Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)

Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)

Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
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Spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds are among the many treasures to be found at this bazaar also known as the Spice Market.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • LexiV
    Cleveland, Ohio907 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty but Crowded
    This market is directly across from Yeni Cami Mosque, so it's easy to see both. The interior of the market is beautiful but it's also crowded and overpriced. You are likely to be offered a free piece of Turkish delight or some other treat before a hard sell. No one was aggressive or anything; it's just a very frenetic and chaotic environment. The stalls on the outside of the market were positively mobbed on the Saturday that I visited. It was difficult to even move. I would recommend visiting, but I'm not sure that I would go back on a weekend.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 March 2023
  • TripFan045
    368 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun place to walk through
    Fun place to visit...lots of sites and sounds. It was clearer and more put together than I expected. We did not buy any spices but there were lots of variations of Turkish Delight and we sampled and bought some. Very tasty.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2023
  • Galal E
    Cairo, Egypt55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place to visit when you are in Istanbul
    It was a good experience to visit this nice place today, it is mainly for spices and herbs but there is also gold and silver shops there. Prices are not cheap so you need to ask about the price of any thing you want to buy before hand. Quality is great there
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Adeline C
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty place, overpriced items
    Take pictures, but buy elsewhere unless you are in a hurry. I am not sure if the spices are higher grade than elsewhere in Istanbul, because the prices for spices and dried fruits are double compared to regular shops in Istanbul! However the little shops outside along the roads around the spice market are worth visiting to purchase.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • tinkle_24
    Northampton, United Kingdom1,750 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly a great experience!
    Exceptionally good in our opinion. The colours and scents were intoxicating, love the coloured spices, dried flower teas, olives, nougats, Turkish delight. All so brilliant. Building of arches that reminded us of cathedrals. No shopkeepers dragging you into the shop to buy their products. Only an offering of nougats and Turkish delight for sampling.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • FrequentTraveller034
    Marina del Rey, California607 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tread Carefully
    The stores were pretty much all of the same genre. The displays were mind-boggling with their fragrances and colors. It's so tempting to go in and ask for a teensy bag of our favorite spice. While you taste said spice, they ply you wth samples of "suggested" teas and other spices. So who can resist a taste? By the time you've had a taste of various products, I ended up with 5 bags of teas and spices. Small scoops were used for each bag, much larger scoops that I had intended. Then they air-packed each bag free (Ioved that amenity). And then gave me an air packed bag of free nuts because we bought such a "large order". At that point it hit me that my little bags of spices and teas were going to cost me $98. I was so shocked, I did not ask for a lower price (that's on me!). Always ask for price as you go along and demand (haggle) the customary best price at the end. When I got home I found that the spices were excellent and the teas refreshing.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Patric D
    Sandbach, United Kingdom1,006 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spicy!!
    Well ... there's certainly lots of choice. It's pretty exotic to Western eyes. Lots of spices etc that I simply did not recognise. Many stalls are selling the same of similar things, but itr is a joy to wandre round and sample the complex aromas .
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • amyzengrace
    Amman, Jordan506 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much more than spices!
    So much more than just spices! We wound up here 3 times during our 4-day stay because one of our group had seen something and wanted to return for it, or we remembered someone we needed to get a gift for. Spices, dried fruits, lokum, Turkish souvenirs, cheeses, meats, and on and on and on.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 November 2023
  • jktrock
    Sagamihara, Japan738 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tips about restrooms, tastings and spices
    1. Restrooms: around the corner down the escalator. For a fee 2 definitely come as early as possible. The market gets PACKED later in the day 3. All stalls are the same and the prices are more or less the same 4. Lots of samples to taste 5. Some spices are awesome. Some spices are just blah, meaning they taste and smell great at the bazaar, but once packaged and brought home, absolutely no flavor. I don’t know why. We bought cabin spice that lost all its flavor once we opened it at the house. For some chicken spice, that one tastes amazing
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 January 2024
  • 2058-KW
    St. Albans, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An experience not to miss
    What a unique experience, the colour and the rows and rows of shops selling spices was really special and I was pleased I took this in as part of my trip. Sampled the Turkish Delight, not the jelly stuff but some proper Turkish Delight and immediately decided I needed to take some back. This was vacuum packed to keep it fresh. This is a can’t miss experience,
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 February 2024
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Always a delight to stroll through!

It’s almost sensory overload at this delightful bazaar! Aromatic spices and a rainbow of colours. Merchants are friendly but not pushy, which makes for a very enjoyable browse!

Located in the Eminönü district, the Spice Bazaar can be found just across from the New Mosque. As well, it’s only a few minutes walk to/from the Grand Bazaar.
Written 3 March 2024
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2058-KW
St. Albans, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
What a unique experience, the colour and the rows and rows of shops selling spices was really special and I was pleased I took this in as part of my trip. Sampled the Turkish Delight, not the jelly stuff but some proper Turkish Delight and immediately decided I needed to take some back. This was vacuum packed to keep it fresh. This is a can’t miss experience,
Written 10 February 2024
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jktrock
Sagamihara, Japan738 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
1. Restrooms: around the corner down the escalator. For a fee
2 definitely come as early as possible. The market gets PACKED later in the day
3. All stalls are the same and the prices are more or less the same
4. Lots of samples to taste
5. Some spices are awesome. Some spices are just blah, meaning they taste and smell great at the bazaar, but once packaged and brought home, absolutely no flavor. I don’t know why. We bought cabin spice that lost all its flavor once we opened it at the house. For some chicken spice, that one tastes amazing
Written 26 January 2024
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Kate B
Cheltenham, UK16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautifully restored and clean main hall of the spice market, and then it extends outwards in all sorts of alleyways selling whatever you imagine in different areas - kitchenware, coffees, electronics, toys, tools, soaps and sponges sections etc. Don't understand the reviews here which say there was a lot of hassle, we were left to browse in much more peace than at the grand bazaar. of course people ask if you want to try/buy, but less than in Sultanahmet. Wonderful piles of teas, spices, baklavas etc make this a great place for a leisurely stroll.
Written 9 January 2024
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catgeo
Athens, Greece2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
An advisable must-see experience, but nothing more than that. We bought half a kilo of Turkish delicacies and two very small bags of fruit tea varieties for 1,600 Turkish lira. Outrageously expensive prices that really rob the customers.
Written 2 January 2024
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jim790
Derry, UK120 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Just okay, nothing home to recommend. If you did not see it, don't worry about it.
All hype for tourist

Written 31 December 2023
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tulip579
Chicago103 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Vendors are friendly but dishonest and overcharge customers. I would recommend a visit, but definitely don’t buy here!!!
Written 31 December 2023
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saousam c
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Stay away from crooks and thieves. It's pretty nice place but full of crooks. You may visit and take some pics and run
Written 16 December 2023
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA1,931 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Been in existence since 1664. Abundant spices, teas, caviars, dry fruits and sweets. Also sold Turkish lamps, tea sets, and natural sea sponges. You can buy the quantity of spices desired and the vendor will seal the bag for you to take home. Not too busy and worthwhile just browsing.
Written 4 December 2023
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Moniaits
London, UK1,468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Impressive after the extensive renovations - both architecturally and of course of content. Amazing selection of spices and of traditional Turkish delicacies. A very enjoyable visit.
Written 29 November 2023
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