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"Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carisisi)" Eminonu District Tip by hekate

Eminonu District, Istanbul: 5 reviews and 10 photos

  Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carisisi)
by hekate

Much smaller than the Grand Bazaar, and I guess less touristic too.

People say that the Grand Bazaar is known for its colors and noises,while one things about the Spice Bazaar the first acociation are the smells and tastes.

Here is where you can find all manner of Turkish Delight (lokum), baklava, local delicacies – including the dubious sounding “Turkish Viagra”, teas and Turkish coffee, and dried fruits. Here you can also find olive oil soap. Here and there you can find jewelry and some other goods.

But what the market is really famous for is that you can find all kinds of spices there. On the picture you can see the containers overflowing with colorful spices.

Some history:
It was built in 1660 by the architect Kasim Aga for the mother of Sultan Murat IV, Hatice Turhan Sultan. The Egyptian Bazaar is Istanbul's second covered bazaar. It is L shaped in plan, a building that borders two sides of the park beside Yeni Cami. The structure was restored in 1943.

There are six gates and 88 shops.

Monday to Saturday, from 8:30am to 6:30 pm.


Near the Galata Bridge right next to New Mosque (Yeni Camii)

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2005
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