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Mısır Çarşısı, Istanbul
(4.2/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Mısır Çarşısı into our Istanbul trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The hustle, the bustle and the bumping and pushing, combined with the sights, sounds and smells make this a must visit. The sellers are no where near as pushy as those at the Grand Bazaar. 
  • If the Grand Bazaar is a place of shopping, I recommend never miss (another day) visit the Spice Bazaar. It is in another area of the city (monumental also and worthy of visiting all around), but to me I loved dive among Turkish spices. I didn't know that there were so many spices for cooking. But well, inside there is everything (of power). They have some delicious sweets that had not seen anywhere in the world. Dried figs... and chocolate. I loved a round chocolate that you sell in bulk to the weight.
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  • Very much smaller than the Grand Bazaar but surrounded by hundreds of smaller shops behind and around it which makes it equal in size and is not as "indoors" so to speak. You will find Spices and much...  more »
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  • So much fun! A perfect place to shop for turkish sweets, nuts, tea, and souvenirs. The sellers are often funny, they will call you left and right to attract you to their stores. Be sure to bargain and get a good price!
  • Fab place, the colour and smell of various spices, all in one place is a great experience one should not miss. Haggling highly recommended. Close to the tram station.
  • We visited in the evening. The lighting and colours are fantastic. You can safely walk all around the bazaar without hassle Lots of lovely stalls selling all the usual Turkish items; plus fish stalls, cheese olives etc. Well woth a visit. And it's opposite the Boat Cruise berths so you can easily do both.
  • The most crowded part of city but very fun . there is a oldest Turkish coffee store in a entrance of Mısır Çarşıs that called : Mehmet efendi kahvecisi which sells a new and fresh coffee. U can find groceries and spicy stores as well. Tramway station is near this Bazzar is called eminonu.
  • Even if it's way smaller than the Grand Bazaar, this market is totally worth the visit (specially if you're a fan of good flavours). I brought back home some delicious spices and teas that I really enjoy using while cooking.