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Kapali Carsi, Istanbul

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Wander the multitude of shops, feast your eyes on the colorful array of offerings, and haggle for traditional Turkish goods at Kapali Carsi, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. This bazaar, home to over 4,000 artisan shops, is essentially a maze of sheltered streets featuring Turkish carpets, ceramics, lamps, scarves, jewelry, and more. Located in the "Walled City," the site dates back to the 15th century. Today crowds from cruise ships swarm the bazaar in the summertime and visitors to the city spend hours bargaining with merchants. Enjoy the enthusiastic vendors, who will typically offer you Turkish coffee or tea while you peruse their goods. Plan your Kapali Carsi visit and explore what else you can see and do in Istanbul using our Istanbul online day trip planner.
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  • The grand Bazaar is very big I was lost in there but is was fantastik there are many shops and price is good 
    The grand Bazaar is very big I was lost in there but is was fantastik there are many shops and price is good  more »
  • Wonderful place with dozens of shops, and very crowded. There are beautiful things to buy, yes, but all those people can make you feel tired. 
    Wonderful place with dozens of shops, and very crowded. There are beautiful things to buy, yes, but all those people can make you feel tired.  more »
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  • It is usually crowded and lively here and bargaining is a must. Look for narrow corridors and stairs to get to more secluded places to experience genuine locations and views of the rooftops. There are some places with really good Turkish food. See my photos for places I like!
  • This place is great to buy souvenirs but be mindful of how crowded it may be. So many stores offer the same and you'll have to show off your best negotiation skills to get the best deals. I recommend looking for the same product on different stores and comparing prices. Some of the salespeople are very polite and relaxed but some others will jump over you if they see you pointing towards some item with your finger. The main aisle (date of review: March 2022) was under reparation and made it a little less comfortable to walk around. Buy souvenirs here, but watch out with the carpets, they don't necessarily offer the best prices in Istambul.

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