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Grand Bazaar

93
TripExpert Score based on reviews in 6 publications
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Outstanding

say expert reviewers

Top 1% in Istanbul About the TripExpert Score

6 expert recommendations

55

Afar Magazine

Soon after conquering Constantinople and defeating the Byzantines in 1453, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II commissioned the beginnings of the Grand Bazaar to reinvigorate trade to the city. Full review →

6

Fodor's Tick Choice

Take a deep breath and plunge into this maze of 65 winding, covered streets crammed with 4,000 tiny shops, cafés, restaurants, mosques, and courtyards. Full review →

1

Frommer's 34

The mother of all tourist traps, the Grand or Covered Bazaar is a vivid illustration of all that's gone wrong with the free market. Full review →

2

Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

This labyrinthine and chaotic bazaar is the heart of the Old City and has been so for centuries. No visit to İstanbul would be complete without a stop here. Full review →

11

Michelin Guide 53

The city's covered Grand Bazaar is an extraordinary world all of its own. Full review →

Conducting a purchase is a ceremony that involves some long and hard bargaining.
12

Travel + Leisure

This massive, dazzling, and cacophonous covered market is the ur-bazaar of the Orient; if you’ve envisioned what it will be like, prepare to have your expectations exceeded. Full review →

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