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Mısır Çarşısı, Istanbul

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Shop or just feast your eyes on pyramids of colored spices, Turkish delights, and other sweets at Mısır Çarşısı, one of the largest bazaars in the city. This Ottoman-era market was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque. Today the covered shopping complex houses a total of 85 shops selling dried herbs, dried fruits, nuts, jewelry, and caviar. Look for exotic souvenirs here, such as herbal love potions or belly-dancing costumes. Take the opportunity to taste the goods before you buy. By using our Istanbul road trip site , you can arrange your visit to Mısır Çarşısı and other attractions in Istanbul.
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  • Huge market, dedicated to fruits, teas, jams and spices. As is usual in the local culture, invite you to come in and treat you like Kings: insist to to prove the entire store, explain about their products with a lot of patience and good humor. The tactic works: we brought teas, spices and the famous baklava for whole family.
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  • If your holidaying in Istanbul, then you must visit The Spice Bazaar. You will find just about every spice imaginable and Tea's too Come to think of it. If that dosn't take your fancy, there's a varie...  more »
  • I have to begin with saying that I loved this place a lot more than The Grand Bazar. It's a lot smaller and better made if we talk about the space but you will find the same amount of people. Very cro...  more »
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  • A colorful and brilliant experience to simulate most of your senses. The smells, the tastes, the visuals. Vibrant! Full with tourists, one thing or another happening now and then. You can find multiple combinations and interesting experimental flavors of Turkish delights. Hookahs, exotic spices, food, jewelry. When you step out nearby Bazaar there are food stalls to try different things out. It was a colorful walk through the market. Just a watch out don't get intimated by the sellers who come on too strong trying to sell you stuff specially delights. Smile, and take your time, if the price seems reasonable go ahead.
  • Busy, chaotic and packed with shoppers local and tourists. It's just my kind of place. Tons of shops selling spices, groceries and kitchen ware. I can't tell you what half of this stuff is but I would buy the lot and try. It's a foodies heaven with smells that will awaken your senses. Be careful as such places are also frequented by pick pockets. It was heaving when we got there and we had to fight through the crowd of shoppers. Tons of places selling street food to stop for a bite as well. Loved it and despite the crowds would and spend a day here browsing and sampling. It's just my kind of place :-)
  • I love to shop here in the Spice bazaar compared to the Grand Bazaar. The market segment is smaller compared to Grand Bazaar. But it is so crowded especially on weekends. Please sharpen your bargain skill here. Nice market, nice people. All products and goods that being sell in Spice Bazaar is cheaper compared to Grand Bazaar. I really like it!
  • Just behind the grand bazaar. Has exotic spices and foods. Turkish delight sold by kg. Just love it here.
  • Please dont make a mistake of buying anything including turkish delights or teas. They are all scams. All the products displayed there can be bought from malls like istanbul forum's carrefore for 5 lira per kg. They charged us USD 250.for 1 kg tea and 2 Kg turkish delight... what a shame

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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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