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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi)
Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi)

Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi)

Kalpakçılar Caddesi, Istanbul, 34357

The Basics

Built in the 15th century during the Ottoman era, the market remains an active and lively center of commerce—and today, tourism—in Istanbul. Explore the best stalls on a guided shopping tour; many Istanbul sightseeing tours combine the Grand Bazaar with the Spice Bazaar or with other sights in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum (Aya Sofya), and the Basilica Cistern.

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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
$38.00 per adult
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Great experience!
Great experience for our first full day in Istanbul. Our guide Chana made it one of the best parts of our trip. We ended up walking most of it since it was all so close in proximity. You could do this all on your own but the background and history would be missed.
Anonymous, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

star-5
Good Visit
Faty_B, Jun 2021
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
I want to thank Jasmine, best guide ever. The visit was very interesting, and the explanations of the guide really clear.
star-5
Informative
Saalihah_H, May 2021
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Everything was so beautiful, the mosques, the hippodrome even the grand bazaar had some nice stores but the workers do haggle you a lot which is expected. The tour guide that we had explained everything to our group and he really knew what he was talking about, he had a lot of interesting facts and information. I won’t forget this experience
star-5
beautiful
Elizabeth_R, Nov 2020
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
absolutely amazing, guide was exceptional. wonderful day. we decided to forego the return taxi and ate lunch and walked around the nearby city.
star-5
I highly recommend this tour
wijesundararuvini, May 2019
Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque and Sultanahmet
I was lucky to have Beyza as my tour guide. she was wonderful and showed me around the old city. Bezya was knowledgeable and gave me a historical overview of the place. she was patient and gave me time to explore/ ask questions etc. I highly recommend this tour.
star-4
The guide was very knowledgeable in...
Elena O, Jul 2017
Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar
The guide was very knowledgeable in history of the sites and provided time for pictures. FYI - there is an option on this tour to see Turkish carpet manufacturing. Please note that there is not much direction inside the Grand Bazaar - the guide simply drops the group at one of the 20 gates and you are on your own in that maze of 4500 shops. Watch out for your belongings.
star-5
It was a good tour the guide was...
AMAL ASHOK G, Feb 2018
Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar
It was a good tour the guide was informative. The historical references and the magnificent architecture at Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern leaves you spellbound. Good to book with a definite skip-the-lines experience. Long queues mostly at these popular monuments. Sadly, Grand Bazaar was closed being Sunday, however, the guide took us to the spice bazaar, more commonly called an Egyptian Bazaar.
star-5
Perfect tour for someone who had...
Mr W G M, May 2017
Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque and Sultanahmet
Perfect tour for someone who had arrived three hours earlier after a sleepless overnight flight from Durban. Only two of us on tour along with our guide Ekrem. Leisurely and informative tour. Ekrem was relaxed and friendly. Off beaten track tea shop with panoramic view. Wow. Recommend.
star-4
Good tour except grand bazaar...
Sally M M, Sep 2016
Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar
Good tour except grand bazaar closed. Cut short due to potential issues in front of our hotel. Would do again
star-5
Hagia Sofia/ Old town Istanbul
Leo, Nov 2020
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Excellent tour and lots of information. We did the 4 hour tour and it was exactly what we wanted. Highly recommend. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and kept a great pace. After the tour was over we were able to explore on our own having learned so much about the area.
star-4
Guide gave us good tour and suggested...
MICHAEL M, Aug 2015
Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar
Guide gave us good tour and suggested lunch place was perfect
star-5
Highly Recommended
Ejiro, Sep 2020
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Brilliant tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Selcuk, our guide was able to delve into the history and context of these beautiful monuments. We had plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere.
star-5
Fantastic Selçuk
Sebastian_V, Jul 2020
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Wonderful entertaining tour guide Gave us all the information but with humour. Very knowledgeable Definitely recommend Selçuk and hope to use again on next visit

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Grand Bazaar is a must-visit for history buffs, carpet enthusiasts, and shopaholics.

  • Don’t be afraid to haggle; it’s expected.

  • Wear comfortable shoes—you will be on your feet as you explore the vast market.

  • Be prepared to take your time. The Grand Bazaar is large and it’s easy to get lost.

  • The bazaar is accessible to wheelchair users, though there is a 4-inch (10-centimeter) drop at most entrances and some lanes are quite narrow.

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How to Get There

The Grand Bazaar, a 20-minute walk from Sultanahmet Square, has many different entrances. One main entrance is a short walk from the Beyazit tram stop; another is behind the Spice Bazaar, not far from the Eminonu tram stop. Taxis are a convenient option.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

The market is typically open from the mid-morning until the early evening, Monday–Saturday. Beat the crowds—and possibly strike better deals—in the morning or close to closing time. The Grand Bazaar is generally closed on Turkish and religious holidays.

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Buying a Carpet in the Grand Bazaar

Many Istanbul visitors aim to pick up a Turkish carpet. The buying process in the Grand Bazaar involves haggling over a price while sipping Turkish tea. Take your time to speak with the seller and have a sense of what you’re looking for in a carpet. Don’t be afraid to walk away from the sale, as the carpet seller will often lower the price to keep you in the shop.

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Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi)