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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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  • main point here : the deeper you go the better prices you get. haggle, dont hesitate to leave the shop and go to the next one. all products are from the same sources and all shops offer the same exact...  more »
  • Istanbul was the surprise packet in our holiday trip in 2012. We loved every minute and was so disappointed that we only booked 3 nights. The visit to the Spice Bazaar was the highlight, and one can e...  more »
  • Eminuno bus stop where you get the cruise for Bosphorus, the spice bazaar is just across the street. its a nice place to buy local products like spices, tea, candies as well as souvenirs... remember t...  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.