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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 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 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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  • It is perfect place to have turkish sweeties and visit many people dressed traditional. I suggest this nice place to visit a traditonal bazar. This area is full of ex-changes offices.  more »
  • Because of my tourism career, I'm very close to the kitchen and new flavors are still the same as breathing for me. I can say that I am officially lost here. an extremely splendid bazaar. I can say...  more »
  • You can buy the best gifts from the bazar,at so much cheap prices plus the coffee and food are so worthy.Definetely is a must do in Istanbul  more »
  • Great place to spend time and buy souvenirs. one can find all kinds of Turkish cultural items ranging from spices, sweets to jewelry and furniture. Be ready to bargain as the prices are generally hiked up. The sellers are sweet and nice, at least they pretend for the business. The lamp stores are beautiful but are not allowed to take pictures, maybe due to the social media enthusiasts. Finally a nice place to spend a couple of hours and get cheap and good looking souvenirs.
  • What a beautiful place, you can literally spend weeks in this Bazaar and I don't think you will get enough of it. You can find anything I mean literally anything, you name it you will find it. There are bunch of places to rest as well, shop around and then have a beautiful Turkish coffee or tea and continue shopping. If you are visiting Istanbul you gotta see this place, otherwise you haven't seen Istanbul. Heaven.
  • The covered market is huge, you can spend a whole day here. Many interesting handcrafts and carpets. They are very good sellers, but my suggestion is to walk around a bit before buying something. You may find better offers elsewhere. Beware the market closes at 18 and that is closed on Sundays. Beware of your belongings while you look around - very easy to get distracted.
  • A great way to immerse yourself in the Turkish shopping experience. Hundreds of shops, hundreds of charming and persistent shopkeepers. Wonderful rugs, interesting antiques, myriads of jewellery shops and anything else that can be sold. Be prepared to be bombarded with attempts to get you to buy. Be willing to haggle fiercely. Keep a sense of humour. It's a lot of fun and very safe.
  • One of the best places to check out in Istanbul. With over 4000 shops, the Grand Bazaar is a place not to be missed. Here you’ll find all sort of items from spices to arrays of Turkish delights, beautiful lamps and bedazzled by the golds. But do remember to bargain before purchasing any products as the staff will over charged you!

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