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4 Tips for a Better Shopping Experience at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

4 Tips for a Better Shopping Experience at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

Visiting Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar can be an overwhelming experience, but with these four tips, you can enjoy your trip and leave with the purchases you want rather than the ones you simply have to have in order to prove you were there.

What To Expect
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world and offers some of the best prices on leather, jewelry, and Turkish carpets. The market is divided into four main sections: gold, silver, copper, and clothes. Here are four tips to help you find your way around this unique destination.

  • Don’t be afraid to barter. Be polite but firm when making your offer and expect that you may need to walk away if they don’t meet it.
  • Know what you’re looking for before you enter the bazaar so that you can keep an eye out for it as you wander around.
  • Take advantage of the public toilets inside the bazaars – they’re usually cleaner than those found outside!

Consider What You Really Need
The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. It’s a bustling maze of vaulted chambers, winding corridors, and alleyways packed with shops selling jewelry, clothing, leather goods, carpets, art and much more. Though most people associate this bazaar with shopping, it also features restaurants and cafés as well as a mosque. If you’re only going to be in Istanbul for just one day or two days then I recommend staying away from the bazaars unless you have plenty of time on your hands because there are so many other things to see and do here too! But if you really want to experience shopping in Turkey then the best way to go about it is by following these four tips below

Don’t Be Afraid to Bargain
Don’t be afraid to bargain. You’ll be surprised how much you can save by haggling the price down. The vendors are used to people trying to get a better price, so they won’t bat an eye when you try to negotiate. They’ll just give you their best offer and let you decide if it’s good enough or not.
The bazaar is not only filled with vendors but also with people who are here to buy and sell as well. This means that there will be other tourists like yourself, which makes bargaining even easier because the sellers know that they need to do it in order for foreigners to purchase from them too.

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Know Where to Shop

  • Begin by exploring the outside of the bazaar to get your bearings and scope out what type of goods are offered.
  • If you see a vendor that has something you want, but it doesn’t seem like they have much in stock, talk to them about their product and see if they can order more from their suppliers.
  • Be mindful of pickpockets. If someone starts bumping into you, be sure to check your pockets or purse before leaving the area.
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