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Grand Bazaar

Historic Site and Shopping Mall
Beyazit, Fatih
  • manu p.
    "Great for lamps, water pipes, souvenirs and pretty much everything!"(16 Tips)
    Yadviga Y.
    "little local cafés and haggling for the best price."(16 Tips)
    TC Celal E.
    "You will see exquisite jewelry; gold, diamond, and silver pieces.."(12 Tips)
    Lubna J.
    "I loved the apple tea served for FREE !"(3 Tips)
362 Tips and reviews
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    Otel.comJanuary 9, 2014
    There are more than a thousand shops in almost 60 streets in this market. It is laid on about 31,000 square meters. You will definitely find the most beautiful gifts here before leaving.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureNovember 14, 2014
    Hand-painted ceramics, lanterns, intricately patterned carpets, copperware, gold Byzantine-style jewelry, and more products vie for your attention within this 15th-century bazaar’s vaulted walkways. Read more
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    Your Perfect Day is now nearing its end, and the Grand Bazaar is a thrilling afternoon treat. The oldest of its kind, it features all sorts of small shops, notably nargilehs, jewellery or carpets. Read more
  • Terror R.
    Terror RiskOctober 15, 2014
    Huge bazaar with various items from shoes, bags, scarfs, t-shirts, gold rings & bracelets. I noticed some stalls haggle you to shop from them while others let you browse until being approached.👍👎
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Rodolfo G.
    Rodolfo GabrielOctober 9, 2016
    Get lost, enjoy the culture and grab a taste of it. The grand bazaar is part of Istanbul and also part of each visitor like the heart that needs blood to keep pumping. Bargain for that price ;)
  • manu p.
    manu prasadJune 7, 2015
    Like kids in a toy shop. There's so much to buy, but make sure you keep on bargaining. Start at 30% of what is said. Great for lamps, water pipes, souvenirs and pretty much everything!
    Upvoted Nov 17, 2017
    DHR.comFebruary 9, 2012
    Also known as the Grand Bazaar, this covered market is one of the largest and oldest in the world. You will not run out of shops to choose from here, so if you want to do serious shopping, go here.
  • Alia A.
    Alia AlsharifMay 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the oldest and biggest pazar in Istanbul huge and you can bargain as well. If you plan to buy things make sure to get shipping company cheaper than buying extra baggage kg
  • Thanos A.
    Aged since 1461 this is the right place to make your bazaar for sth you want to buy. One of the biggest covered markets in the world, a must see place for everyone in Istanbul.
  • Tania M.
    Tania MartinezOctober 20, 2015
    People told me I shouldn't buy anything here because it would be more expensive than any other place...Not true! This is the best place to buy souvenirs, best prices. And beautiful ceiling decorations
    Upvoted Oct 28, 2017
  • Asa B.
    Asa BaumMarch 28, 2016
    The biggest closed market in the world! It's packed full of everything under the sun. The traders can be a bit pushy but just make sure you barter hard with them. Great for watches, handbags & spices
  • Lubna J.
    Lubna JNovember 29, 2015
    Amazing place, very traditional. A bunch of flirts around, all the shopkeepers actually are very flirty ! A bit annoying for girls traveling alone. I loved the apple tea served for FREE ! Yum yum *
    Otel.comSeptember 22, 2011
    One of the best places to shop in Istanbul. From jewelry to carpets, from ceramics to spices, this covered market has it all. Practice your haggling skills, and prepare to bargain for hours here.
  • Bonítaxon
    BonítaxonNovember 30, 2012
    A must visit place. There are thousands stores inside the 'dome' but the real eastern bazaar starts outside of it. Lots of streets packed w/ shops where u can find anything u want. Beware of thieves.
  • Terror R.
    Terror RiskOctober 15, 2014
    The prices here are much higher than stalls operating outside the Grand Bazaar. You need to negotiate for 40% from offered price. Great visiting with lots of choices. Leather goods are in abundance
  • M A.
    M ALDossary ♏January 14, 2015
    A must Visit in Istanbul. shopping for almost everything starting from Turkish sweets and ending with Silver. Highly recommended 👍
  • Asif K.
    Asif KMarch 27, 2013
    From Entrance 1, take your first right is an amazing calligrapher called Adnan. His work is priceless, but you can get your name written in fantastic calligraphy for about 10 liras.
  • Turkey Tourism
    Turkey TourismMay 27, 2013
    Istanbul has been at the center of trade between Europe and Asia for thousands of years and it is no surprise that the thrill of buying and selling still attracts thousands of people to the city. Read more
  • Turkey Travel Centre
    Turkey Travel CentreFebruary 23, 2014
    One of the oldest shopping places in the world.Attend with a guide for the first time who can give background history on the Ottoman building and then after, shop until your heart is content!
  • Ayse M.
    Ayse MunirMay 29, 2015
    You can find everything there!From jewelry to leader goods, carpets to silver goods and much more.Kapalicarsi means Covered Bazaar to be exact and this place has 60 streets & 5000 shops!! Must see!
  • Madina S.
    Madina SuleimenovaJanuary 8, 2015
    Expensive tourist attraction for buying souvenirs, but still you can bargain. So, just try :3! Still beautiful place to visit, to see and to get to know the history of local crafts works
  • Ece S.
    Ece S.February 24, 2015
    You should definitely take a look at Nick's Caligraphy Store. He is an amazing artist. The store is located in the old bazaar.
  • M. B.
    M. B.October 17, 2015
    Always good to roam here when you have the time. Big place and a lot to see. Make sure you understand the value of items before buying and always bargain
  • Xenia T.
