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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), Istanbul

Categories: Flea Markets, Shopping
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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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  • When every corner of Istanbul actually is great but need to stop the Grand Bazaar a.. There you could lose yourself and really at the end of each corner you can kaybolada:) You can easily find everything you're looking for, but don't forget to haggle:) Especially a lot of tourists a place so crowded in the area disturbed by coffee in Note:)
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  • Things that sell here are beautiful and variety, recommended us not buying by high prices but with a good haggle I think they can get to an acceptable cost and things that in other places there are
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  • The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is iconic of the city. Full of endless passageways and corridors crammed shops, colours and aromas.
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  • The place is amazing for tourists though might be a but stuffy and pretty hot inside on a sunny day. I enjoyed waking around it and just watching the shops from outside. The sellers can be a bit pushy and try to get you inside their shop however they can just ignore them and walk by if you're not interested. The place mostly have jewlery places that we weren't interested in. But there are a lot of hand made stuff and glass marbles and other cool stuff.
  • Prepare for your senses to be overloaded! Enter this remarkable retail palace and bombard your sense of smell, sight and hearing with an eclectic mix of colous, smells and sounds. You will be lucky to get out without buying a rug, a lamp, some tea or perhaps one or more of the other million items of food, drink, hardware and art. If you don't like over-familiar salesmen who will not take no for an answer then avoid! If you want a taste of what made Istanbul one of the World's most important trading posts, immerse yourself and go with the flow. This place is remarkable in so many ways.
  • Interesting but not much more than a tourist attraction at this point. Actual shopping is better in other areas (such as Kadikoy). The nearby Book Bazaar is pretty interesting, though.
  • Don't go with the first (seemingly) good deal you get. chances are around the corner you will get a better deal even without haggling with the seller. Sellers will try to persuade you to see what he got, but don't feel bad to leave without buying. Just walk around and enjoy the atmosphere before deciding to buy anything. You will probably get the best deal on the shop on the street outside the Bazaar.
  • This bazaar is really grand. With 4K vendors you can practically be here all day to see everything. They sell from antiques, spices, nuts, dried veggies, decorated, knives, clothes & more. They even have a kinda stock market buying & selling inside the bazaar. Not many people speaks English. But their very nice and friendly people. It's definitely worth a visit.
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