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Egyptian Bazaar

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Address: Ragip Gumuspala Cad. Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: 902125136597
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Beautiful but crowded

It is located near Eminonu, so crowds are horrible. Take care of your possessions in here carefully. I was sorry that there were so many people so I could not enjoy the visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2013
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Athens, Greece
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I love the smell of spices, so I really enjoyed the way all these bright powders would make my nose ecstatic, but the truth is that I can find cheaper spices in Evripidou str. in Athens. There were too many people, I just lasted a few minuted there, I needed space. (Thank god it was smaller than the Grand Bazaar!!)... More 

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It is located near Eminonu, so crowds are horrible. Take care of your possessions in here carefully. I was sorry that there were so many people so I could not enjoy the visit exactly – all that colors and smells - beautiful really. Maybe some other time I will be more lucky…

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

After the seedy Grand Bazaar, this is a much more pleasant mart to wander around. Prices are marked, enabling a far more efficient price discovery process than the absurd bartering system. For example, the first Indian saffron we saw being sold near the entrance was priced at 100 Lira per kilo. A short walk and we found the same commodity... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

I found the Spice Bazaar less chaotic than the Grand Bazaar. Not that there are less people, not by a long shot, only that edibles are far more my speed than souvenirs. It's worth a walk through just to see the array of spices, tea, sweets, and other foods. It's conveniently located and you can visit the New Mosque as... More 

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Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This is often called the Spice Market and for good reason - stalls with mountains of spices, many of which I've never seen before. It's much smaller than the Grand Bazaar and better for it. As well as spices there is a huge variety of different flavours of turkish delight. Again they all want your trade but in a non-threatening... More 

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Bucharest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

A small market,full of spices,teas and Turkish coffee. You can get better pricing compared to the Grand Bazaar, it's much less crowded and it's a must-see for every gourmet out there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

A a real delight it was. Commonly called the Spice bazaar or Misir Carsisi. It is L shaped and easy to find your way around. Wonderful to see everything and the aromas are fantastic. Mouth watering sweet foods and spices everywhere and the wonderful Pandeli Restaurant hiding at the bottom corner. A top place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I stumbled upon this place when walking back to the ferry. So interesting. Hundreds of stores with spices, desserts, teas, coffees, and foods I had never seen before. The alleys are narrow and crowded but this adds to the colorful atmosphere. Bring a camera with a wide-angle lens because some of the store fronts are so large you need the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

I read about store no. 14 at the Egyptian Bazaar which apparently has exceptionally good lokum and was determined to hunt it down. There are two sets of store numbers, one set runs outside the Egyptian (open air) and the other set numbers the stores that are actually inside the bazaar. Pinar is inside the bazaar, I bought the double... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

It’s a huge bazaar where you can find anything about Turkey, however, the shops there are more expensive than any other shop outside the bazaar.

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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 neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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