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Arasta Çarşısı No:143,
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
9:00 - 19:00 Daily
This is bazaar is located behind the Sultanahmet mosque. Situated on the site of 17th century stables; the Arasta bazaar is small and extremely touristic – full of neatly arranged gift shops . It’s not a place to go on a dedicated trip; it is a good resting stop between Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Mosaic Museum – or a place to burn time or grab a bite in case the above are not open yet.
Though like any of Istanbul’s many Bazaars, the Arasta is good place to look at the different Turkish handcrafts.
We did find one excellent non-tchotchke spot that stood out selling lamps.
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