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“A food lovers paradise”
Review of Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar
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$37.02*
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Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Grand Bazaar...
Ranked #20 of 579 Shopping in Istanbul
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed December 8, 2014

It is great fun to wander around this bazaar, looking at the vast piles of spices, and all sorts of other goods. I also recommend the stalls selling freshly prepared Turkish desserts if you want a sugar rush! Best bargains are to be found in the alleyways outside the bazaar where prices are lower than inside.

Thank DavidCl19
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

I am surprised by other reviews that say the Spice Bazaar is a smaller version of the Grand Bazaar -- and therefore optional. I don't agree. The Spice Bazaar is perfect for cooks and food enthusiasts. Yes, commercialism is alive and well here and you'll find tourist trinkets. But it is so much more. You'll find freshly ground spice blends, delicious roasted pistacios and other nuts, a crazy variety of different types of Turkish Delight, more types of goat cheese than you thought imaginable, fresh fish and even tulip bulbs (not edible!). I especially enjoyed the staff and offerings of Ucuzcular Baharat, stall #51. A brother/sister manage the shop that has been family owned since the 1800s. They sealed their unique spices, nuts and Turkish Delight in vacuum packed pouches for no-hassle entry back into the states. Very helpful and knowledgeable. Regardless of the vendor you choose, don't miss out on this incredible Turkish slice-of-life.

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Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was different from any market i have ever been to. The Spice Bazaar should definitely be on your itinerary when you go to Istanbul. You could spend an hour or an afternoon there. We wandered through this lively market full of amazing turkish delight, spices, trinkets, you name it. I bought a lot of spices and teas that they vacuum packed for me to take home. My best purchase was sesame honey peanuts at stall 51(?) Delish!!!!! Prices are not too bad. Plan a portion of you day here - very easy to get to - on the main tram line, near the ferry dock.

Thank Tryche
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

To walk around this bazaar with out being presured into buying was great. So many spices sold from beautiful kiosks, sample the free Turkish delight!

Thank Lee K
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

The spice bazaar is smaller than Grand Bazaar but still, should be on your to-visit list when you are in Istanbul. Inside spice bazaar, you can find spices, teas, dry beef, cheese, souvenir,honey,nuts, and of course turkish delights! If you are craving for some baklava, you can easily find some good quality ones at over there. Again, like the Grand Bazaar, keep your valuables 'hidden' to avoid any pickpockets. Better be safe then sorry. If you are buying a lot from one store, feel free to bargain! ^^ I went there during the weekdays and there is not much of a crowd. By the way, you can try the edibles before buying them to ensure the quality. Give yourself at least 2 hours, so that you can shop at ease without feeling rushed. There is no washroom inside the spice market, if you need one, you need to exit from the spice market to use the washroom outside that is quite near to the spice market. The washroom is bright orange so it is easy to see from a good distance and you will need to pay 1 Turkish lira for it.

Thank Angel_Wong93
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