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Arasta Bazaar

Sultanahmet Mh., Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Kabasakal Cad Arasta Çarşısı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
| +90 212 520 40 46
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One-Stop Shopping at Arasta 79 Istanbul  Turkey
Tea, Textiles, and Turkish Delight Istanbul  Turkey
One-Stop Shopping at Arasta 79 Istanbul  Turkey
Tea, Textiles, and Turkish Delight Istanbul  Turkey

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Sun - Sat 9am - 10pm

One-Stop Shopping at Arasta 79

The very chill owner of Arasta 79 has one of the best shops in Istanbul. Ikat scarves, knotted silk jewelry strung with chunky jewels, delicate crochet strings of flowers, pestemals (traditional Turkish bath towels) in every weave and color, and bright Suzani and Uzbeki ceramics. If you have time for only one stop within Arasta Bazaar, this should be it.

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over 4 years ago

Tea, Textiles, and Turkish Delight

Nestled in the shadow of the Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque, the Arasta Bazaar is undoubtedly for tourists but is blessedly free of the ogling busloads.

I had a fine tea at the cafe, delicious Gözleme from one of the vendors, and even bought a rug at Troy Rug Store. Things I've found it difficult to do while being hounded at the Grand Bazaar, surrounded by the hordes.

Bargaining is kept to a minimum, as is the pressure from shopkeepers. If you're near the end of your visit to Istanbul and on the hunt for gifts to take home, look no further.