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“Mostly crap”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Kapali Carsi

Kapali Carsi
Ranked #19 of 536 Shopping in Istanbul
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Brussels, Belgium
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Mostly crap”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Very famous place, probably the first thing I've ever heard about Istanbul. My parents were there a number of years ago and have great memories, my aunt also went a few times and liked it. We found it quite poor. The overwhelming majority of stuff is poorly made fakes and in the little shops where they sell, say, fur, prices are cosmic. No particularly friendly service as opposed to my parents' recollection who were served tea and chatted up for hours just like that, no obligation. People nowadays are much more openly money-oriented and especially young vendors have completely lost the old habit of courting their customer. We actually only had that in a luxurious carpet shop completely outside the bazaar.Not that they have to, but that's after all what they are famous for!

Visited March 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Nirvana for shopaholics”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Spent several hours here over 6 days. As a self professed shopaholic, this place is pretty fantastic. My advice is to shop around a bit before you start to buy and offer half or less from where the vendors start. Don't be afraid to walk away, if you are even close to a good price, they won't let you get far.

Visited April 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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31 reviews
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“First Mall in the World”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

I often go to Kapali Carsi. It's not only for tourists but a market loved and visited by the locals too. Even if you don't intend buying anything it's a must for the atmosphere. You will most probably be tempted to do quite a bit of shopping. Don't accept the opening price, you must definitely bargain.

Visited March 2013
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“worth going”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

it is surely a good place to go. a big bazaar place with thousands of little stores and million things to buy...i wouldn't recommend buying. it is quite expensive. you could find the same things much cheaper outside the bazaar. bargain, bargain, bargain!

Visited March 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

I have been several times in this bazaar. People love to visit this chaotic place just to get an idea of the local color and the street commerce. The problem these days that there are no more bargains in this place and somebody might end up buying Chinese fake products. Even the local food products are more pricey than stores outside the bazaar. Some people attribute that to the high rent stores have to pay because of the number of tourists it attract.

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