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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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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul, null
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Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

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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
Morning Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour With Spice Market, Istanbul, Day Cruises
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Morning Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour With Spice Market

The tour will start with a visit to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. Then, you will board for a cruise along the Bosphorus, the waterway separating the two ...  Read more

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

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Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour in Istanbul, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour in Istanbul

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During this 8-hour guided tour you will visit the Spice Bazaar, the Rustempasha Mosque and take a cruise on the Bosphorus. Plus, take a drive along the ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Istanbul Shopping Trip with Turkish Bath, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Istanbul Shopping Trip with Turkish Bath

Treat yourself to two classic Istanbul indulgences – a shopping trip and a Turkish bath – on this 4-hour small-group tour for a maximum of eight people. Start ...  Read more

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

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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul, Istanbul, Hammams & Turkish Baths
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Historic Off the Beaten Path Tour of the Real Istanbul

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See Turkey like a local on this historic off-the-beaten-path tour of the real Istanbul. Go where the locals go, and experience life in the back streets of ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
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Private Tour: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul, Walking Tours
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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.)

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Istanbul Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar Shopping Tour, Istanbul, Private Sightseeing 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.)

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Afternoon Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Pierre Loti, Istanbul, Fashion Shows & Tours
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Afternoon Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour with Pierre Loti

Tour starts with a visit to the Pierre Loti. See the teahouse perched on a ridge overlooking the Golden Horn which was patronized by the French author for ...  Read more

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

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Tour of Istanbul's Two Continents with Lunch Included, Istanbul, Day Trips
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Tour of Istanbul's Two Continents with Lunch Included

Discover the magic of Istanbul with a one day, 7-hour transcontinental Istanbul city tour. Visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul, including the ...  Read more

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

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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill ... 
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Bosphorus Full-Day Sightseeing Tour: Golden Horn and Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Camlica Hill and Dolmabahce Palace

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Sail along the beautiful Golden Horn and Bosphorus and visit three other top Istanbul attractions on this variety-packed full-day sightseeing tour! Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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