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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.

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank santiago201011
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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.

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank junior1907
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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!)

Date of experience: July 2014
3  Thank Fusun777
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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.

Date of experience: April 2014
1  Thank Eddy041
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

I came to the Book Fair to specifically go to Mehmet's Orient Shop. He sells mostly miniatures, paintings painted on original hand written pages (or copies of hand written pages) from old texts. The fair is small and not very crowded. I had to ask my tour guide how to get there. It's right behind the Beyazit Mosque and the University is in front of it.

I liked Mehmet. I spent more time than I'd like to admit looking at the miniatures and he never disturbed me once. He answered all my questions. I asked which paintings were drawn on original hand written pages. He actually took a couple outside into the sunlight with his magnifying glass to check and concluded that most were actually photocopies. He seemed very knowledgeable and truthful and not just trying to sell me something. Also, he offered me raisins and nuts.

He was very lenient with how to pay. He offered payment in Euros, US Dollar, Turkish Lira or a combination of those.

He wrapped up the paintings I bought, kept them in their plastic sleeves and used cardboard on the front and back.

Date of experience: May 2014
5  Thank Leslie C
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