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Grand Bazaar

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Topkapi Palace

Both Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace are recommended by experts. Overall, Topkapi Palace ranks significantly higher than Grand Bazaar. Topkapi Palace comes in at 97 with recommendations from 9 reviewers such as Michelin Guide, Travel + Leisure and Let's Go.

Both Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace are recommended by experts. Overall, Topkapi Palace ranks significantly higher than Grand Bazaar. Topkapi Palace comes in at 97 with recommendations from 9 reviewers such as Michelin Guide, Travel + Leisure and Let's Go.

tripexpert score
93
#5 in Istanbul
location

Grand Bazaar Istanbul Turkey

endorsements
  • 6 endorsements
  • 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 54

    The Grand Bazaar is a joyful, feverish universe that can overwhelm and unsettle with its thousands of shops and workshops, caravanserais, warehouses, restaurants, fountains, banks and mosque. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Istanbul

Babıhümayun Caddesi , Istanbul, Turkey

  • 8 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Topkapi Palace was where the Sultans lived for most of their 600 year rule over the Ottoman Empire Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Few other royal residences match this hilltop compound when it comes to mystery, intrigue, and the lavish intricacies of court life. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Topkapi Palace should be at the top of the list for anyone interested in the vast and exotic world behind the seraglio walls. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    This opulent palace complex is the subject of more colourful stories than most of the world's royal residences put together. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    In the harem of Topkapi Palace visitors are plunged into a mythical Orient of a thousand and one treasures and as many fantasies. Full Review →

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