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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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  • Another bazaar,nothing different,the same as all the others.The salesmen are not polite at all. The prices are not very low,the shops are all the same and they sell the same stuff. Jewelry...  more »
  • What an awesome BAZAAR! The largest indoor bazaar in the world? Perhaps. Lots of choices - souvenirs, local produce and foods. But I am concerned about the old walkways, walls and ceilings. This huge....  more »
  • The Kapali Carsi is a gicantic mall with no interesting point about it. The walls are crumbled and are ready to fall when you see them. In addition, they are many people. On the other side, it is...  more »
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  • Its good place to have short visit and see how big is this bazaar and to see their traditional products. But I actually wasted my time going there, the place is huge and you have to walk too much to get what you want. The prices are much higher than other markets. Even near sultan Ahmed Area you can find cheaper. If you want Turkish sweets and souvenirs I recommend you to go to Egyptian Bazaar
  • U can get all kind of souvenirs.. including lamps, carpets, keychains, fridge magnets, Turkish delight and many more..reasonable prices.. sometimes u can bargain the price.. awesome and friendly seller.. I had so much fun shopping here.. Highly recommend for those shopping lovers...
  • Grand Bazaar is good, but not great... Prices are reasonable, not low... Multiple Turkish Delight (sweets) shops - must take home these local sweets - tend to be bit chewy though... look around for better deal, say TL 140 per kg for dry fruit Turkish Delight. Souvenirs are also available at reasonable prices
  • An amazing place with loads of small boutiques housing pretty much everything you could want. But be warned prices are HIGHLY inflated. You can easily get a 40-50% or even more discount on prices being quoted!! So bring you bargaining A game. But sometimes similar stuff are much cheaper outside so pick your battles.
  • The grand bazaar certainly lives up to its name, it is GRAND and big!! There are hundreds of shops selling lights, handbags, carpets, leather goods, spices and ceramics. Although I heard before the time that the vendors like to haggle, that was not my experience at all. They stick to their prices. The goods range from ridiculously expensive, to affordable. Know what you want and how much you are willing to pay. The restaurants are not expensive, and it is worthwhile to have dome apple tea while there. If you are happy with loads of people, hussle and bustle, this is the right experience for you.
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