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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. 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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  • August 19, 2017
    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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  • August 16, 2017
    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 »
  • August 13, 2017
    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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  • Nice small market that is a lot smaller than grand bazaar. I loved the colours and smell of the spices. It's very evocative. I didn't buy anything but just a nice place to stroll around.
  • Value to visit. Entrance fee 85tl if use museum pass card. The pass can use for few other museum also. Big area to cover dis place.
  • Nice indoor market offering spices, clothes, souvenirs and food. In fact the Spice market is only the beginning of a much larger outdoor area just behind the market hall extending in all directions with almost everything on sale one can imagine.
  • This is a must for people visiting Istanbul. It's a safe place compared to other covered markets in south Mediterranean but you still need to be a bit careful while enjoying the atmosphere
  • Nice building, enter to enjoy the style of the domes. Ok to visit, though quite touristic. Very similar to Gran Bazaar.

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