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Arasta Bazaar

Peaceful shopping right in the middle of Sultanahmet…


Arasta Bazaar has a long history; it was built to help finance the construction of the Blue Mosque. With more than 70 shops along an alley and shopkeepers who do not tout tourists, Arasta offers a great alternative to the Grand Bazaar. If you’re looking for a carpet, we recommend Cengiz at No:71. Or follow the footsteps of Bill Clinton, who recently bought a number of hand-made tiles at Iznik Classics at No:67.

We like: Respectful shopkeepers.

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