cafes and restaurants which are costlier. Shop owners are sometimes too pesky but preserve your stature and you are through.

Thank akshayanshu
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Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

I'm sure it's part of most tourist itinerary to go to the Grand Bazaar for shopping . I'm glad that it's open cuz I heard it's close for few days during it's Eid which is their Muslim celebration . Came here to buy T-shirts, Souvenirs and Turkish Delights . You got to bargain for sure and there's no price tag for most of the products here . One thing that annoys me is that the vendors will keep asking you where are you from !And I notice the shops outside the grand bazaar much cheaper than inside the grand bazaar . Must be the rental more expensive inside the grand bazaar cuz it's a tourist attraction .

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

The Bazaar is not the kind of place to just go for a visit. It's teeming with people and if you even flick your eyes towards something on display you'll get hassled by the store owner. Having said that, if there's something you want to buy, can take the hassle as part of the experience and don't mind haggling over the price, then shopping in the bazaar can be a cool, if slightly stressful experience. We bought a leather jacket that way and didn't regret it.

Thank paulhZ9321KR
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Iconic and colourful place you need to visit for the experience. I got ripped off so personally I would not buy anything there unless you have researched the price elsewhere and you are prepared to haggle. Lots of the same thing so save yourself a lot of time and just go down one aisle - you would have seen everything then.

Thank Lynne R
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

We were looking forward to this, assuming it would have some atmosphere like the Khan-el-Khalili Grand Bazaar, in Cairo, but it really didn't. It wasn't as nice (in our opinion) as the Bursa Bazaar that we'd visited, earlier in our tour & not as fun as Manavgat or Side markets, in Antalya, where we've struck many a good bargain. The prices were all higher than we'd imagined, for t-shirts & normal shirts, plus the vendors didn't seem to want to haggle. We left after about 20 minutes & won't revisit there when we return to Istanbul. It's just like a large, commercial, modern shopping mall.

Thank Nephthys
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