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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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  • After visiting the Blue Mosque together with our guests, of course, immediately we were the side briefly in Arasta Bazaar. This is an authentic image looks like a market with hidden and I'm sure as many tourists here from sightseeing to Sultanahmet you're going through. Because this is a bit of a turnoff. Enjoy a tourist shops and looked up to find all kinds of interesting and beautiful tourist souvenir. Masoud abasi is a nice market. Colorful and lively. Were viewing.
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  • Small Bazaar next to the Blue Mosque. It is worth visiting. We arrived at the chance. Little-known
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  • The only street just below the Blue Mosque Fite of gift good carpets and spices are sold in a market
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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