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Spice Bazaar

(Mısır Çarşısı)
Historic Site and Herbs & Spices Store
Rüstempaşa, Fatih
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  • manu p.
    "Nowhere close to the Grand Bazaar in terms of size"(8 Tips)
    Tolga B.
    "Worth to see colourful spices and Turkish Delights."(7 Tips)
    Merve D.
    "For spices 👉 Kalmaz Baharat, no: 41 on the left side 😉"(4 Tips)
    IzApps
    "With colorful spices and turkish delights,Mısır Çarşısı is one of the most..."(3 Tips)
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  • Dana K.
    Awesome atmosphere, but for a real shopping you should leave the bazaar and dive into narrow surrounding streets.
    Upvoted May 31
  • Alanoud_AG
    Alanoud_AGMarch 19
    The best halgoom "boğaz" and Spices you can find there
    Upvoted May 21
  • Hien T.
    Hien TFebruary 16
    Be prepared to negotiate and be talked to by every salesman. Great place to buy tea, spice and souvenirs.
  • Merve D.
    Merve DNovember 16, 2015
    Always crowded, always lively, always colourful. Sadly, goods are mostly touristic and low quality, so you must try and find the good vendors. For spices 👉 Kalmaz Baharat, no: 41 on the left side 😉
  • Thanos A.
    A covered market famous for its spices almost next to Yeni Camii. Take a walk to see all these colours and smells from spices and delights but rather not buy....it's a bit pricey.
  • Nidal ..
    Nidal .October 11, 2015
    You will adore turkish tea, turkish coffee, turkish delights, spices and accesories. A great place to buy gifts and souvenirs of Istanbul.
  • Heba A.
    Heba ASeptember 24, 2015
    I love coming here for everything. Always remember, bargain until you are satisfied with the price ;)
  • Alia A.
    Alia AlsharifSeptember 19, 2015
    It called spice bazar contain all cheaper than Grand bazar and they do have lots of things to buy. But make sure when you buy see it before raping it for you
  • Tolga A.
    Tolga AtasoySeptember 6, 2015
    Best quality Turkish delights, uncountable types of spices, middle-eastern taste of shopping. Always crowded, even hard to walk properly through people.
  • Réka Manon
    Réka ManonJune 15, 2015
    L-shaped traditional bazaar, it is inspiring to see the colourful spices and inhale their smell. But rather buy them in supermarkets for half of the price.
  • manu p.
    manu prasadJune 10, 2015
    Nowhere close to the Grand Bazaar in terms of size, but I think we get better Turkish Delight here. As always, bargain, though they say 'fixed prices' :)
  • mizz l.
    mizz linJune 8, 2015
    Ask for some kebab spice mix so u can mix into minced lamb or beef meat and eat exactly like in Istanbul
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 5, 2015
    Located in the gigantic Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar is a maze of pungent fragrances; colorful, foreign spices; and impassioned vendors. Read more
  • Ulas C.
    Ulas CingilMarch 26, 2015
    Kahvaltılık ve baharat alışverişi için alternatifi yok. For breakfast supplies and spice shopping there is no better alternative. Always bargain for prices.
  • Jimmy J.
    Jimmy JimmieJanuary 13, 2015
    sweet smelling cinnamon sticks, jasmine and other dried flower tea, vanilla, odd-looking dried vegetables, cheese and pickles to the pungent smell of assorted powdered spices. All sorts of sugar-coa.. Read more
  • Morgan B.
    Morgan BellerJanuary 2, 2015
    If you leave the indoor part of the market and go right outside, by the water and Galata bridge, the vendors are more authentic and more than half the price
  • Wassan M.
    Wassan MDecember 25, 2014
    Baklavah, olives, dray fruits, lokom(turkish delight) 👌and keep bargaining the prices 💸 AND watch out your bag🙏
  • Damla E.
    Damla EmirogluNovember 23, 2014
    I love this place, authentic & historical environment...spell of spices...
  • Bogdan D.
    Bogdan D.October 13, 2014
    Bustling market, spices are at their best, but many other things on offer; the air is filled with all kinds of flavours;
  • Özgür
    ÖzgürSeptember 29, 2014
    If you are to buy spices, buy them whole not ground. And try not to buy Saffron there unless you are an experienced Saffron buyer.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissSeptember 23, 2014
    Pro tip: shop like a local outside the market along the western wall. Half the price, twice as good service and quality. Bonus: pick up fresh ground Turkish coffee at the famous Kurukahveci Mehmet.
    Upvoted May 11
  • Balázs G.
    Balázs G.September 5, 2014
    Make sure to buy everything outside the basar, along the (north-)western side, where also the locals do their shopping. A must see.
  • Ela M.
    Ela MorgendorfferAugust 13, 2014
    Better go early in the morning if you want to avoid all the people. Also go around the bazaar to find better offers.
  • Meyvemix Juice
    Meyvemix JuiceJuly 13, 2014
    The Spice Bazaar Mısır Çarşısı is one of the largest bazaars in Istanbul. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar
    Upvoted May 11
  • Abdulwahed A.
