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Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul

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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. Arrange to visit Arasta Bazaar and other attractions in Istanbul using our Istanbul day trip planning site.
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  • Comprising of one paved street, with shops lining either side, this is an easy to stroll, sanitised bazaar. Close to key attractions such as the Blue Mosque and Haghai Sophia. If you're just window....  more »
  • This bazar is a stone throw away from my hotel so I passed it daily. I purposely walked through here instead of the streets to look in case I overlooked something. All the merchandise sold are the...  more »
  • A smaller, calmer bazaar in the heart of Istanbul. A great stop when you visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. We went on a Sunday and it wasn't busy at all! We found great textile shops with the....  more »
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  • A market of the Ottoman period. Now completely tourist products are sold. Prices are expensive. You need to negotiate. At the end of the bazaar there is an area selling crafts and it is cheaper. There is also a museum in this area. There is a cafe in the area where handicrafts are sold, overlooking the beautiful sea. A beautiful market that resembles the old Ottoman.
  • My favourite place. Absolutely loved it. The spice and sweet shop at the entrance of the bazaar- we were welcomed by such a nice man offering us tea and Turkish delights. And the restaurant/coffee shop also at the entrance in the small street felt so cosy while watching people pass by. The bazaar is small but has a everything to see. The best in Istanbul
  • Perfect for me... Unlike grand bazaar, this place is very calm, all staff are polite and speak good English... You can shop calmly and you can get almost everything here.
  • Not bad. A small version of the grand bazaar. Location is very good. it is very closed to the highlights of istanbul. An ideal place for a quick shopping.
  • A very touristy place with a handful mix of cafes and shops. It's nice to sit and have a cup of coffee- but must warn the bill may surprise you. It is as expensive as a market for the tourists could be; but a wee bit cheaper than the Grand Bazaar or Spice market. A good place to stroll around in the morning or in the afternoon as the crowd is less maddening. The place being closer to Sultanahmet Mosque, it's a good place to take a break after walking around Aya Sofia.

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