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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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  • Very well maintained and organized bazaars within walking distance of the Blue Mosque. Some "touristy" but it's certainly worth a jump. Who knows what might come across some "bargain" ...
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  • I loved this bazar as it was close to blue mosque.. small yet neat with very hospitable shopkeepers who were keen to help and bargain :) my kids liked the souvenirs and my husband loved the turkish te...  more »
  • Located in the Centre of Istanbul Sultanahmet Mosque, arasta market behind the small market. Small and cosy market. Nice and interesting for arasta giftware market tturist you will know how to find. But Blue is a less expensive and tourist attractions.
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  • İt is gourguse place and very clean . You can buy every thing good price.
  • Smaller, nicer and much easier to navigate than the grand bazaar. Lots of beautiful handicrafts and a nice atmosphere.
  • It is a good place for a nice walk. With good shops and unique gifts. There are a variety of products sold there "rugs, carpets, lokum, sweets and masbiha". The prices are good. Make sure you bargain the price.
  • A small bazaar just in front of the Blue Mosque. You can find many staff that you can find in Grand bazaar. There is a Mosaic museum inside.
  • A good bazaar to buy souvenirs of all kinds and sweets. Much more cheaper and more laid back than the grand bazaar.

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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