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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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Real local market

I did not intend to go, I just got lost on the streets after visiting a mosque. You can buy any kind of spice you want but if you walk further you can also buy coffee like a local... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2013
Damian O
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2013

We absolutely loved Turkey, the grand bazaar, the spice market etc. This store, however was a total scam so be really careful if you go. They will tell you how organic their things are etc. Bottom line is that they charge about 3 times more than other stores and after tasting things in other stores, there stuff was just average.... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2013

I did not intend to go, I just got lost on the streets after visiting a mosque. You can buy any kind of spice you want but if you walk further you can also buy coffee like a local or have a real turkish snack. On the perpendicular streets you will find were locals buy clothes, I could identify good... More 

2 Thank Damian O
Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2013

It is nice to visit, though not very big. You don't have to buy anything, but it's always interesting to see what they're offering, and the presentation of their turkish delights is nice. I bought coffee from one of the main coffee sellers just next to one of the exits of this Bazaar. If you like coffee, you better go... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2013

The Egyptian Bazaar also called the Spice Bazaar is worth the visit. It is much smaller and more manageable than the Grand Bazaar and the layout is an L shape, so there's a beginning and an end to the market, well, inside anyway! Each time we visited, it was very busy. It is located near the Galata Bridge and across... More 

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Reviewed 8 April 2013 via mobile

Why disappointed? It seemed to lack any atmosphere, and just seemed to be a "olde worlde" shopping mall. It was much better walking around the streets outside, with much more vibrancy. The bazaar seems to be geared up more as a tourist attraction. Perhaps because we visited on a Sunday? Who knows, but I won't be rushing back.

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Zug, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Always visit the Spice and the Grand Bazaar when in Istanbul. Simply wonderful! Best spices, tea, sweets and everything you can imagine. Almost every single seller is really nice and always good for a laugh with them. Stocked up on all my spices and tea now, but cannot wait to go back. Can just recommend to wear some good shoes... More 

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Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2013

I love this bazaar a lot compare to grand bazaar..i love to see all the nuts and spices, coffee, and this is walking distance to boshporus cruise..most item sold here..didnt sold in grand bazaar...

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2013

More focused on spices and foods, this bazaar is worth the visit. We enjoyed the Turkish Delight from HazarBaba (and the prices seemed fair). Many options on spices, teas and nuts.

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Fishers, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2013

The Egyptian, also called Spice, Bazaar is worth 1-2 hours to roam in and out the building, wandering up and down aisles. You'll often see identical things (pepper grinders and turkish delight can be found all over, as can the ubiquitous spices). But don't be cyncial -- it may take you seeing that pepper grinder 3-4 times before deciding to... More 

1 Thank Mez1961
Lagos, Nigeria
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Not too overwhelming place to shop but nice variety of items. Great place to shop for nuts, dried apricots, figs, so yummy...

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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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