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“Also called the Spice Bazaar”
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Egyptian Bazaar
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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.
Sussex UK
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“Also called the Spice Bazaar”
Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Loved this more than the Grand Bazaar· So many spices, teas, turkish delight and nuts. Sampling before buying is part of the ritual and chosing is hard because there is so much choice.

You can choose what flavours of turkish delight you want packaged into a box and then have it vacuum packed for travel in your suitcase. Buy apple tea to take back with you and enjoy. Wonderful!

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“A great shopping place to visit”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

It is also known as the spice bazaar. You can easily reach it by tram ( Eminonu stop ). The bazaar is smaller than the Grand Bazaar but is really unique for its spice shops with wide range of superb spices. The are also turkish delights, tea with flavours, nuts, ceramics,mugs and small souvenirs. As for the turkish delights beware NEVER buy the prepacked boxes. They are really a trap! They are completely different from the delights that you can taste and choose which is sold by weight. The prepacked boxes are about half the price of the delights that is sold by weight but it is really of bad quality. If you want to enjoy eating something special, then it is better to pay more and choose what you like by weight. If you like tea, you can buy tea with different flavours like peach, lemon, orange, ginger, pomengranate, and many others. I found tea with peach flavour very tasty. After shopping you can take a look at the area around and visit Rustem Pasha mosque which is really worth to see!

Visited September 2012
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“A pleasant alternative to the Grand Bazaar: wonderful for souvenir shopping!”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

The Egyptian Market a.k.a. Spice Market is a much smaller, compact alternative to the Grand Bazaar. Only 2 lanes of vendors, proactive but not aggressive vendors, incredible aromas. The crowds are large and non-threatening, with more locals.

Most of the vendors sell exactly the same product range: spices, nuts, teas, candy (lokum, halvah) - so shop around to get the best price and freshness. And go where the locals go. There are also conventional souvenirs for sale at good prices: key chains, etc. I bought some vacuum-sealed packages of apple tea and spice rubs, as well as olive oil soap. I tasted some lokum, but it wasn't as good as what I had at Hafiz Mustafa; so I passed. I had no trouble bringing back everything through Canadian customs.

I suspect the prices are slightly higher than elsewhere, but since Turkey as a whole is such a bargain, does it really matter? The atmosphere is worth far more than that small premium.

Visited September 2012
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“WONDERS OF THE EAST!”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Truly where east meets west! It is smaller than the Grand Bazaar but I would really advise you to visit. The atomosphere is so user friendly and no hassle, people. Thre are many stalls filled with a variety of goods ranging from food to gold to leather goods. The stall holders are extremely friendly in a sincere manner and very welcoming in their outlook when dealing with tourists............and if you want the real macoy turkish delight......look no further but you need to avoid the cheap merchandise displayed on the outside of the stalls and venture in where you will be given a history of turkish delight/sweets//tea and be able to purchase organic produce which is top quality AFTER SAMPLING THE PRODUCTS........heaven!

My tip is to visit stall 68...Ahmed is UK educated and is so professional.Enjoy guys....

Visited September 2012
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“Turkish Undelight”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Keep your wits about you. After a long day, we wandered into a candy trap. How should we know how much to pay for Turkish delight? After being mesmerized by the tales of saffron as a cure-all, dazzled by the powers of tea to cure anything not fixed by saffron and sampling some Turkish delight (served up from the front counter), a hefty box of candy was quickly filled from the back counter and vacuum wrapped. In a trance, we actually paid the bill. It later appeared that we paid an exorbitant price. Perhaps Nuri Spice Shop is not typical of the vendors in this busy bazaar. However, if you want Turkish Delight, I suggest that you go to a reputable specialty store.

Visited September 2012
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