Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar
3.5
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With over 4,000 shops across 60 lanes, this famous bazaar is one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets in Istanbul. Here, you can find unique Turkish products and souvenirs like spices, ceramic plates, ornamental lamps, tapestries, and hammam soaps—venture off the main lanes to seek out better bargains. You can also get a cup of Turkish coffee or snacks from the cafes in the bazaar. It gets packed, especially during the summer months, so visit in the early morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds. You can drop by the bazaar on a city tour of Istanbul, which often stops here for a bit of souvenir shopping. – Tripadvisor
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Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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  • GRAHAM C
    Dunton Green, United Kingdom860 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience that touches all your senses. ITS A MUST WHILST IN ISTANBUL.
    First off, accept that you will get lost in the Bazaar( it has over 50 lanes ) but do not worry as every stallholder is your friend ( there are about 4000 of them ! ). Top tip - go to the tram station BEYASIT, it will drop you off at the entrance to the Bazaar, remember this stop and ask for directions if lost ). There are two entrances and more than likely you will enter by one and exit by the other. Now enjoy the Bazaar's colours, smells, noises and chatter. If you are looking for presents your choice is enormous. Look out for the tea in a glass on foot waiters. Jewellery, carpets, lamps, spices, sweets, food stuffs, cafes , gold, watches, souvenirs, cameras...you name it, it will be there....didn't see a car salesman though !!! You can spend a couple of hours in here just browsing. Enjoy. Istanbul without visiting the Grand Bazaar would be a loss.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Rob M
    Cheyenne, Wyoming7,610 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Endless
    The oldest in the world with what is said to be 4,000 stores. Luckily we had a guide because I'm sure we would have been lost with so many entry points. Prices seem high throughout. After about 30 mins, I personally was done; however, it was still a cool experience.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 April 2023
  • jacqui43
    Spalding, United Kingdom710 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a must
    We are used to the bartering culture in Turkey and found it fairly mild in here. The bizarre is a beautiful building with lots of side walks off the main walkway. We only bought one thing as we found it expensive, my husband is the one who like a good barter so I left it to him as I’m too British and reserved! Whilst in there the shopkeepers are very funny but can get a bit annoying after a while. It is a must on your visit to Istanbul.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • Fatima
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic
    Great place. Iconic 👍 love the place and been there before.it feels like you step back in time. So many shops offering different type of food and you are free to try them all.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Lori E
    Radium Hot Springs, Canada12 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not impressed
    I guess it would be an interesting place if it was your first time but I found it a bit overwhelming, crowded, expensive and so much of the same thing in the shops. There aren’t any deals to be made ( I don’t think). Haggling for a better price will get you about 10lira less (about .70 cents Canadian) on a $20-$30 purchase. Not really worth the time. Found way better deals in side markets and the spice bazaar alleys. Too bad but looks like I am not alone in my review. Reading back, it looks like many share the same opinion. Hopefully there’s change coming
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Rod L
    Torrington, Connecticut46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    April 2023 Tour of Turkey
    We enjoyed our tour of Turkey and covered a lot of ground in just 12 days with a great guide. We saw most of the key famous locations. Our tour firm was Exotica and recommend them to other travelers; great value.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 May 2023
  • shawntheshow
    Seattle, Washington19 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'd say just pass
    This is something you should probably see but unless you really want some plates or a lamp you shouldn't be there more than 20 mins. My wife loves to shop but the Bazaar is like a cut and paste 100's of times over. Everything is the same. It's historical value has merit but that's about where it ends.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Jaroslav Nečas
    Brno, Czech Republic1,415 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge market
    Huge market in the old town. There are many shops with clothes, watches, gifts, spice, andies and many more. Iam not fan of shopping so I just went by, but it could have a meaning for someone to spend some money there. Turkish are willing to negotiate the price.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Archie
    Glenmoore, Pennsylvania5,326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourist destination for shopping
    We absolutely enjoyed the experience. Its overwhelming, the people, smell of spices, curios, jewels, sweets. Every vendor wants you to enter their shop. They call out you, asking you to taste their sweet samples. If you don't want to go in smile and say no, move on. Don't feel pressured. Everything is quoted in dollars. it's very expensive. Try to bargain as much as possible. We loved the ceramics, jewelry, and sweet shops. Its a great experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Soumya Nayak
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates656 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good shopping experience
    The actual Grand Bazaar is the closed market. Prices of all products in these shops are very expensive. Fortunately, we visited another place in Istanbul before going to Grand Bazaar & encountered souvenir shops where same products were available for lesser price. So our visit to the Bazaar was limited to admiring the beauty & variety of things. There are huge number of shops outside the grand bazaar (an extension of the bazaar) & we found souvenirs for lesser prices in these shops. We walked so much that we ended up at the Egyptian bazaar which had a line of Turkish Delight (Lokum sweet) & dry fruits stores. The prices here are the best, so do not hesitate to buy them in bulk quantities. These sweets do not require refrigeration & stay fresh for upto 6 months, hence serve as good gifts for friends & family. We bought them from Sukru Efendi store which is a 100-year old store. They have boxes of various sizes & do air-tight packing good enough for flight travel. The bazaars are EXREMELY packed & you can easily walk 20000 steps, so would be best not to bring along kids & senior citizens if possible. The Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar & Egyptian Bazaar are located next to each other, you cannot demarcate where one stops & the other starts. So, keep walking & enjoy the shopping experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,685 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I guess for every first-time visitor to Istanbul, the Grand Bazaar is a ‘must’. It certainly was for me, but that was decades ago. I was totally mesmerised by the massive sensory overload - the sights, the sounds, the scents.

