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  • Address: Cicek Pasari Sokak, Istanbul 34357, Turkey
  • Hours: Closed weekends
  • Admission: Free

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Egyptian Spice Bazaar

The heady scents of saffron, cloves and sugar fill the air at the electric Egyptian Spice Bazaar, or Misir Carsisi, one of Istanbul's oldest markets. Aisle after aisle, more than 85 lively stallholders sell their wares in this cavernous covered market, built in 1660, under the vaulted ceiling lit by Turkish lamps.

This is a place to simply dive in and wander the crowded stalls. Baskets filled with every spice under the sun add colors of gold, orange, yellow and green, while the array of dried fruits and nuts is impressive. Travelers can stop for a tea, pause to chat with a carpet seller or stock up on Turkish delights, dried apricots, pistachios, homemade sweets and walnuts. Visitors can also find Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the premier supplier of coffee in Istanbul, at the corner of Hasircilar Caddesi. Those in a rush are missing the point.

Practical Info

The Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar) is in Eminönü, next to the waterfront Yeni Mosque. It is a few blocks north of the Grand Bazaar and closer to the water. Visitors will find the ferry terminal just across the road by the Galata Bridge. The bazaar is open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on weekdays. It's closed during most religious and public holidays.

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Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul, null
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Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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Begin the tour with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul's most colorful and bustling attractions. Then take an unforgettable cruise ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.75
Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

4 star rating: Recommended 218 Reviews

Explore the aromatic maze of stalls that make up Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, and then hop aboard a sightseeing boat for a jaunt along the famous Bosphorus Strait! ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3-4 hours

From USD $40.00
Istanbul Shore Excursion: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Istanbul Shore Excursion: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul Egyptian Bazaar

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When your cruise ship docks in Istanbul, head out on a 3.5-hour shore excursion to visit the city’s famous Spice Bazaar and then cruise along the Bosphorus ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Istanbul Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar Shopping Tour, Istanbul, Ports of Call Tours
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Istanbul Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar Shopping Tour

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Enjoy a dose of traditional Turkish retail therapy at Istanbul’s two best-known bazaars on this 4-hour shopping tour with a local guide. Roam the herb, ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.54
Istanbul Super Saver: Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show, ... 
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Istanbul Super Saver: Bosphorus Cruise and Egyptian Spice Market Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

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Sightsee in Istanbul and save the pennies, too, on this exciting Super Saver that combines a market visit and cruise with an evening folklore show and dinner! ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $120.00
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