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“Modest But Satisfying”
Review of Sahaflar Carsisi

Sahaflar Carsisi
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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real...
Ranked #183 of 1,163 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: This historic book bazaar was popular with famous writers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, it is one of the most known areas in the city to find rare and used books.
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Located quite close to the Grand Bazaar you will find this lovely book bazaar. Although the majority of the books are in Turkish you can still find a small selection in various foreign languages. Vendors are generally congenial and helpful.

Some of the tiny shops have a selection of ancient prints. The sellers are not pushy and will happily permit you to peruse their selection. Unless you get totally immersed in some of the volumes you can likely survey the whole place in less than an hour. Early morning is best to avoid the crowds. Negotiating is likewise encouraged.

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Reviewed 11 April 2015

In a courtyard very close to Beyazit mosque and outside the Grand Bazaar you will find this little second hand book market. If you are interested in old books, maps and miniatures this is your place. In fact one of the best shops in town for miniatures is number 13, "Orient shop". The owner is an erudite that will help you chosing yours. Here you will find an special souvenir at a fair price. Some of the shops open even on sundays.

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Reviewed 29 March 2015

Sahaflar Çarşısı,the second hand Book Bazaar,is located in an ancient courtyard between the Beyazıt Mosque and one of Aentrance to the Covered Bazaar.This is said to be one of the oldest markets of Istanbul.İt is open everyday except Sunday,however,small shops are also open on Sundays.Nice spot to go around and see the old books if you are interested in.

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Reviewed 13 August 2014

If you are in Kapalicarsi (the Covered Bazar as the tourists calls it) don't miss the Sahaflar Carsisi, the Book Market, it is a short walk away from the Bazar, ask anyone to give you direction. Turkish people are most friendly. If you don't feel comfortable asking a passer by ask a Police Officer, they are all over the place. Do NOT say "Book Market" say or write on a piece of paper: "SAHAFLAR CARSISI".
It is open market compared to the covered Bazar and a trove of old maps, Sufi paintings, lovely cards, old books and old Turkish Calligraphies. I can spend hours there. Take your time, enter the small shops, once you show interests the shop keeper will share with you little treasures that he keeps hidden for real collectors. Don't forget to haggle, I usually start with half of what is asked and go up from there.
Also exit from the door leading you to the door of Istanbul University, which is beautiful. From there you can take the tram to wherever you are going OR take advantage that you are near by and visit Sulemaniye Mosque (see my review on it!)

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Despite visiting Istanbul a number of times over the years I only recently got around to visiting the Old Book Bazaar. Look for Gate 7 at the Grand Bazzar and just a few paces in you will see a number of book vendors that lead into a courtyard of sorts. I spent a very pleasant hour browsing the titles - from antique to modern - though found sellers more reluctant to haggle.

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