on August 1, 2006
Noisy, busy, easy to get lost in, hard to get out of but always fun and enjoyable sum up my feelings about the Grand Bazaar. If you enjoy shopping and bargaining you'll love it. If you find bargaining or approached by people a little uncomfortable then the Grand Bazaar is probably not for you.Yes, it's very touristy. There are endless shops selling Apple Tea Glasses, Turkish Coffee Cups, Belly Dancing Outfits etc.. however you can also buy beautiful jewellery, fine fabrics, good value leather goods and, of course, carpets and kilims.The shop keepers can be persistent but are generally very always hospitable. Often an invitation into a shop will be accompanied by an offer of Apple Tea or Turkish Coffee, if you accept don’t feel that this obliges you to buy something as it doesn’t. However, it does put you in a position where you are more likely to be shown and start looking at items. Again if you find this uncomfortable politely refuse.If you do want to shop then get ready to bargain. Offer about half the asking price, or below, and work from there. Have in your mind what you want to pay and stick to it. Remember, always be polite. And if you do get a bit exhausted with haggling there are plenty of little cafes to sit down in, have a drink and admire the bargains you've bought.Visit and enjoy.
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