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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
$45.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing experience
Oguz was very informative and patient. Also, gave great ideas on photo options. Everything worked out perfectly we had time to stop for lunch. The mosque visit was beautiful. I recommend taking this tour with Oguz. I thank him for the great experience!
Pretty_F, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

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Being able to see all the...
Krystal_J, May 2022
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Being able to see all the historical monuments so closely together. Unfortunately the blue mosque was under construction. And bring your own scarf for hijab to cover your hair.
star-5
Get your money’s worth +
Luz_V, May 2022
Highlights of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar
Aron was great, very knowledgeable of city and history. Great way to start our trip, got oriented, got great pointers for visits to attractions, shopping and eating. Very much worth the money and time. Arol English is great!
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Our tour guide was very...
Claudia_M, May 2022
Highlights of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar
Our tour guide was very friendly and told us a lot about Istanbul and its neighbourhood. We can highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Great guide and tour!
Shawna_P, Dec 2021
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Our guide Selcuk was great! Very informative and entertaining! He provided historical and modern day context to each place we visited. I would highly recommend him again. Excellent English and answered every question we had (and there were a lot!). Thank you!!
star-5
Very interesting
Arooj_A, Nov 2021
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar
Our guide was Erol, he was really nice and very knowledgeable about the history of the city! You learn a lot during this tour.
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Erol was a wealth of information!
Karen_G, Oct 2021
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar
Erol was very knowledgeable about the historical facts of Turkey and it's sites, and spoke very fluent English. We highly recommend him! We had a wonderful time in Hagia Sophia, Spice Bazaar and Suleymanyie Mosque.
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Erol is a great guide and...
Stefani_N, Apr 2022
Highlights of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar
Erol is a great guide and the tour was very interesting and informative. Me and my friend really enjoyed it.
star-5
Great tour
Ciaran_O, Mar 2022
Highlights of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar
Erol was very friendly and knowledgeable. He met us as planned and for the following 3 hours gave us all information we needed on the many fantastic sites around the old city of Istanbul
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Best tour guide i’ve ever had
Maariyah_S, Nov 2021
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
Our tour guide was absolutely amazing, honestly thank you so much!!! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, very knowledgable and entertaining
star-5
This tour was perfect
Hernan_B, Oct 2021
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar
A unique experience knowing istambul with someone who knows it so much, English was perfect and we were able to know all the interesting facts about this beautiful city, thank you very much for everything!
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Istanbul guide I would recommend
Mark_H, Sep 2021
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Grand Bazaar
My guide was Erol Utgun and we met as was pre-arranged. I had a great half day learning about the places visited and unknown facts. Very knowledgable about all things Turkey so we had some very good conservations about thing in general. I would have no hestitation in recommending Erol.
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Great experience!
Jonathan_W, Sep 2021
Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
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.

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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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)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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