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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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  • I will never visit istanbul anymore, so mych crowded, the prices are so mych high, the city is so much dirty, taxi drivers take money how much they want 
    I will never visit istanbul anymore, so mych crowded, the prices are so mych high, the city is so much dirty, taxi drivers take money how much they want  more »
  • Very big district in Eminonu. You can always shop for spices and jewelery. Great spot must visit when you come to Istanbul 
    Very big district in Eminonu. You can always shop for spices and jewelery. Great spot must visit when you come to Istanbul  more »
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  • It's a fantastic place. You can come here for the history and culture of the place as well as to get some goods or souvenirs at good bargain prices. The place has around 4000 shops, and is located over a large area. From my experience, shops that are near the entrance or on the immediate outside, were selling at cheaper rates than the ones deeper inside the bazaar. Always remember, unless the shop strictly says fixed price, there is always room for bargaining. Items such as shoes, leather items, carpets and lighting are usually more bargain heavy, items such as Turkish delights and spices are more of fixed pricing, but some shops allow you to haggle.
  • One of most famous visited places in Istanbul. Yet consider one of the best place to experience locals. This is consider tourist bazaar and one of the tourism places yet full of locals too. With 4000 shops here... You will absolutely can waste your time for more than 3 hours to explore at almost everything. From spices to jewellery, fabrics, souvenirs, restaurants and home decorations all are here. Easy excess by public transportation. Know which gate you are going in from as it could be a bit confusing. Money changer and machine at convenient both outside and inside this place. Most of the shops offered same products but different quality and prices. Try your best bargain technique here to get the best. As this is tourist place and with too many people do extra care of your belonging.

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