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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), Istanbul

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Wander the multitude of shops, feast your eyes on the colorful array of offerings, and haggle for traditional Turkish goods at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. This bazaar, home to over 4,000 artisan shops, is essentially a maze of sheltered streets featuring Turkish carpets, ceramics, lamps, scarves, jewelry, and more. Located in the "Walled City," the site dates back to the 15th century. Today crowds from cruise ships swarm the bazaar in the summertime and visitors to the city spend hours bargaining with merchants. Enjoy the enthusiastic vendors, who will typically offer you Turkish coffee or tea while you peruse their goods. Make Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) a centerpiece of your Istanbul vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Istanbul trip generator.
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  • if you like to buy everthing you can find Grand Bazaar. Rings, jevelery is cheaper than other location.  more »
  • the grand bazaar is one of the most iconic places in istanbul, it is a must visit, but avoid buying clothes, or any item that is priced above 20 USD stick to souvenirs. all items are fake branded, low...  more »
  • It's amazed how big this place is. It feeks like I couldn't find my way out and towards the end we have to use Google map to lead us out. Plenty of different varieties of shops. Just be prepared to be...  more »
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  • You can get beautifully lost in this bazaar. It's got so many weird and wonderful stores. Everyone wants to give you a "special price" There is a lot of the usual tat but there are also a surprising amount of fantastic boutiques. I got some great purchases. There are some lovely cafes and coffee houses in here too. Great way to spend an afternoon, shopping and dining!
  • This is the main bazaar in Istanbul. It's pretty big although I didn't think it was as huge as others made out. I spent about an hour in there. It's usual selection of carpets, jewellery, spices, sweets and so on. Prepare to haggle and have fun.
  • I just could not give this place anything but 5 stars. It exceeded my expectations. It is every bit as busy, chaotic, exciting and intimidating as you would expect and I loved it. The haggling is great fun if you just embrace it. Never had a nasty word said to me by a trader and I am sure I lost out on some trades but I was enjoying myself so much I did not care. There is loads of tourist junk in the bazar these days but you can still find some great bargains particularly in the leather section and with rugs and other woven goods. I would have bought some of the lighting but had nowhere to put it and no way to get it home. You simply must come here if you are in Istanbul and spend at least an hour here. Although you could easily spend half a day or more!
  • Grand bazaar is a beautiful and colorful place that sells many items made locally in Turkey. There are jewelries, souvenirs, tea, dry fruits, rugs, cafes, household items... etc. You need to practice some bargaining skills if you are going to buy because it is a tourists place and unbelievably overpriced. But it is a definitely must see bazaar to watch the beautiful architecture.
  • It is a vibrant place. There are a number of sections to explore (each section is dedicated to a certain trade or good e.g. Leather section). People are also very helpful. One has to bargain though to get the best deal.

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