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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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  • Altogether more modest in scale and simpler in layout than the Grand Bazaar, and in some ways more enjoyable too. There is some lovely, good value produce here---so why is Turkish food often so plain ...  more »
  • We loved this market as a spectical , the buzziness is infectious. We only went to view as had no interest in buying anything but loved how the traders think that tourists are mugs . The atmosphere is...  more »
  • Smaller and quieter than the Grand Bazaar, as the name suggests, the Spice Bazaar is full of spices, as well as herbs, tea, tea sets, chocolates and, of course, Turkish Delight. Everyone was so friend...  more »
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  • I loved this place, Turkish people are so friendly . They understand what it is to be kind to everyone. I ate so many Turkish delights for free that I bought them for no reason, just to help out. I got offered food from strangers and some even became our friends. Even a homeless guy offered me his pizza. It’s a good place to visit if you are hungry lol.
  • I was expecting a traditional bazaar with stalls full of merchandise and vendors coming out to hassle. It was completely the opposite. Firstly, I had to go through a security scanner and then enter a clean and well organised arcade. The stalls were well stocked with their well displayed goods. There wasn’t the expected haggling that we had encountered in our visits to the various bazaars throughout the Middle East. It was just too ordered. I suspect that the rent is high and punters will not get much of a bargain when they are interested in the goods.
  • The root of the bazaar language is based on the words Persian '' Jahar '' (four) and '' Su '' (side, street) The bazaar that is used to shop where the shops are located; in a busy place or in the center of a city suitable for shopping in a city, the streets and squares are covered with two sides turned into shops, covered or open. The bazaars that are located in various neighborhoods of the big cities are called the bazaars. The combination of the shops according to the type of the sold-out people has caused the names of the bazaars, the bazaars and the jewelry shops to be born. The long main streets and bazaars consisting of streets leading to it form the most active urban area of ​​the city throughout the day. Having a strategic location between East and West, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, Istanbul has become one of the most vibrant trade centers in both Byzantine and Ottoman times. On the one hand, Balkans and Europe on the other hand, extending to the northern Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula, Istanbul was on the transit trade route. Commodities such as silk fabrics, spices, precious stones, textiles and carpets from East and Arabia are gathered in Istanbul to be taken to Europe.
  • As a tourist I recommend buying here instead of the Grand bazaar, you can find the same products with lower prices. And remember, you need to bargain and ask for better prices always. This is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Built in 1597, it's the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. It has a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.
  • Recently renovated and restored, the building is beautiful. The overall feel of the place is touristy, with many tour groups rushing through to see the spices and buy their Turkish delights. While I enjoyed seeing the spices on display, and the architecture of the building, I enjoyed walking in the surrounding streets more.
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