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As a rule, whatever price he gives you, go back with 50% knocked off.

He will laugh, tell you he is poor and has six children to feed, and then come back with another price.

Sixty streets covered with thousand of shops can be overwhelming if you are not a hard core shopper.

On my first visit to the Grand Bazaar, I spent most of my time staring at the rush with my mouth open!

If you are staying in the Sultan Ahmet, Beyoglu, Fatih, Eminonu or Taksim districts, it is within walking distance.

Use Google maps to input the location of your hotel, the Grand Bazaar and it will give you the perfect route!

Streets are grouped according to the products they sell, which is a tradition dating back to the Ottoman times. A statue of some cool dude from the Ottoman empire…

The first is the Bazaaring in Istanbul tour tailored for shopaholics or anyone daunted by the thought of exploring the Grand Bazaar on their own.

The curator is an antique expert who has spent most of his life meandering around the bazaars of Istanbul, and he has set the course for a local tour guide to help you explore the traditional side of the Grand Bazaar and other shopping havens such as the Spice market.

Unfortunately walking around the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul with a map, is the equivalent of sticking a flashing neon sign on your head, saying, “Look at me everyone” Instead prepare to get lost; it is part of the fun. When you are fed up and decide that, you want out, look for the exits signs, which are everywhere.

The Grand bazaar of Istanbul is closed on Sundays but open every other day from 9.00am to 7.00pm.

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