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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi)

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Grand Bazaar
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Address: Beyazit Gate, Istanbul, Turkey
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in...

Bargaining for goods is standard practice at the largest covered market in Turkey, rumored to contain over 4,000 shops.

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Grand Bazar is a nice to visit , drink a coffee or a Turkish tea in one of the coffee shops. If you need to buy anything you have to do a real bargaining and that is why I don't... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Very interesting place to go Lots of stores, but one store in particular not to miss is Nick Merderyan store It s a unique store in the World where u can buy plant leaf with holy verses from the Bible or from coran or jewish verses Hand written with gold

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This market looks so colourful and beautiful . Its very attractive and gas so many small shops . A must visit place

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Go to the Grand Bazaar only to have a quick look at the building and only if grandeur impresses you. Similar products minus vendor nuisance are on wide display all around the tourist neighborhoods in town. Istanbul offers many more worthy attractions, make good use of your time visiting them.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Grand Bazar is a nice to visit , drink a coffee or a Turkish tea in one of the coffee shops. If you need to buy anything you have to do a real bargaining and that is why I don't like to buy from this place. Once you are done you can walk your way to Misr Bazaar which is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great bazar that has everything since candys chocolates nuts everything the Turkish sweets 😍😍😍😍😍from soap and everything people very friendly I for sure they are gonna make you buy something very persistent hahahaha

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Hi guys This time grand bazar review this bazar is very popular from the ancient times and still too much crowded both with the liabilities and with the customers countless items over here you can't leave most of the thing not to buy so take a healthy bag along with yourself...!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Here you can find all local turkish goods like small handmade carpets, scarfs, handmade bags, souvenirs, spices...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has some amazing stuff. Do bear in mind every price quoted can come down by over 50% if you keep on it. I'm a pro bargainer, so I was shocked at how high their starting point always was. Do your research at several shops before you settle.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Start bargaining by naming a third of the price they quote. On the other hand, being cheated on the Grand Bazaar is practically a local highlight...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Over all great! The stall holders are persistent and try to lure you in to buy something. Know what you want before you go as you can end up feeling pressured to buy.

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Grand Bazaar
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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