    Abdulwahed AlromaihJune 22, 2014
    Too crowded but the goods are really good. I would definitely recommend this place but be ready for a long rounds of price negotiations which you might end up having the product at half of the price.
  • Javier M.
    Javier MontañoMay 30, 2014
    Bargain!!!! Try to bargain as much as you can! You have no idea of how much you can save... Beautiful place!
  • A A.
    A AApril 26, 2014
    Good place to shop local stuff but you have to bargain coz some times the stuff is 40 but they sell it for 100 TL
  • Turkey Travel Centre
    This place is good for a visit however if your time is limited, head to the grand bazaar instead. Bigger and better! Remember if you are looking for pure saffron, it is Iranian and not Turkish.
  • Angelika L.
    Angelika LattnerNovember 16, 2013
    Enjoy Istanbul's abundance! Tip: go to No. 51 Ucuzclar and get a guided tour on spices, teas, fruits, nuts and scents!
  • Adrijana H.
    Adrijana HusićNovember 10, 2013
    While not being very keen on Kapalıçarşı, I love this one for the colours and smells. Don't be surprised if you get free dinner (all deserts) while being here as everyone will offer you to try sth.
  • Arie M.
    Arie MulyahatiSeptember 17, 2013
    If you want to buy some souvenir, you should come here. The Egyptian Bazaar is a huge shopping complex. You can find different kind of spices, nuts, dried fruits, magnets, t-shirt etc..
  • Dens
    DensJuly 31, 2013
    Find the almost-hidden staircase near the northern (?) entrance, sneak upstairs to the restaurant and catch a peek (and pic!) of the markte from above via the dining room window. Be speedy!
  • Ludovica C.
    Ludovica CarosiJuly 23, 2013
    You should go there!! It is fantastic, fragrant and funny ! You can find every spice you could imagine here! And... You MUST try the teas... They are magnificent!!
  • Darcey W.
    Darcey W.July 13, 2013
    Generally best prices we found in the city for anything in the bazaar, especially silver and ceramic. Beats the pants off grand bazaar, cost-wise, and less hassling to go with it.
  • Mohsin A.
    Mohsin AmeenMay 23, 2013
    Great spices of excellent quality. The bazaar has a nice roof. I like the change in price when haggled with.
  • Oliviu
    OliviuApril 8, 2013
    If u enter the main gate u shoul go strait ahead, outside the bazaar, the right and u will arive to the genuine bazar..with spices, olived, cheese etc ar more decent prices
  • Baton R.
    Baton Rouge 👯March 19, 2013
    The history is beautiful but the vendors are all too pushy and so intimidating nor hostel
  • Alexandr S.
    Alexandr SinyakovJanuary 6, 2013
    If you like jewelry, go to "Sufi" Turkish fine art's No:45. Very interesting things.
  • Leo L.
    Leo LöwenherzJanuary 6, 2013
    You can find the same spices and teas in every local supermarket for 1/10 of the price... ;)
  • IzApps
    IzAppsOctober 5, 2012
    With colorful spices and turkish delights,Mısır Çarşısı is one of the most interesting places in Istanbul, but not the only one!We invite you to Chora Museum for more of Istanbul. http://bit.ly/P3nsXi
  • sarah || aïs™
    sarah || aïs™September 22, 2012
    Open: daily from 08.00 – 19.00 Closed: Sunday, October 29th and the full duration of religious holidays, connect to Grand Bazaar.
  • Yudum M.
    Where all kınds of spices & tastes & delights meet with their buyers( Turkish women & businessmen & tourists) for centuries !
  • DHR.com
    DHR.comFebruary 9, 2012
    The Egyptian Bazaar in Fatih is a huge shopping complex filled with many different kinds of spices, dried fruits, nuts, and some sweet treats. Open daily, from 9am to 7pm.
  • Tolga B.
    Tolga BarutcuJanuary 7, 2012
    Not an appropriate place to be in the weekends. Really crowded! Worth to see colourful spices and Turkish Delights.
  • Burak S.
    Burak SansalDecember 5, 2011
    old spice market in Istanbul where you can find lots of spices and turkish delights. http://www.greatistanbul.com/bazaar.htm#misir
  • Joy L.
    Joy Ludwig-McnuttNovember 28, 2011
    Stop at stall no. 51. Ucuzcular. Best selection and prices, especially for hard-to-find items like Krem tartar, ground ginger, etc.
  • NYIP
    NYIPJune 8, 2011
    Take light readings beforehand and get your aperture and shutter speed set when you first get there, because things move quickly here and you don’t want to miss your shot. Read more
  • Mei L.
    Mei LeongApril 29, 2011
    Stalls in the covered area are touristic and a rip-off. Head out the side door into the open air bazaar for more realistic, local prices.
  • Romina V.
    Romina VarrialeDecember 30, 2010
    Great place to buy spices. If you want to get nuts or turkish delight, get it from the outside vendors.
  • MM
    MMOctober 28, 2010
    Highly recommended. Better than the grand bazaar. U will enjoy the smells the sights the flavours. Lunch is deffintley at Namli Pastirmaci. Try the couscous, kisir and olive salad.
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