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    grand bazaar: Grand Bazaar

    by PierreZA Updated Nov 4, 2007

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    Grand Bazaar

    The Grand Bazaar is huge! Best not to plan, but just to get lost! Everybody will see you as a possible client -and it is very touristy.
    It does have a great atmosphere and is a must visit.
    I'm not too sure if you will get many bargains here.

    What to buy: Variety of crafts etc

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    grand bazaar: always something somewhere

    by vtveen Written Jan 1, 2005

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    Turkish lights

    There should be more than 4.000 shops in the Grand Bazaar, the biggest ‘souk’ in the world. But it is almost impossible to count and see them all.

    You will find different areas with different kinds of tradesmen.

    Somewhere in the Grand Bazaar you will always find something (and always have to bargain and to bargain again…).

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    Grand Bazaar: Bargain Hunters Dream Come True!

    by mtcowgirl Written Jul 5, 2007

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    You can't go to Istanbul and not visit the Grand Bazaar! The bazaar is closed on Sundays along with the Egyptian Spice Market.

    When I walked into the jewelry store where we purchased some items before, I was very surprised when they recognized me right away and called the salesperson who helped me previously! I was impressed because they see thousands of people each month. So, if you are looking for gold in the Grand Bazaar, go to Bircan Jewelry (#67). If you don't see what you want in the window, go inside and tell them what you are looking for, they can probably find it, just like they did with the beautiful ring I purchased from them.

    I also visited another clothing merchant where I purchased some clothing in April. I happened to be wearing one of the sweaters I purchased and they told us "hey, lady, if you want more sweaters like that, come inside." I told them that I had bought the sweater there before...and ended up going inside where I spent about $100 on D&G, Von Dutch, and DKNY shirts and sweaters. Of course, they were either imitation or excess production but I have to admit that most everything I've purchased at the markets in Turkey have been exceptional quality.

    What to buy: Gold & silver jewelry, pashimas, leather jackets, and faux designer jeans/shirts

    What to pay: Most things are up for negotiation so bargain and have fun!

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    grand bazaar: grand bazaar

    by luiggi Written Mar 26, 2005

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    Grand Bazaar

    The Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi in Turkish) is one of the the largest covered markets in the world with its 4400 shops, 3000 firms, some 17 hans (separate inns for specific type of products), 64 streets,25.000 employees, 4 fountains, 2 mosques and 22 gates. It's a real heaven for shoppers and a good opportunity for people to discover the Turkish hospitality. It looks like a labyrinth at first sight but it's actually not that complicated. All you have to do is to keep your eyes on the main street (Kalpakcilarbasi Street, the jewelry street). The Bazaar was first constructed in 1464 with the order of Mehmed II 'the Conqueror' and had many restorations over the years due to the extensive fires and destructive earthquakes. There are tens of cafés, a police station, little mosques, tourists information points in the bazaar.

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    Grand Bazaar: Historic Mall

    by solopes Updated Sep 7, 2012

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    A big maze, it's the ideal place for shopping in Istanbul. The shopping lovers have everything there, their companion may enjoy the site.

    Much more organized than the Islamic souks, the place keeps the oriental touch, and bargaining is the general sport.

    Don't miss it.

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    grand bazaar: Ethnic shopping in Istanbul

    by lucygwt Written Jan 31, 2007

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    Grand bazaar was established by Mehmet II around 1453, theres a lot of shops inside and an unique architectural, many enter gate but we cant loose the way because theres a lot of signposting.
    I entered throu Carsikapi gate in front of Beyazit tram stop, this side is the easy way from my hotel in Taksim area, or you can use a bus number 81 from Taksim .

    What to buy: We can buy a lot of unique and ethnic things ,like souvenirs (key chain, wallet, t-shirt ) , carpets, scarf and leather goods

    What to pay: Remember always to bargain...and use cash YLT ( new Turkish Lira ).

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    grand bazaar: Shopping in Grand Bazaar

    by Dirim Written Nov 27, 2006

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    I am sure that everybody knows about the Grand Bazaar, or to say it Kapalicarsi. During my last visits, I have recognized something bad. Grand Bazaar is fading. Instead of cloth shops, etc. the number of gastronomic shops are increasing because the shopkeepers cannot make money anymore. It is very rare to see somebody buying something.

