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“Its not as grand”
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.
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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“Its not as grand”
Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Small but a must see. Some nice pictures on the spices piled high and some great haglin but you will always find cheaper it the way of the bazaar. Saffron 20 tl for 3 little cases down from 30. Around the corner 5 each. It happens but haggle more on your other purchases to make up for mistakes made and best forgotten :D Enjoy

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London, United Kingdom
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“For tourists”
Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

It is much smaller than expected and much less food based - many touristy ceramic/scarf shops.
We found the cheapest spice shop with most selection to be furthest away from the port on last corner on the right - managed to find all the spices we couldnt find at home. 3 bags of about 80g each came to 7tl.
Worth seeing if your passing through or want spices- otherwise give it a miss.
Better & cheaper turkish delight from Hafiz Mustafa tea shop near the Aya Sofia.

Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Take a look if you are in the area”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Definitely worth taking a look if you are in the general area. It's not as big as I imagined, and it takes 5 minutes to walk through if you don't stop. I've read that you should not buy the saffron here b/c it's actually safflower. Also, they sell caviar for relatively cheap, but you might be scammed unless you know your caviar well. I bought Turkish delight and thought the Turkish delight at the specialty shops you see all over Istanbul tasted fresher, but maybe I went to the wrong vendor.

Visited May 2013
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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“Wonderful flair”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

The Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar) is truly a paradise of spices, Turkish Delights, Honey, fresh nuts and candy, dried fruit, jewelry and many local souvenirs, all surprisingly reasonably priced. The colors and scents are amazing! The vendors don't seem to be as ambitious (aka pushy) and a little friendlier here than in the Grand Bazaar. It has a real 1001 Arabian Nights feeling, like being in a Souk somewhere in Morocco. We loved it!

Visited May 2013
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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“Dream of the bazar lover!”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

I hate modern shopping malls so I practically went nuts when I entered the Spice Bazar (its more commonly known as Spice Bazar compared to Egyptian Bazar though it was set up by the Egyptians 400 years ago).

From sundried fruits, to spices, to Turkish delight: the crowds, the scents, the colors, the atmosphere is simply thrilling! We loved the Malatya Pazari shop in the spice bazar: it is one of Turkey's most famous spice shops with over 150 branches and we found their rates to be very reasonable compared to other shops. We got home Turkish sweet paprika, Turkish red chilli and a 20-spice mix, as well as mixed-nuts Turkish delight, sun-dried apple hibiscus tea (simply FABULOUS! But check to make sure it is sun-dried and not oven dried), and a mix of dried cranberries, prunes and cherries. We also got instant pomegranate tea and sultan tea from the Hazer Baba shop which is quite steeply priced. Now I only wish I had got more, more and MORE of it all!

All the spices and fruits are vaccum sealed for freshness and so that you can carry them back home without fear of them spilling out. Don't buy plates, Turkish tea cups and scarves and stuff from the spice bazar though, they are obviously higher priced as it is a tourist spot. You will find the same stuff and even the spices for cheaper in the small lanes outside the bazar, but you'll have to compare the quality and freshness of the spices to make sure it's the same.

Visited May 2013
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