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. Plan your Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) visit and explore what else you can see and do in Istanbul using our Istanbul online day trip planner .
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  • The same original and surprising as this lovely amazing city. Here will find all-spices, sweets and much more. The market is very large, noisy. By the way while trying out already and do not want to dine.
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  • A grandeur market/bazaar dating hundreds of years and reminiscent of ottomons era. Wonderful place to shop iznik pottery, shawls/smaller ones made of pure silk and other materials. Evil eyes Nazar wil...  more »
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  • You can’t explore this place only in an hour. This is really good place you can find many staff, including the street food outside the market. This is local market but it doesn’t guarantee that all stuff are cheap, you must be good in bargaining because they will give you high price first. It’s better if you compare one shop to another. If you’re Indonesian/Malaysian, don’t be surprised if you easily find the shop owners who can speak your language. Despite the fact that many Indonesian/Malaysian students study in Turkey, it’s also the trick of the shop to draw your attention.
  • This is an amazing place for history lovers where you can find almost every thing, prices depend on your abilities to negotiate with the seller. Walking through the long passages by itself is a distinguished experience by itself. You need only comfortable shoes and lots of money to buy the irresistible things there
  • I don't like crowded places, but since I was here I made the most of it. Trinkets and fragrant oils was all that is really good to buy here. Everybody haggles and is aggressive. Do not recommend it.
  • biggest and most historical bazaar in the world. firstly there was no roof in this building but after years ottoman empire had decided to build a roof over the bazaar. this is one of the most exciting place in istanbul. you can find what you looking for, i mean everything. just you should be careful about prices. by the way, one day is not enough to explore the grand bazaar.
  • Would highly recommend a visit to this place, for its historical aspect, being the largest indoor market in the world. However a word of caution, most items are way over priced, I guess because it's a major tourist attraction and secondly the rents must be super high. If your looking to buy, would recommend the smaller shops outside closer to your hotel. Most of the time there is a big difference in price.

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