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With roots dating back to 1660, this is one Istanbul's most famous bazaars. It’s also the place to pick up tea, Turkish coffee, sweets, jewelry, pottery, dried fruits and nuts. Haggling is welcome.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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“egyptian bazaar”(152 reviews)
“spice market”(208 reviews)
Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 | Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116, Turkey
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Very nice decorated bazar, clean, nice people... I found it nicer than the grand bazar, but it depends on one's preferences
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Worth a walk through...myriad of spice and sweet shops as well as jewellery/bags etc. Gets very crowded so take the normal precautions. As always go with a professional local guide to get the full history and the extra insight from visits to shops they have a relationship with
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Some people say this is too commercialised but I disagree. As a tourist only visiting the market for a few hours I was able to try a bit of everything and buy some fab Spices to enrich my cooking. We were welcomed into every stall and offered samples without ever feeling
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Many of the shops still have some high quality food products there, but they are pretty aggressive, even more so if you have tasted their sample.
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I wouldn’t recommend visiting the markets as a tourist unless you have a local guide with you. The site is amazing to look at but be wary of the expected tactics and high prices from vendors
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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
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