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“Spice shopping ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Egyptian Bazaar

Egyptian Bazaar
Ragip Gumuspala Cad. Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #14 of 406 Shopping in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Spice shopping ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This place is very attractive. They have some really nice and original spices in here. I got some pure saffron and have used it to prepare a lot of Indian dishes and they get a super flavour with that. Also they will sell you a lot of nice Turkish delights. Not expensive and good quality. Only things to watch are the sales guys in front of the shop. They can speak a few lines of any language and then can try to woo you to buy stuff of them. Not all are bad but just be careful that they are not trying give a bargain which is not reasonable. Like check the expire dates of food products. I would suggest you wander around the whole place and then carefully make your choices in the second round. I always want to go back to this place whenever I go back to Istanbul.

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“Don't be afraid to try”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This is way better than Grand Bazaar for me. It is a show of different colors and flavours. Go there and don't be afraid to talk with the sellers, try their candies, smell the spices. Very fun visit.

Visited October 2013
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“Fun experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The main street of the spice bazaar is an experience. There are many shops selling soaps, dried fruits, nuts, turkish tea, tea sets, pottery, evil eye items and lamps.

If you get time to explore the side streets of the market
there are pet shops, coffee shops, manyyy scarf shops and other specialty stores.

you will need a few hours max (not the whole day).

between the metro stop and spice bazaar are other markets which sell towels, linen, dress materials, swimming costume and even stitch an outfit / swim wear within 2 days.

Visited October 2013
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“Essence of Istanbul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This bazaar gives you a true sense of what istanbul is. keep this for the last day of your trip if you want to shop a lot. (spices, cheese ceramics is what i would reccomend). A great place to take local photographs inside the market! easy 4 hours needed for this

Visited March 2013
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“Interesting bazaar !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I visited both the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar in early Oct 2013. I personally find Egyptian Bazaar a more interesting place to visit. Grand Bazaar is huge and can be confusing to walk around. Although Egyptian Bazaar is much smaller than I expected, it is much easier to walk around and enjoy what the bustling market has to offer. The various spices, turkish delights, teas and etc are quite interesting to shop for. I end up buying spice, chocolate, nuts and tea leaves as gifts to bring home from the stall 'HazerBaba" (stall no 46/1). Mr Tunay at the stall was friendly, not pushy, helpful and paitent in explaining how to best store and use of the spice. He also vacum sealed and packed the stuff I bought nicely so that they looked presentable as gifts. Egyptian Bazaar is well worth a visit!

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