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“Good but check out the back streets” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Egyptian Bazaar

Egyptian Bazaar
Ragip Gumuspala Cad. Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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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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“Good but check out the back streets”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

I visited this and the Grand Bazaar, and I far preferred this one even though it's smaller (although by no means small) - it's a bit cheaper and the touts aren't quite as pushy.
Inside the covered market there's a good variety of shops. However the real experience was walking randomly in the back streets behind the market - it seemed the further you get from the market, the more locals and the cheaper the prices. I enjoyed that more than the market itself.

Visited December 2013
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“Amazing and one of a kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We went on a Thursday evening and the crowd wasn't bad. People were super nice to our young boys. Vendors weren't too pushy. One street vendor even gave the boys free fresh squeezed juice. Prices were much higher though and from reading other reviews, we knew not to buy. You can get a lot of the items at 1/3 price outside the tourist areas. But the experience is definitely worth it.

Visited November 2013
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“Worth a short visit for the colours and smells, but not cheap”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This was my second visit to the Egyptian Bazaar, but I think I have a different view to the majority of reviewers. Firstly, I don't think this Bazaar is comparable to the Grand Bazaar, primarily because the Grand Bazaar is not a specialist market focussed on spices & food, whereas the Egyptian Bazaar is, my point being that you visit each for different reasons. This market is also on a much smaller scale and I don't think it needs more than 30 - 90 mins to visit (including time for haggling).

I'm not sure about getting any bargains here either. I can't comment about countries other than the UK, but in the UK, packets or bags of herbs & spices tend to be pretty cheap if bought from South Asian stores, particularly in towns or cities with even a small Asian community (for the best range and prices, try Green Street or Brick Lane in East London or Ladypool Road, Stratford Road, Alum Rock Road or Soho Road in Birmingham).

Certainly worth a short visit, but it felt too touristy and didn't have much beyond anything that I couldn't get at decent prices at home.

Visited November 2013
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“Great bazaar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I really enjoyed this bazaar, it was my favorite in Istanbul. It is large and has a lot to offer, prepare to bargain to get a good deal. It is not as touristy as the grand bazaar, but is still commercial enough to find a variety of goods.

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“Beware of sales staff in front of shops...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

If you are visiting İstanbul for the first time,this is one of the most important venues to go for shopping and sightseeing.Get the smell of various kinds of spices.Pay attention to the sales staff fm the shops and just walk away.Don't forget to bargain while discussing with them as they always start with high price.

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