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Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul

(4.1/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
A genuine Turkish experience in and of itself, Arasta Bazaar sits right in the city's historical center. Adjacent to the Blue Mosque, the bazaar dates back to the 17th century, when the revenues paid by shop owners were used to finance the upkeep of the mosque. Today it's one of the city's main tourist attractions, drawing visitors from all over the world who seek authentic Turkish goods and atmosphere. Shop for handmade kilims, jewelry, artwork, spices, and other local products. Stop by a traditional coffeehouse and immerse yourself in traditional tastes and aromas. While at the bazaar, you can also visit the Mosaic Museum, which displays mosaics from the Byzantine Great Palace, which once stood here. Put Arasta Bazaar into our Istanbul itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Istanbul.
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  • This Bazaar is way smaller than the Gran Bazaar and not crowded... You can have a nice walk and have a look at things. Prices are still touristy tho. Only bought some turkish delight.  more »
  • Because the strenuous walk, enjoy the atmosphere of the Bazaar in its own way. I feel many stores closed when just visiting this time, turnover is high. Elsewhere, can buy the stuff they sell here. I think force here also I don't buy either. Ignore the touts in the carpet shop front near the Blue Mosque on the side so that you.
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  • Arasta bazaar is a very small scale of grand bazaar, but it is not underroof. The prices are high due to tourists and there is no variety of the goods.  more »
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  • The Arasta is an infinitely better place to shop than the Grand Bazaar. The prices are significantly lower, the hassle you'll experience is an order of magnitude lower and finally it's easy to find pieces of art and handicraft of quite excellent quality. There's a good proportion of tat too of course, but that's a universal state of affairs.
  • It's a quite small bazaar but you find everything you find in the other bazaars and the shop owners are not aggressive so you can shop in peace.
  • I enjoyed so much. Turkish traditional board game and some smoking stuff. I didnt buy anything though.
  • Quality goods here! This is where to shop if you want the real deal. Apparently this is not the place to haggle, if that's your thing.
  • Lots and lots of options for good and quality shopping and cheaper than the Grand Bazar