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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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  • Grand bazaar with spices, leather, lighting and especially Turkish Delight. Intrusive providers. Though attractive appearance
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  • Very good choice, lots of stuff to buy, will surely go with many things. Sellers very polite, most us offered us tea-Kafe.
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  • Big Bazaar, and full of variety, from spices, sweets typical of Turkey, tea, gold, silver jewelry, designer clothes. Attention to the quality of the products. Despite all the stores sell the same thing, the price varies from one to another and be careful not to take something already used (bought a cup of tea, whose metal plate was burned cigarette butts and time to not notice). It is worth devoting some 5 hours to really get to know the Bazaar. It is common for the seller insist on the sale of the product.
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  • It takes you exactly 500 years back!! A cluster of around 4000 shops!! The vendors try to persuade you buying stuffs that are purely Turkish. You get to see the aggressive vendors desperately try winning your heart. You will have to try your negotiating skills.Try to enjoy the historical market rather than indulging in buying stuff. The place is lively and the chances are less that you are going back empty hand!! Also it’s one of the oldest existing market in the world!!
  • Practically a maze, you better keep yourself oriented as it is easy to get lost. It's amazing to see such a large bazaar still operational and you will love the vibe. Only issue is that it felt more touristic then authentic. Regardless it's a must visit and of you are going to buy anything you must learn how to haggle.
  • I feel two stars is an appropriate rating for the grand bazaar because it is historically significant and is worth seeing. However aside from that its one star. The prices assume you will negotiate so you don't really know what a fair price is. I have been a professional negotiator for almost 30 years so it's not that I don't know how, but knowledge is a critical component to negotiating and as a buyer if you don't really know the relative quality of what you're buying you don't have a basis to negotiate from. Also, you are solicited by sellers every 25 to 50 feet that you walk. That adds up quickly.
  • The bazaar is indeed grand. The sheer size of it is overwhelming. Take note, though, that 80% of the shops sell the same things: teas, delights, scarfs, Turkish memorabilia.. It's the other 20% that make this place interesting. You will need to to travel the many side streets within the bazaar to locate these gems. The shop owners are also amazing salesmen (yes, it is all men). They will do everything to close the sale. Also note that the original price quoted for anything is most likely 3-4 times higher than the actual price. Bargain hard.
  • About 4000 shops.Items sold largely are ceramics crockery n flower vase, spices and Turkish delight, carpets, various lamp shades. Almost 300-350 shops will be for these items. Rest dressing material jewellery and small momentos. Don't expect anything more. Old structure but historic. Enjoy the mood of a big market with less variety
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