We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“What an experience!”
Review of Egyptian Bazaar

Egyptian Bazaar
Book In Advance
More Info
$40.00*
and up
Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar
More Info
$38.75*
and up
Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar
More Info
$30.00*
and up
Morning Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour With Spice Market
Ranked #6 of 537 Shopping in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: No
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.
Clent, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“What an experience!”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

Spice, dried fruit, Turkish delight, fish, cheeses - this will definitely challenge all your senses. Enjoy the banter and barter and be amazed at the wealth of sights, sounds and tastes!

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank TH1955
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,660 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    818
    596
    198
    37
    11
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hungarian first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Warsaw, Poland
Level 6 Contributor
201 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Simply fantastic”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

AN absolutely incretible festival of flavors, colors and fragrances. Huge amounts of various spices and herbs, tees (try typical apple tea and rose tea) and sweets of any kind. The numer of sorts of Turkish delight (rahatloukum) is almost unlimited. Big and small plain or flavored (try rose and mint), with or without nuts. The prices may be negotiated. Walk not only at the part under the roof but also around it - close to main building you can find the oldest coffee manufacture in Istanbul - they are still operating and sell coffee which is still hot - so freshly roasted. Just follow your nose :) There are also numerous small bars around and places selling freshly pressed juices - try pomgrenate! Do not miss the New Mosque next to main Bazaar buliding (it was actually built at XVI century).
Wonderful place, for me much more interesting than Grand Bazaar which is far more "commercialized" for tourists.

Visited May 2012
Helpful?
3 Thank Katarzyna B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Turkish delights!!!!”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

I managed to purchase turkish delights crusted with honey instead of sugar at reasonable price here (after tasting spree). Safron also availabe to be purchased however cautiously ask them on the pricing and its quality. If you really interested to purchase try to taste their safron tea.

Helpful?
1 Thank mshahom
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Uppsala, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Spices and sweets”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Here you'll find loads of sweets, nuts, teas, coffees, spices and some souvenirs. If you have no idea what to buy I'd advise you to purchase "Çifte Kavrulmuş Lokum". Translated "Double roasted Turkish Delight with pistage nuts" and it's amazing if you're into sweets. If you know how to make turkish coffee this is also the place to buy it from. Most of the stores sell the same thing, items are always priced and no need to negotiate. It is very common that you'll hear "Buyrun" when passing by which translates into "Welcome". Everybody is polite since they all want to make business with you and you really don't need to compare prices. It's a small place compared to the Grand Bazaar but I advise you to walk up and down all the shops and just pick a place you feel comfortable with.

Tip:
I visited the Egyptian Bazaar around noon and was finished in about 20 minutes. When I got out the time was about 12.25 and all the mosques of Istanbul echoed in prayers. I'm not religious in any matter but I got goose bumps and it really is a extraordinary thing to experience.

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
2 Thank Tikibone
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Real Instanbul”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

If you want to experience the real Instanbul bazaar go to the spice bazaar.it is not as tourist based as the grand bazaar and the smells of the spice is amazing.but be prepared for the crowds of locals.a great experience.

Visited November 2012
Helpful?
2 Thank Lorraine L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Egyptian Bazaar also viewed

 

Been to Egyptian Bazaar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing