Grand Bazaar – Istanbul, Turkey

Also known as the Kapalicarsi, it is every bit a grand Ottoman imperial market.  With more than 3,000 shops, spread out amongst 61 covered streets, the Grand Bazaar plays host to 250,000 – 400,000 visitors per day.  Though many smaller, inexpensive local vendors have been pushed out by those catering to tourists and selling more upscale items like carpets and jewelry, if you are looking for that grand Oriental Market experience, check it out.  Yes, you’ll face some very pushy vendors, but you just might find it worth it to stroll the halls of a grand market that’s more than half a millenia old.

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