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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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  • A quick tour of this tourist 'must do'. Lots of people and lots of noise but fairly standard eastern spice market if a bit bigger. Unfortunately one is never sure if the offerings are everything that ...  more »
  • I mean, it's cool to walk through once. The colors, smells, flavors, all encamped within a lovely temple. I get it. But it's still at its core a spice shopping mall and one frankly sterilized and slig...  more »
  • A colorful Bazaar that has an impressive atmosphere with lots of people walking around. It is renovated an looks georgous. You can check the pictures to get an idea.  more »
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  • Absolutely loved this place! Maybe it’s because I love food and different spices. To me this is a must when you travel to Istanbul! Perfect for a backpacker if you want to have some authentic Turkish flavours to bring home into your own kitchen or just walk around and smell the amazing spices!
  • Tourist trap. Everything over priced. Ask many shops before buying something because price differs A LOT between different shops for the same thing. If you are a tourist, negotiate the price! They will definitely give you an expensive price first.. Don't exchange EUR or USD as exchange rate is also a tourist trap. Ask for street with all the exchange offices, you get much better rate there.
  • Recommend this to anyone visiting Istanbul. It's a great experience and every few meters you get stopped by the shop keepers to taste their amazing sweets. I don't really know about the prices here because we only came to look around, but I assume it involves a lot of negotiation. Either way, check it out.
  • Never will I ever consider buying anything here, as every single item is extremely overpriced, BUT! Just look at the atmosphere of this bazaar, this place is simply marvelous!! Traders luring tourists into their shops and offering free samples, purring in their ear about the high quality if the product the are selling and insisting on giving a serious discount! Fragrant spices, sweet rahat-lukum, soap, jewelry, cheese, souvenirs etc This place is full of color and must be visited just for the hell of it!! One of the most interesting sights in Istanbul
  • The bazaar is in a beautiful structure with lovely ceilings. A colorful display of spices, Turkish delight sweets, teas and a few jewelery shops. They was a cured meat shop with an interesting display of Turkish sausages and meats.
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