    I have to say that if you want to buy something from Turkey, do not have doubt to think about Grand Bazaar. The prices are good there. But, do not forget to bargain. It isnot because the shopkeepers want to cheat you. But, it is because bargaining is like a ritual in traditional shopping centers like Grand Bazaar.

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    grand bazaar: there's so much more than only the grand bazaar !!

    by Tjello Written Apr 15, 2005

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    - The streets surrounding it are very well worth a closer look.

    The vendors are not half as obtrusive and there's less of us, tourists.... -

    What to buy: well, clothes of any kind, jewelry, CD's (turkish),
    (very) old posters, indeed carpets,

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    grand bazaar: "Hey, sir..."

    by bdwoot Written Jan 8, 2005

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    "Sir, your wife, she looks cold, she needs a new leather coat."

    "Sir, do you love your wife? If you do, buy her a new necklace right here."

    "Sir, do you have a minute?..."

    And on and on. Sales resistance is easy here, and you need it every minute in this place.

    What to buy: Cheap leather goods, incredible silversmiths, evil eyes of every size and description, Russian icons, tourist crap, and more stuff than I can recall.

    What to pay: The more willing you are to walk away, the cheaper it gets.

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    The Grand Bazaar

    by Nobbe Updated Jan 16, 2003

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    Entrance to the Grand Bazaar

    The Grand Bazaar is the largest market in Turkey and have more than 4000 shops.

    What to buy: Leather and gold use to be the main items to buy, but you will find almost everything at the bazaar.

    What to pay: Remember to bargain alot while buying something.

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    grand bazaar: Don't just shop, experience this bazaar!

    by vpas Written Dec 13, 2012

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    This is an old bazaar where local crafts, clothes, jewellery, fake brands, perfumes.... and so much more is sold. One needs to be an expert bargainer. It is best to go here only if you are confident about your bargaining skills, otherwise it is better to go to the Asian side and shop there. Better to avoid jewellery shopping here. Local crafts, bags and fake brands are good here.

    What to buy: Fake branded jeans, shirts, bags, shoes, Turkish ethnic items, imitation jewellery, table ware... so much more...

    What to pay: Bargain, bargain, bargain --- at least less than half of what they quote!!

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    Grand Bazaar.: Great bargains!

    by onlinerep Updated Jan 2, 2008

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    Entrance to the Grand Bazaar.
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    No trip to Istanbul is complete without visiting the Grand Bazaar, which boasts over 4000 shops. Here, you will find everything including souvenirs, gold, turkish rugs, fake designer goods and ceramics.

    Note: The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

    What to buy: Souvenirs.

    What to pay: Don't make the mistake of thinking that everything here is at its cheapest. Look around, compare prices and then haggle - lots!

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    grand bazaar --- Kapali Carsi: Not to be missed.

    by alectrevor Updated May 29, 2009

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    Indoors , several entrances, it is huge. There is a main "street" with lanes off it,must be "miles" of it. Sells everthing. Very crowded. If you are askiing locals directions to the Grand Bazaar try and say "Kapali Carsi". Not to be missed.

    What to buy: Has i cant carry much i bought loads of turkish delight.

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    grand bazaar: Grand Bazaar

    by Willettsworld Written Mar 1, 2010
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    The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 1,200 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewellery, pottery, spice, and carpet shops with many of the shops grouped by the type of goods they sell, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewellery and the like but it's still very easy to get lost despite there being signs. I found it to be a complete maze and a bit of a tourist trap where, in my view, most people of Istanbul wouldn't shop in.

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  • grand bazaar: Skip this place and go to the Spice Market.

    by bittermelon Updated May 7, 2011

    It has everything, well almost. But mostly very aggressive merchants, lots of tourists, and exorbitant prices. Go to take a look and walk around. Try to walk in the center of the pathways so you won't get tackled by merchants. Personally I much prefer the Spice Market.

    What to buy: Nothing.

    What to pay: Usually too much.

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