    Xenia TemchenkoSeptember 17, 2016
    A very special atmosphere which reminds of Bourne films) Everyone is nice and helpful. But I wouldn't suggest buying baklava here as it's next to spices and it affects the flavour.
  • Şerif Yenen
    Şerif YenenFebruary 10, 2012
    With more than 4000 shops, the Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and greatest bazaars in the World? Go to the Cevahir Bedesten; a big variety of merchandise, especially silver jewelry is sold there.
  • Abdulrahman A.
    Abdulrahman AlmutairiNovember 21, 2014
    Art Turkish display, A good place to see the crafts and art of Turkey, the lampshades, pottery, gold jewellery. However, buying I would not recommend.
  • Réka Manon
    Réka ManonJune 15, 2015
    Unique! Some of the vendors invite for a cay and to have q seat after buying something great (eg. carpets)
  • IzApps
    IzAppsOctober 5, 2012
    Kapalıçarşı is a unique experience, isn’t it? If you look for another unique experience in İstanbul, we invite you to Chora Museum to see uniqe Byzantine frescoes.
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherFebruary 24, 2015
    Overwhelming! You can simply get lost in this commercial maze!Something for everyone! Bargain. For big ticket items, it's best to go with someone on the know.
  • Yadviga Y.
    Yadviga YuslegkoMay 7, 2016
    Carpets, Turkish delights, spice, little local cafés and haggling for the best price.
  • Güven T.
    Güven TokdemirOctober 22, 2014
    If you are looking for a certain thing, ask different shops for prices. It may vary much more than you can imagine. And also shops outside of bazaar are cheaper in general.
  • Anna T.
    Anna TrifonidouOctober 12, 2014
    A closed market with 300 stores. Here you can find anything you want but don't forget to bargain! You can drop prices up to 60%. A must see!
  • Erin S.
    Erin SemirJuly 9, 2012
    For the best restaurants try "Havuzlu", " Subaşı" (both exp) best local kebap "Dogan" and "Gel-gor" ( fair and yammy) best Doner Gul-ebru bouffet" and " Çardak Bouffet"
  • Rashad
    RashadMarch 22, 2017
    Great place to walk around..if you are looking for spices this is the right spot to find your masterpieces 😁
  • Abdullah A.
    Abdullah AYTEKINAugust 25, 2015
    Even just see the first covered and Mall examples of World you should visit. For shopping if you feel price and quality is good for you means you are at the right place.
  • Avi
    AviMarch 17, 2014
    You can get lost in the 75 streets crisscrossing each other. Just remember there are 4500+ shops, so its good to keep a landmark and start from there.
  • Kati A.
    Kati AmbrózyDecember 29, 2011
    If you wanna buy carpet, go to Kaya Halicilik (Kapalicarsi Takkeciler No. 21-23). Kind, helpful salesman with good English who tells stories and everything you need to know about carpets.
  • Joanna S.
    Joanna SableJune 12, 2015
    Plan to spend a day at the Grand Bazaar, spice market, mosque and fish restaurants at the wharf
  • Kristof V.
    Kristof Van GenegenApril 8, 2016
    don't forget to bargain a good price ! Try to end your bargaining at least 30% down, so start with 50% down.. stay focused, it really works
  • Anna Z.
    Anna ZhdanovaApril 4, 2015
    Must see when in Istanbul. Great experience, get prepared for bargaining:) and enjoy it! You could get lots of souvenirs here
  • istanbul
    istanbulJanuary 27, 2011
    Any shopping lover will appreciate bargaining at the Grand Bazaar. With over 5,000 vendors, this shopping extravaganza is a great way to shop for Turkish treasures
  • Kaan K.
    Kaan KarakuşDecember 30, 2012
    @istanbul Ocak 27, 2011Any shopping lover will appreciate bargaining at the Grand Bazaar. With over 5,000 vendors, this shopping extravaganza is a great way to shop for Turkish treasures
  • Jose R.
    Jose RiosApril 26, 2014
    Come in for a stroll even if you don't shop. The people are great and will offer you tea. Take it and for feel obligated.
  • Vlad C.
    Vlad CDecember 4, 2017
    Classic tourist trap :). Prices are 3 times higher than at a supermarket. Worth a visit to see what it’s all about, but do your shopping somewhere else.
  • Nicolay O.
    Nicolay OfnerApril 27, 2014
    one of the largest indoor marketplaces in the world;a quarter-million visitors a day;dates back to 1461;Skyfall;start at 30% of the asking price and work your way up to 50%
  • Raseel A.
    Raseel AlHammadAugust 13, 2015
    It's really crowded, avoid everything but the jewelry section and the dried fruits shops ❤️. Never ever go with any man if he asked you to go to see his stuff just Hold your bag and walk 🙌🏼
  • Waleed A.
    Waleed Al-jehaniJuly 21, 2016
    If u want to bargin with the shops just shoot for half of the price. . If ut cost 100 say 50 and go down more .. ull have it. . The tip dosnt include food 😉 or spices or sweets lol
  • Marie Ö.
    Marie ÖzelApril 30, 2017
    I love to haggle for a price I learned this many years ago in Mexico so I found it very exciting to bargain, I cannot wait to go back again
  • Ahmad A.
    Ahmad AlfilimbanyJuly 21, 2015
    Huge market with many different aware of scammers they tend to raise up the prices for tourists..
  • Mari
    MariDecember 17, 2015
    Great place for finding local things to buy: carpets, lamps, leather, decorations, ceramics... You need to be willing to bargain.
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