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World's Coolest Bazaars: Grand Bazaar

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Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

“Grand” seems like an understatement for this sprawling bazaar, with 4,000 stores, 65 streets, and six centuries under its belt. Some 15 million come here annually, making it Europe’s most-visited attraction. Though some traditional artisans have been pushed out by high rents and tourist schlock, treasure hunting down the labyrinthine warrens is still every bit the rewarding shopping experience. Wind your way through the central, more trafficked shops for tea sets, ceramics, and rugs. But be sure to spend some time along the outer rings, where locals still ruthlessly bargain for gold bracelets, fabrics, and leather.

Best Buy: Fine jewelry. You’ll find gold and gemstones here for a fraction of the price you’d pay in the States, and artisans can custom-make pieces in a matter of days. Open daily.



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