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“Great shopping place”
Review of Egyptian Bazaar

Egyptian Bazaar
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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's 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.
Reviewed October 28, 2012

It's more popular with the locals than the grand bazaar as it's a lot cheaper. Walked around on 2 different days and on sunday it's a lot quieter as a lot of shops are closed. Stands are full of colours and wonderful smells of spices and coffee. Some shops actually have prices displayed which is great as you don't need to haggle!

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Reviewed October 27, 2012

I was expecting to see old stores selling all sorts of exotic spices and bargains at the so called Spice Bazaar. What I found was a conglomerate of modern-looking shops selling the same spices that you find at the supermarket, except for a higher price. The same applies to the souvenirs sold there. I found the the bazaar in Jerusalem far better than the one in Istanbul. Your time will be better spent visiting other sites in Istanbul.

Thank VMZee
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is a foodies paradise. What a selection. As others have said, not as overwhelming as the Grand Bazaar and on a much smaller scale. I use the Global Entry Kiosk upon return to the U.S. and one tiny little mistake in not declaring the right thing or having something on me that is against the import law and I will lose status. Just because of that we stayed away from purchasing anything, but man, would I have been glad had I known what was legal or not. The choices were endless, but the memories are there and that's what counts. Do enjoy the sample teas, they are super delicious.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

For those people like us who are put off buy the grand bazaar because it's too big, try the egyptian/spice bazaar. Much smaller but still lots of stalls. We loved the spice displays.

Thank JacqFromDunfie
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Both inside the building and in the adjacent streets, visitors mingle with locals in purchasing spices, household goods, food, and every other item on earth. The atmosphere is very much more authentic than the tourist-oriented Grand Bazaar. This is place for you to see the real istanbul, whether you want to buy anything or not.

Thank Marc B
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