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Egyptian Bazaar

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Address: Ragip Gumuspala Cad. Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 513 6597
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds are among the many treasures to be...

Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds are among the many treasures to be found at this bazaar also known as the Spice Market.

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Exceptional market but so crowded

It should be visited after the Grand Bazaar, once your reach there you will witness a great mob of people, so crowded to the extent that you keep pushing away people to go through... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 February 2017
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

After seeing all that the grand bazaar has to offer, the spice bazaar won't fascinate you all that much. Fortunately it's a lot smaller, so you could be done looking at all of it in 15 minutes. Be sure to sample all the yummy lokum (Turkish delight) that will be offered to you, but buy only from Malatya Pazar. It's... More 

Thank Sarah N
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

It should be visited after the Grand Bazaar, once your reach there you will witness a great mob of people, so crowded to the extent that you keep pushing away people to go through ahead! But overall it's a unique experience, lots of choices in terms of spices, sweets, clothes, and even handcrafts. Beware of buying from the first price,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The Egyptian Bazaar is famous for its spices but you can also get nuts, Turkish delights as well as souvenirs. It is heaving with tourists and locals and you also have a few Turkish cafes nearby as well.

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Whenever I come to Istanbul I ran to you...you have everything i need and you are really friendly and somehow I feel home :) Yes, this year is a bit expensive comparing by previous years but still no one can compete your place in my heart :) Love that place from the bottom of my heart and I hope to... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Before having actually visited any of the basars in Istanbul, were my expectations more set on the grand basar, rather than on the Egyptian. As it turned out did I enjoy the Misir Carsisi much more due to its colorful and more applicable (at least to me) products. I actually ended up buying plenty of spices that were vacuum packed... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Huge bazaar plenty of different choices of souvenirs. Have to bargain / haggle to get good prices. Some nice stalls selling finger foods, snacks and fresh fruits.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

A smaller version of the grand bazaar. But basically the same type of shops, you have to haggle over everything, they will ask for 90 you offer 40 they say no, you go to the shop next door and you get it for 20. It is just to much headache for me .

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We went to the bazaar and had a good time walking around and shopping. We purchased spices, the prices are cheaper than the states and there is a great difference in the quality. I purchased Turkish teas, very important. Also coffee and teacups. Also my daughter picked a few other items for herself and friends. Lots of fun and very... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

We took a tram ride to this bazaar. Though it's smaller than the Grand Bazaar but it does have more markets outside the of the indoor markets. It's cheaper to shop outside of the Egyption indoor bazaar and more choice of goods, just like in Grand Bazaar. We bought Turkish delight 10 lira a killo outside of the bazaar, but... More 

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Godalming, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Me and my husband both preferred this market as we didn't get hassled so much by the traders and were more free to look around. I do wish these people would realise that if you were left to look around and browse without continually be hassled then you'd probably end up buying more. This market and area was much more... More 

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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