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Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul

Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping
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4.2/5 based on 500+ 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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  • The night going with the city and the disappointment. It is people like touts were selling luxury brands of genuine or not I don't know, but a painful place. We wouldn't want to go outside and ate snacks at food stalls.
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  • Lived near this market and the smells of spices and teas we had champagne each morning!) In this small market, you can find any souvenirs at reasonable prices and the mood can be and get yourself a nice discount! Tranquil market, sellers are not intrusive, which gives a relaxed atmosphere imbued with colour and atmosphere)
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  • Everything in moderation. Harassing merchants, spices and scents of flowers and colours of Utopia, pickpockets and tourists rotozei.
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  • 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.
  • Not as impressive as the Grand Bazaar, this open air market offers a different sort of product and trinkets, as the Hagia Sophia looms in the back ground.
  • Good shisha friendly staff basic but good food at a good price. Popular with locals and traditional live music
  • I enjoyed so much. Turkish traditional board game and some smoking stuff. I didnt buy anything though.
  • One word, barter. Don't take the first price. In fact start to walk away. The shopkeeper will probably drop the price as much as 50%. If they do not, there is another shop with the same stuff 10 feet away.
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