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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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Also known as the Spice Bazaar

A place to fill your senses with. Smells, sights and sounds. And they're all good. The Turkish delight we sampled there was exquisite. Spices were all very fresh, and the people... read more

Reviewed 24 June 2013
Fresno, California
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 June 2013 via mobile

Definitely a place that deserves a visit, especially if you come from a western country, where surely don't have this kind of markets. The bazar is full of colourful spices and tasty sweets but be aware that it is a well equipped trap for tourists. They will ask you to try their delicious things, smelling the hundreds types of spices...while... More 

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Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2013

A place to fill your senses with. Smells, sights and sounds. And they're all good. The Turkish delight we sampled there was exquisite. Spices were all very fresh, and the people friendly.

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 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... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 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... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 8 June 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... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 5 June 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... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 5 June 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... More 

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Reviewed 4 June 2013

Lotsa spice shops. The place to shop for your turkish delights, tea and other spices. You get your usual souvenirs as well and walk further on and you find great unique shops selling jewellery, clothes...

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2013 via mobile

This place is filled with beauty, whether the vast array of colors across the market or the range of smells as you wander from teas to spices to fish and on and on. There is quite a bit of replication of items with not a lot of variety once you get an idea of what's there. My personal favorites were... More 

Thank Timoteyo
Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

if you wonder where to get nice and lovely souvenirs, look no further this Bazaar has it all Turkish sweets, monuments magnetic shaped; folkloric clothes, handmade crafts, all your dreams would come true in this Bazaar

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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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