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Grand and Spice Bazaars

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The grand bazaar is big. Big enough that it would probably take an hour just to walk past all the shops. I think the sign said the area now taken up by the bazaar used to include 5 mosques, a school, and some other stuff... It's big. Prices are higher than other areas, and the main attraction is that it's big. A lot of jewellery stores, some clothing stores, some wallet stores, some turkish delight (candy) stores (which offer free samples).

The spice bazaar is pretty cool, sells a lot of spices by the kilo. The shopkeepers will often ask people to smell or even taste the spices.

We preferred another place near the spice bazaar, an outdoor market that we stumbled upon today. Similar size, a bit cheaper, more fruits, and a lot more locals (though that might be partly because today is Saturday and yesterday wasn't). We bought 1/4 lb of hazelnuts, 1 lb of plums, and 2 1/4 lbs of cherries. Total cost: 6.4 lira, or $5CAD. It was a pretty cheap dinner.

Things to note at markets:
Never shop at the first store of anything, the shops closest to the entrance generally have prices about 20% too high.

If the price they're charging isn't clear, check a different shop. We had some turkish delight at a shop, they brought us to the back and we bought some. The price at the front of the store was per kg, the price at the back was per 500g, so we paid twice as much as we thought we would. The prices were clearly marked, and the products might have been different, but we should have only bought at a place that follows the standard pricing formula. Not a huge difference in money, just a bit annoying that we might have overpaid.

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Posted by chrisvasil 13:02 Archived in Turkey Tagged shopping

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