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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Mısır Çarşısı reviews
Fun place to visit...lots of sites and sounds. It was clearer and more put together than I expected. We did not buy any spices but there were lots of variations of Turkish Delight and we sampled...
Fun place to visit...lots of sites and sounds. It was clearer and more put together than I expected. We did not buy any spices but there were lots of variations of Turkish Delight and we sampled... more »
Do not go to SULTAN SPICE shop number 61 in spice bazar. He is a lunatic egomaniac who was selling Turkish delights for 10 times the price. Very rude, liar, cheater and dishonest shop which is...
Do not go to SULTAN SPICE shop number 61 in spice bazar. He is a lunatic egomaniac who was selling Turkish delights for 10 times the price. Very rude, liar, cheater and dishonest shop which is... more »
Every way there are drinks made from spices. I bought one with pomegranate, lovely. The spices are all dried but with a powerful aroma. The stalls are beautifully set out
Every way there are drinks made from spices. I bought one with pomegranate, lovely. The spices are all dried but with a powerful aroma. The stalls are beautifully set out more »
The Spice Bazaar is an amazing place and an absolute must see while in Istanbul. Sellers are friendly and not as pushy as at the Grand Bazaar. Prices are also pretty decent when compared to Grand Bazaar. However, I found my greatest bargains at shops behind or around the Spice Bazaar. Do yourself a favour: get a tea or fresh orange juice at the little kiosk just inside Gate 6 and enjoy it outside at their sitting area and just watch life pass by!
Mainly teas and spices can be found here, as well as desserts. Some jewelry also found. Zultanite can also be found. Be weary of some vendors that will charge double than other places. I paid 200TL for a kilo of baklava and then another vendor was selling 1 kilo for 100TL. Same thing with teas. Apple teas should cost around ~340TL for the kilo. I found a shop near gate two that sold it for 120TL.
This place is also known as the Egyptian Spice Market or just Spice Market. Despite the name, you can buy even exotic items such as saffron, caviar and gold and silver jewellery. A very colourful place. Very open to bargaining. Also remember, the prices are much better inside than closer to the entrance.
Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds are among the many treasures to be found at this bazaar also known as the Spice Market. The place is beautiful and seemingly endless - there’s stalls upon stalls both inside and outside selling spices, herbs, baklava, nuts, Turkish delight etc. It was fantastic to walk around and take pictures but almost impossible to stop and actually look at anything without being forced to try something and then being pressured into the sales pitch. Just be confident on what you want to try and buy else you will be forced to take everything. I would recommend visiting as it’s a beautiful building but just make sure you’re confident in saying “NO THANK YOU.” Try not a must you buy. Somethings are just too sweet. But it's colorful and beautiful. Worth a visit.
Best market, not over crowded like grand bazaar, in good condition, good rates. Am surprised why not many tourists come here. You can find all shopping essentials here. Overall experience ia very good. We did loads of shopping here. Highly underrated. Near Emonunu tram stop. Outside there is very nice local hustle bustle and a market where you can find a lot of things from cheese to nuts etc worth a visit
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