Istanbul Grand Bazaar Excursion Reviews
Actually would have like more time in the bazaar.
The grand Bazaar is like a maze and you can easily get lost. Remember if you are not prepared to purchase anything don't ask how much it costs?
Loca smell of the traditional turkish market
The Grand Bazaar is a thriving complex, employing 26,000 people visited by between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily, has 60 streets and 5000 shops and one of the major landmarks of Istanbul. It has to compete with modern other shopping malls found in Istanbul.
Be prepared for street sellers standing outside the main gates. its a very busy place, lots of jewellery shops and food places to eat.
massive.. interesting to see if left to browse in peace with you are not.
Can't go to Istanbul without visiting. Really not enough time to fully explore (45 minutes) Thought it would be more like an outdoor market with stalls etc. More like an indoor shopping mall with stores. Allow at lease two hours or more to explore.
One of THE most full-on, mad, bustling, hustling, crazy, draining cities I've ever visited...and this is coming from an ex-Londoner! Not for the shy and retiring, it's a fully charged head-rush of ancient colliding with ultra modern. Breakneck pace of life, literally teams upon teams of pestering hustlers jump on you the minute they can, and from then on, you're targeted until you're finally fleeced by the taxi driver on your journey back to the port.
WORD OF WARNING...if you visit Ismir, DO NOT get a ride from the taxi drivers swarming around the terminal...they phone ahead, drop you off, where upon the door is opened by one of their acquaintances that just happen to own a leather shop. Planned hustle par excellence. BE WARNED!
I thought this place was disgusting with nothing but junk to buy. The merchants were so rude to us, in fact. One said, "you Americans should go back home. Don't buy here. We don't want you." And, we were with 2 others and we hadn't said a word! It was most disconcerting and upsetting. It is so dirty over there and not somewhere I would ever buy anything.
It was a little crazy!!! You could easily get lost and we were on our own here following the carpet demonstration. We stayed on the main road since it was a maze! We were approached to buy but not harassed as I thought we might. We tried some savory treats and bought just a few things..
This is really phenomenal. If you are a shopper, this is not to be missed. Thousands of stalls and vendors everywhere you stroll.
The Bosphorus Cruise was great and then we got to see the Spice Market (AMAZING!) and the Grand Bazaar (Not so amazing!)
Very enjoyable with rich colours and frangrances. Enjoyed haggling with the store owners. Some even spoke Afrikaans!
Not a favorite place
Surprisingly I loved Istanbul. I was not expecting to see this modern, bustling city. Our guide, Sertan, was very informative. We saw a demonstration of how Turkish rugs are handmade.The weaving is done by hand and passed on through generations. Final stop was the Grand Bazaar which has been very modernized. Glass storefronts down endless corridors sold jewelry, leather,clothing,hooka pipes and boxed candy called Turkish Delight. Sheer size of bazaar was intimidating to say the least.Lots of sellers in the streets trying to get you to buy anything and everything.