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Egyptian Bazaar

Ragip Gumuspala Cad. Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 212 513 6597
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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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“turkish delight” (112 reviews)
“spice market” (76 reviews)
“misir carsisi” (13 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Ragip Gumuspala Cad. Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 212 513 6597
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Reviewed 3 July 2013 via mobile

...just across the square from the New Mosque is the Spice Bazaar. After your soul has been regenerated I just love to "get lost" in the Spice Bazaar. The building is actually fantastic especially from the outside where you can see the structure but... Just...More

Thank Travelaround59
Reviewed 28 June 2013

Fantastic. This was really busy and gave a great flavour of the working life. We really enjoyed walking round, tasting the spice, nuts and fruits. Well worth leaving the market and exploring neighbouring streets and cafes.

Thank DJD2013
Reviewed 26 June 2013

Perhaps this is unfair, but 36 years ago on my first trip to Istanbul, one could actually STROLL through the spice bazaar, absorbed by the electric colors and the exotic Arabian Nights quality of the place—fascinating, oriental, strange. Nowadays, however, the place is simply a...More

2  Thank oborozuki
Reviewed 25 June 2013

We went through the spice bazaar a few times, and each time we found different things we hadn't seen before. It's amazing, and at the weekend, especially Fridays & Saturdays, it's really really busy, but definitely well worth the experience

Thank Cha-Cha-G
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....More

1  Thank L0renza
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.

Thank purucker51
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...More

Thank Lee F
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...More

Thank TravelReviewer8391
Reviewed 9 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....More

2  Thank spf701
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)...More

2  Thank Hexy
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
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The directions should read 10 shops to the RIGHT of the toy stores. Tried to delete and redo this but TripAdvisor posted.
8 October 2015|
Response from NChopra55 | Reviewed this property |
Drop the review and write a fresh review
Soleil T
Hello, Can anyone tell me when the Spice Bazaar/Eqyptian Bazaar opens? I have been to Istanbul many times and love it for shopping. I'll be flying in overnight in December and wanted to go early-as soon as it opens--so I can buy a few things, then go directly to the airport to catch my flight home. I go to a store in the bazaar that sells designer bags and they have very good quality and selection. I read the bazaar opens at 8am but I wanted to ask if anyone knew if that were true or if the actual shops open later---I will only have an hr to shop..any info would be appreciated..thanks!
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
Whats the opening hours for the Bazaar? Is the nearest tram station Eminonu?
20 August 2015|
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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.