""THE" Grand Bazaar" Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi Tip by Martin_S.
Grand Bazaar - Kapali Çarsi, Istanbul: 113 reviews and 195 photos
Here in Israel we also have the tradition of having shopping areas, covered or not, from ancient times. Here in Istanbul, they have taken the "ART" of shopping in a Bazaar to a new level. First of all the sheer size of the Grand Bazaar, it is one of, if not the, largest in the world and it is all under roof. You should try and pick up the map which I have posted here in the Transportation section since it is easy for the directionally challanged to get lost here. Shops, shops, shops, that is what the Bazaar is all about and it is divided into areas of expertise to make it easier for you. You can find the gold row as well as leather. If you arrive there early and are the first customer, there is a custom called "siftach", which translates loosely into "the first opening deal"...often at 40-50% of their asking price. But do beware in your bargaining, be knowledable in the going prices for things you are searching for, if not you may find yourself paying double or more. It is fun just to wander and see where you end up, do sit down and enjoy a snack or cup of tea and just watch the tourists run by.
One of the photos shows a "waterfall". One day while visiting the Bazaar, a sudden cloud burst caused flooding and this small side entrance literally turned into a waterfall.
Address: 34200 Beyazit Square, Istanbul,Turkey
Directions: On the tram, get off at the Beyazit stop and ask for the entrance as you can see from the last photo in this set that the entrance is NOT obvious.
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