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Mısır Çarşısı, Istanbul

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Stroll the aisles of Mısır Çarşısı to experience the smells, sounds, and tastes of Turkey. The large covered market is second only to the Grand Bazaar in the Turkish capital. Built in 1660, this was historically the hub of Istanbul's spice trade, and it continues to be today. Venture to the Eminonu quarter of the Fatih district to discover more than 80 different vendors selling spices, traditional Turkish delights and other sweets, dried fruits, nuts, and souvenirs. Try your luck at bargaining for your purchase, or just savor the intense, pleasing smells that the many spices offer. Plan a Istanbul trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • This was our perhaps third time in the Spice Bazaar. The place looked more refreshed now. It's more pleasant and refined looking but the price tags were out of this world. For example we were... 
    This was our perhaps third time in the Spice Bazaar. The place looked more refreshed now. It's more pleasant and refined looking but the price tags were out of this world. For example we were...  more »
  • Amazing market with incredible variety! I went as part of a Rick Steves group tour (highly recommended!), we had a tasting demonstration at shop #51 "Hayfene" by the owner and the spices were all... 
    Amazing market with incredible variety! I went as part of a Rick Steves group tour (highly recommended!), we had a tasting demonstration at shop #51 "Hayfene" by the owner and the spices were all...  more »
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  • It was really interesting place!! Thought we were in Japan. Everybody talked to us in very fluent Japanese, asking to take a look the store. Never seen so many non Japanese speaks so good Japanese. Some could even have very good conversations. Besides mixture of culture, the building were newer and nicer, and easier to find same store later, we end up shopping a lot of stuff here since they have more than spices. Every shop offer you to sample Turkish delights, so just by going through the bazaar, you can get full. Very interesting place.
  • I love this place! From the moment you step inside, the aroma of all the different spices transports you to another world. The vendors are friendly and the produce is varied. You can buy gold, clothes and of course, spices. I find the Egyptian bazaar to be a lot less intimidating than the grand bazaar, because it’s smaller and better organized. So if you don’t want to jump right into the madness in the grand bazaar - which does have its own charm - begin with the Egyptian bazaar and you won’t be disappointed 🙏

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