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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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  • This historical bazaar is so huge that many tourists tend to lose their way! ( I was one of them. ) The better way when you get lost is just to find the bigger and strait street and not to turn or cha...  more »
  • Best place to be multiple times while in Istanbul,be it shopping for turkish handicraft silver gold jewellery . It takes you back centuries.  more »
  • A bunch of people, some trinkets, obsessive sellers who snatch like hungry buyers. We walked on one row and quickly went out
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  • The grand bazaar was exactly what you want out of a city block sized market. The local vendors pitch their sales, but are not as aggressive as other countries I’ve been to. This was a great chance to get immersed in the bustling Istanbul city. Also, having lived in parts of the Middle East for two years, I didn’t expect to see so many new and interesting things. Ended up spending a bit of money on rugs, pillows made from old rugs, Uzbekistani products, etc. it was fabulous.
  • It's one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops and often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world. Remember to always bargain and ask for a better price, as the sellers always go high on the prices. It's easy to get lost inside as there aren't clear directing signals. The construction started in 1455, shortly after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople and was part of a broader initiative to stimulate economic prosperity in Istanbul.
  • Be equipped with patience and energy but defo visit the Grand Bazaar if in Istanbul! Give it a good portion of your day and make sure to negotiate a bargain! That's good fun! Oh, be prepared for some hard selling that takes some decent ignoring skills! Don't bother replying to every guy who says hello - go where you want and go to many shops before you choose who to buy from. There's always a better deal!
  • The Grand Bazaar is enormous and much larger than you can imagine, although it is basically a grid with gates into and out of it. The tram line stops right outside the Grand Bazaar otherwise it's about a 15-20 walk from the Blue Mosque. Inside there seem to be every kind of shop imaginable although carpets, pottery, clothes, leather bags and shoes predominate. There are quite a number of small cafes within the bazaar but I don't think any serve alcohol. The prices of the carpets and leather jackets seemed high but silk scarves and pottery seemed good buys.
  • It can improve a lot. The good part: huge place, lots of stuff and you can find good quality too. The negative part: security controls at each gate are just a show, need to apply no smoking rules as the ventilation isn't exellent Some suggestion: trade is a game here don't be in rush when you go for shopping, enjoy the way it is. Would like to put more stars, need to make it more 'breathable' .
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