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Misir Carsisi (Spice Market): Tours & Tickets

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With roots dating back to 1660, this is one Istanbul's most famous bazaars. It’s also the place to pick up tea, Turkish coffee, sweets, jewelry, pottery, dried fruits and nuts. Haggling is welcome.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 | Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116, Turkey
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It is a beautiful invasion against your smelling, eyes, and taste buds. While the scent is engulfing you, the vibrant rainbow colors of the countless spices are making a delightful show, and while smelling the sweetness of the cloves and cinnamon are caressing your tongue,...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank stinkwink
Reviewed yesterday

Lots of things to shop at, most people are friendly and willing to show you their wares. Lots of spices to buy but most things can also be found in the grand bazzar as well.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Crenations
Reviewed yesterday

An assault of colour, variety, and artwork made from mounds and sacks of spices. Hundreds of stalls, all selling pretty much the same thing. Spices and sweets. The displays are fantastic. Not sure what you could do with kilos of nutmeg or ground ginger, but...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank IanGeelong1
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place is very old.And it is thought to be about 61 meters high. This place welcomes many tourists.Hezarfen flew 3558 metre from the galata tower to the üsküdar. Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) A vast labyrinth of little streets lined with over 4000 shops selling...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank trtektim
Reviewed 2 days ago

Many shops selling Spices, dry fruits, Turkish delight, Ice creams and many more. Very congested and crowded. A good place to get the local flavor.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Purnendu S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed my visit to the Market and was fascinated to see the pyramids of different spices on offer. Would recommend a visit here.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank judeloc
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a smaller, more civilized version of the Grand Bazaar, focusing on spices, teas, and sweets. Sampling is encouraged so be sure and arrive hungary. Prices are higher than some of the smaller street vendors, but they can be negotiable if you are buying...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ROCtraveler30
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So much on sale. Is in two or more sections. One with pointless security. Indoors in a newish or newishly restored building ang the other outside in narrower streets. Endless hawkers, all foods. Shopper shuffle. No parking.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice place to visit, you find anything with good prices. You can even have turkish tea with some delights, or you can walk around and see the colorful beautiful stores.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank nancyperlak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Too many things to see! An action packed market filled with anything and everything. Impossible to see everything in one day, but a must stop for everyone.

Date of experience: October 2019
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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
...More
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Mauicruiser
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Response from NChopra55 | Reviewed this property |
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Soleil T
28 September 2015|
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Response from MikeB9646HP | Reviewed this property |
The Egyption / spice Bazaar official opening times are 08:00 to 19:00 daily Monday to Saturday Closed Sunday also 29th October and full duration of any religious holidays. regards Mike
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Response from fenlaDublin | Reviewed this property |
When I was there last February, the Spice (Egyptian) Bazar was open on the Sunday, but perhaps it has changed since then.
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