Saturday, December 26

The Istanbul Grand Bazaar

Bargain-hunting at the colorful Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

No trip to Istanbul is complete without the extravaganza of a shopping experience that is the Grand Bazaar. It is a huuuge labryinth of over 4000 stores, boutiques, and shops. You can find practically anything here, from fine jewelry or backgammon game sets to belly dancing costumes and nargileh pipes. Being mentally and physically prepared is a must to combat the crowds and interact with hundreds of shop owners who'd try to sell you the hair off their heads if they could. But luckily everybody's super friendly and welcoming so this is the perfect place to exercise your chops in the art of bargaining!

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