However, over the years, my subsequent visits to the Grand Bazaar - up to and including my present visit - have left me subject to the Law of Diminishing Returns. First visit: marvellous; second visit: very good; third visit: average, …

I’m now irritated by the ever-present annoying aggressive sales pitches from merchants that simply won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I notice the same old items from vendor to vendor. I notice a deafening background din. Where once these were part of the charm, they are now outright annoyances.

However, for first-time visitors, the place will undoubtedly be a ‘magical must’.
Written 3 March 2024
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Linda N
Saint John, Canada30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wow what an amazing site to visit. Market was busy but not crowded. Purchased earrings for my granddaughter in a jewellery store in the market. If you have a chance in your life to visit Istanbul then go to the market. I still think about it regularly and it just increases my wish to return.
Written 28 February 2024
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SabzG
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Real hustle and bustle atmosphere and wouldn't have it any different. Its got hundreds and hundreds of shops and so many variations of things. Love the experience. Even in summer or winter it's busy. Wear a good pair of shoes and take an extra bag for all the goodies you buy. Lots to eat and drink along the way
Written 26 February 2024
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CHARLES A
Kaiserslautern, Germany236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is a massive complex of "countless" shops. It can be supremely crowded at times but it is quite the experience to work through the crowds and shop. I was fully prepared for pickpockets but did not experience it.
Written 21 February 2024
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Bkat
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Great for the experience. The locals will say not to spend too much money there (it's an overpriced tourist trap they say) but you might find some good souvenirs. But for the history and experience I recommend going. Note that if you need to use the bathroom in the bazaar, you will need 3 lira to go through the turnstile to get in. (Or you can be like my sister and with the help of the bathroom attendant hop the barrier. I paid 10 lira and told the attendant to keep the rest.) Nice cafes are outside of the bazaar- with no "fee" per se. I went in Feb- so not too crowded. Please hide your valuables (maybe money under your shirt)- I am told pickpockets are here.
Written 20 February 2024
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Road64875081702
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Lots have changed after 5 years ago when I came here for the 1st time..
It looks more proper and boutique like most of the shops here... U must know how to bargain but yet, they sometimes adamant with their price.

Istanbul is now too expensive...
Written 16 February 2024
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Zach B
Istanbul, Türkiye3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Must Old Bazaar of world historical,
Good for shopping and visit.
Always busy but expensive.
Central location you Have to see if you are in Istanbul
Written 13 February 2024
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2058-KW
St. Albans, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Amazing place, I don’t know anything else like this. It’s a feast of colour. There are supposed to be around 4,000 shops which gives you an idea of the size. Lots of narrow streets and if you want to go back to a shop, make sure you ask for a business card otherwise you will find it hard to locate again. It’s covered, so a good venue if it’s raining. Bargains can be had if you are prepared to barter. Often no prices are showing so do prior research. I bought a bomber jacket from a really nice guy and his brother from Agni leather, gate 3 number 10 and am well pleased with it.
Written 12 February 2024
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ankit
49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Go for the feel of Istanbul and of course to buy local delicacies like spices, leather, jewels, ceramics, etc.! A worth visit; no entry fee.
Written 10 February 2024
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Elise
Wellingborough, UK43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It's a must to go to the bazaar apparently, maybe it's because we're not big shoppers, but we left feeling overwhelmed by it all. The sounds, the smells and the sights - all three senses were being bombarded all at once, it wasn't for us, but if shopping is your thing, then I'm sure it's a great place to go.
Written 30 January 2024
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