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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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  • The people who are selling things there are to pushy, they don't even give you a moment to look. You feel like you need to run off before they approach you.  more »
  • Nice area but don't forget to bargain. I don't mean like the china town bargaining just a 10 or 15 % off. Not sure if the initial price differ based on nationally( Middle East here). They have a very ...  more »
  • Who can pass by this city and not visit this Bazaar. Is the same as in the photos and can walk with difficulty by the number of people. The most striking is the giant that is outside the traditional market. I.e. the surrounding streets are full of people and the variety of products is amazing.
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  • The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest markets in the WORLD with over 4,000 shops. What possessed me to try and conquer every shop here? After about 2 hours of walking around, I finally reached the exit only to discover it was the same way I came in. Felt like I was on the Maze Runner. All I succeeded in was being ripped off. You can find almost everything here for your souvenir needs. There were people selling Turkish delights and fake wigs on the same shelf. On a side note... I came back with a new hairstyle 👀 Huge tip - try and wander slightly outside the bazaar and that's where you get the bargains.
  • I went there on a FREE tour provided by Turkish Airlines (for long stopovers)! It was a quick walk through. The shop keepers were friendly n not pushy. Need a day to explore. I bought delicious home made turkish delights (pistachios)!! Yummy!!
  • One of the most popular, not to be missed historic destinations in Istanbul. It is like a maze, you can get lost, but spend a whole day shopping or looking around. There are clothing stores, carpet shops, Turkish Coffee shops and spice vendors. Anything from antiques to the latest fashion brand name products can be found in this bazaar.
  • A real 1001 night stories maze! Fantastic local made items (clothes, decorations, jewlry...). A must visit! But as all other touristic zones, you need to bargain a bit. Count 2 half days to consider it as visited!
  • It is the most ancient Sopping Mall in the world, it was built between 1455 and 1461. It has 30.700 square meter surface and 60 streets including more than 3600 stores in it. (Jewelry, carpet, ceramic , spice, clothe ..etc) It is always crowded during day time, but it is fun actually to be there and the goods are fresh, quality. The prices are mid-range. Most sellers can speak several foreign languages, it will be easy to communicate with them. Some may bargain, some wouldn't. Grand Bazaar is also very close to Blue Mosque, Ayasofia and Topkapi Palace.