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“Small and low key”
Review of Arasta Bazaar

Arasta Bazaar
Ranked #101 of 1,134 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

As the Istanbul bazaars go, this one is small and low key with only a few shops - but there are also fewer people and less hassle from the sellers. It's an interesting contrast to the Grand and Spice bazaars, but it certainly wouldn't ruin your holiday if you gave it a miss.

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Reviewed 9 April 2012

If you're near the Blue Mosque you should visit the Arasta Bazaar. Facing the mosque you will find it to the left and down the hill a few yards. Its much smaller than the Grand Bazaar but still has good choices of almost every item you would find there and usually priced less. It is also not as crowded or confusing. While we were there we were invited into a very nice carpet shop called Harem Carpets by a gentleman named ILYAS. He offered us tea and a chance to view some very nice carpets and pillow covers made from carpets. We were there about an hour. ILYAS was very informative, telling us and showing us all about the differences in carpets, how and where they were made. In the end we bought 16 covers and at a very good price. Thanks to ILYAS we had a great shopping experience and learned alot at the same time.

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Reviewed 29 February 2012

The Arasta Bazaar was a much more pleasant shopping experience for me than the Grand Bazaar. It is much smaller but there are some nice shops and you can still bargain for some good shopping deals. Worth checking out.

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Reviewed 11 February 2012

We found this little bazaar our first night of wandering and revisited it a couple more times. No people each time meant keen shopkeepers pounced but there were far fewer here so it made it much less intimidating than the Grand Bazaar. The quality of goods here I found was excellent. My young adult son needed to pick up a couple of items prior to our departure and this was much more convenient and he didn't have to worry about getting lost. He paid far too much however as we forgot the whole bargaining tithing applied here also!

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Reviewed 14 January 2012

After walking all day, this was our nightly hang out spot. Make sure you get a Pomegrante and Orange Juice here. Excellent stuff!

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