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February 1, 2004
Unless you have excellent negotiation skills, it is not advised to shop here. But do not miss the architecture behind the shops.
If you would like to stop for lunch break, Havuzlu Lokanta is advised. This lokanta (simply restaurant in Turkish), typically lunch restaurant for the locals and the tourists still maintains good quality. You can choose your food by pointing at the window. Food is good, fresh but a bit more pricy than normal lokantas, which are spread all over the city, due to its unique location and reputable name.
To head to the Egyptian Bazaar, you should take Oruculer port.
From journal Istanbul in 3 days
ashbourne, United Kingdom
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From journal A short week in Istanbul
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
April 11, 2009
From journal Istanbul - A Tale of Two Cities
March 1, 2004
A good way to arrive at the Grand Bazaar is to walk west along the tram tracks from the Sultanahmet area until you get to the Beyazit stop. Then cut north to enter the complex through one of its eighteen entrances. It is fun to wander around aimlessly even if you do not want to purchase anything, as you will see bright red Turkish flags draped all over the cavernous archways. The origins of the market date back to 1455, and the complex had been rebuilt many times over after several devastating earthquakes and fires. Nowadays the bazaar seems rather modern and civilized in here. I have been to bazaars and souks in Morocco and they seem to me much more frenetic and perhaps a bit more authentic than this one in Istanbul. Still, it is very interesting to check out the colorful maze of storefronts and stalls.
The Spice Bazaar (also the Egyptian Bazaar or Misir Carsisi), between the Grand Bazaar and the Galata Bridge, is much smaller but more fragrant and perhaps more exotic than its big brother. Located next to the Yeni Camii, the Spice Bazaar has an L-shaped layout and six entrances. A stroll through here is quite an experience for the eyes and the nose. Both the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar are closed on Sundays.
From journal Bill in Turkey - ISTANBUL
July 28, 2003
I do remember liking the old bazaar - where supposedly antiques are sold. It is quieter and the wares are more interesting. However, no matter where you are in the bazaar, you cannot stop for even a moment to browse without being pelted with sales maneouvering. Really - you can't even look at something for a second. So shopping was difficult. We ended up at one place, drinking apple tea as Alli bargained for a tea set and I bought a lamp. We both overpaid significantly, and I actually got cheated. We were asked to go out later that evening for dinner, and I was kissed on the hand as I left while Alli was kissed on the cheek! Eek!
So, later I found out that he gave me the wrong change, knowing I would confuse the 100,000L note with the 1,000,000L note. That wiped out all my bargaining. And then he packed my purchases away out of my sight and forgot to include the "extra" hook he had thrown in. At this rate, I didn't ever want to dare bargain again.
The coolest part of the market is at the center, an antique section. Careful exploring around here - it's so easy to get lost. We found an exit, right into an old book bazaar and near Beyazit Square.
The bazaar's elaborate entrance is hard to miss, and when you see it, you know you have truly entered the world of Arabian Nights.
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