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Egyptian Bazaar

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Grand Bazaar
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Address: Ragip Gumuspala Cad. Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 513 6597
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds are among the many treasures to be...

Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds are among the many treasures to be found at this bazaar also known as the Spice Market.

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A place not to miss!

I am not too keen to go on shopping days, but this one it's not just about shopping, it's about history, it's about folklore, it's about our cultural heritage and a dance of taste... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I am not too keen to go on shopping days, but this one it's not just about shopping, it's about history, it's about folklore, it's about our cultural heritage and a dance of taste and fragrance either you are alone or with your family, but personally I would go alone, I went two times during my holiday but I am... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There were things like dried flowers around, and good turkish delight and other things available, but it was nothing special. However, if you're walking between the grand bazaar and Eminonu square or the piers, you'll go through the Egyptian bazaar along with a lot of steep shopping streets, so it's worth a walk through here.

Thank mrdom
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a place called Cikita in booth No 18 that has the most amazing cranberry Turkish delite covered in pistaschio. It also has baklava. All extremely fresh, organic and great quality ingredients. their phone number=90 212.5272239. The best reash to go to Egypt Bazaar. You will also be able to find all sorts of unique teas, dried fruits, and... More 

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Karachi, Pakistan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is also known as spice bazaar...it is very crowded and for a person like me not a good place to go...the shop keepers entice you and try to fool you. The same things are cheaper out side .

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Amman, Jordan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Store rents inside this covered market are really high, but not as high as the Grand Bazaar, that's why shopping is better in other non-touristic markets or bazaars of Istanbul. You can have a close look at your favorite items while you enjoy the bazaar's unique ambiance and colors, then (if your time allows) purchase these items (same brand/manufacturer) elsewhere... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing all that the grand bazaar has to offer, the spice bazaar won't fascinate you all that much. Fortunately it's a lot smaller, so you could be done looking at all of it in 15 minutes. Be sure to sample all the yummy lokum (Turkish delight) that will be offered to you, but buy only from Malatya Pazar. It's... More 

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Reviewed 7 February 2017

It should be visited after the Grand Bazaar, once your reach there you will witness a great mob of people, so crowded to the extent that you keep pushing away people to go through ahead! But overall it's a unique experience, lots of choices in terms of spices, sweets, clothes, and even handcrafts. Beware of buying from the first price,... More 

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Reviewed 5 January 2017

The Egyptian Bazaar is famous for its spices but you can also get nuts, Turkish delights as well as souvenirs. It is heaving with tourists and locals and you also have a few Turkish cafes nearby as well.

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Whenever I come to Istanbul I ran to you...you have everything i need and you are really friendly and somehow I feel home :) Yes, this year is a bit expensive comparing by previous years but still no one can compete your place in my heart :) Love that place from the bottom of my heart and I hope to... More 

1 Thank Yasmin E
Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Before having actually visited any of the basars in Istanbul, were my expectations more set on the grand basar, rather than on the Egyptian. As it turned out did I enjoy the Misir Carsisi much more due to its colorful and more applicable (at least to me) products. I actually ended up buying plenty of spices that were vacuum packed... More 

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Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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