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Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

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Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 519 12 48
http://kapalicarsi.com.tr/tr/
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The Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5,000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It was first ... Read more
built during the 15th century, shortly after the Turkish conquest. It is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by type of goods, with special areas for leather, gold jewellery and the like. The core area, called the Cevahir Bedestan, showcases the most expensive antiques and jewelry.

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Anchorage

One of the largest covered markets in the world. Quite touristy today, but even if you don't want to buy anything it's at least worth it to have a look around.

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Tehran

There is not anything special. Just historical architecture and expensive prices.
I just had a good lunch in a restaurant in heart of bazaar

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Foster City

Your trip to Istanbul is not complete without a visit to the Grand Bazaar. I stayed close to the historical area of Istanbul near the Blue Mosque so the Grand Bazaar is just a 10 min walk away.

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Dubai

One of the most buzzing places in Istanbul.
Try out their sweets, take a stroll through its corners and buy a thing or two.

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Local from Istanbul

No trip to Istanbul would be complete without experiencing the ancient bustling marketplaces of the Grand Bazaar in the Old City. For more than five centuries, merchants and craftsmen have showcased their best fares here, in an enchanting labyrinth full of glittering sights and captivating smells. To be fair, prices here have been slightly increased due to the famous history of the place, so this might not be the best place to do your souvenir shopping. Regardless, it is an experience that shouldn’t be missed!

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San Jose

If you have the talent and/or patience for bargaining, you can find some pretty good deals here. (It's culturally expected, so bring your negotiating skills.) With thousands and thousands of shops (literally that many, no joke), you have countless options for jewelry, food, souvenirs, you name it. There's a whole wing dedicated to leather goods (in addition to the leather shops you'll see along the way), and it's definitely worth a look. Leather is, after all, one of the products that Turkey is known for.

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Colombo

Not what I expected. A tad overrated I felt. Lot less haggling than I thought and less cheap.

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You can get some good deals here, but you have to be prepared to bargain. It is best to have a list in mind of things that you want to get and how much you want to spend and stick to that. Be sure to take tea if it's offered to you, especially if you're buying something special like a carpet; it adds to the experience.

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San Marcos

This place is so huge that it is easy to be lost here for hours. Lots of interesting things for sale, and enjoyed looking at everything. The carpet salesmen want to take up a lot of your time though, so be careful.

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San Francisco

Everyone in the Grand Bazaar wants to sell you something whether it be a carpet or spices, so be prepared to haggle and/or repeatedly tell shop owners that you're just taking in the sites and smells. Truth be told, you'll find much better prices on saffron and carpets outside the market, but the Grand Bazaar is part of the Istanbul experience. As long as you go into the Grand Bazaar knowing that creative shop owners will try every which way to get your attention, you'll be fine. There are specific areas of the Grand Bazaar for antiques, jewelry, etc., so you can plot your trip to the Grand Bazaar according to the things that you're most intrigued by or you can just get lost in the Grand Bazaar's many nooks and alleyways. Haggling is part of the deal here and if you do decide to buy something, expect the "real" price to be a tenth of the price on the tag. If you walk away after shop owners reject your best offer, often times the owners will chase you down later on in the bazaar and decide to accept your offer, so don't be shy about sticking to your original offer.

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San Diego

This place is huge! After a while though, you see pretty much the same things over and over. You are expected to haggle the price down, but you need to know how much to start with in the first place. They start out with ridiculous prices, so you really need to have a plan.

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New Delhi

Yes it's a tourist trap. somewhere you could get gifts, but dont expect anything special. A lot of the items are overpriced and questionable. Many of the stall offer the same exact thing. Nothing really special

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Berlin

Not a fan at all. As two women by themselves, my friend and I found ourselves regularly harassed (and not in a funny, oh, it's their culture sort of way). We left one shop as the shop assistant started excessively touching us and then berated us for not being "friendly". After the 4th or 5th shop like this with overpriced products, we were done. Would not recommend for shopping at all. Walking through the crowds of people, sure it's pretty but can't imagine spending loads of time there.

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An ancient shopping place still maintaining its original identity... Alot of choices for antiques and authentic pieces...

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Jakarta

I had liked Grand Bazaar more when I visited It a few years back - I felt today the place is too commercial unfortunately. I had been warned that prices here were higher; bargain is a must.

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Bedford

What an incredible experience! This labyrinth of shops stretches impossibly far in every direction and offers all the souvenirs and trinkets you can imagine. Although it has become primarily a tourist hub, you can still find authentic shops on the back streets. Fun place to take in the sights and smells while honing your haggling skills!

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Pittsford

This was a really fun place to walk through and kind of get lost in. Their are a lot of stores here and a number sell the same things. Yes, they will stand outside and try to get your attention to see their wares because, of course they have the best things. They are not too pushy especially if you do not acknowledge them. Walk thorough and see if you can get through without buying something.

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Moss Beach

I suggest you start with a hotel in the Sultanahmet district near the Grand Bazaar. Get a good map of the old city, and a guidebook and just start walking. The bazaar is a city in itself. If you need a break, just circle back to your hotel for R&R.

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Bedford

You can buy anything and everything here...and if the merchants have their way you will! The experience of walking through this tighly packed market is more valuable than anything you could purchase within.

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Wasaga Beach

No trip to see Istanbul would be complete without a few must stops, and the Grand Bazaar is just one of those places that has to be experienced. Got the best tasting apple tea, my only regret is that we did not purchase a barrel full!

You will experience sensory overload. There is much to see, smell, taste, and touch, so much so it is overwhelming, but in the midst of all that...it is a truly awesome place.

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