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Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi)
Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi)

Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi)

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3,427 Reviews
Cicek Pasari Sokak, Istanbul, 34357

The Basics

Smaller than the Grand Bazaar but still sprawling, the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, is a feast for the senses. Built originally as part of the New Mosque complex, the bazaar is a popular central place to purchase herbs, spices and spice mixes, tea, dried fruit, dried meat, and other delicacies.

Many private and small-group tours of Istanbul combine a visit to the Spice Bazaar with stops at the Grand Bazaar and other places in Sultanahmet, including the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

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Excellent!!
Andrea_A, Aug 2021
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar
Erol was an amazing tour guide, he had a lot of knowledge and made the history of Istanbul very entertaining. He was so patient with the questions and even took pictures of us. Would 100% recommend, he'll make your tour extremely enjoyable.
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Excellent tour
Neha_M, Jul 2021
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar
Absolutely loved the tour. I was with my parents and Erol was extremely patient and explained everything in detail. His vast knowledge was immediately evident. He set the pace according to his clients. I would highly recommend him.
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definitely worth is
sadia, Dec 2020
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar
My tourguide was very helpful and brought a headscarf for the mosques and sanitiser. The sites were gorgeous and we did a tea tasting in the end which was fun.
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Awesome Old City Tour!
Sean_S, Sep 2020
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar
We highly recommend this tour. Erol was very informative and was able to answer all of our questions. I would recommend anyone traveling to Istanbul to experience this half-day tour.
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Amazing Experience
Gerald L, Sep 2019
Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar
Erol was fantastic!! Visited the beautiful city of Istanbul together with my wife for honeymoon. Erol knowledge about Istanbul provided us with a very interesting insights on the various history and culture of the city. We highly recommend anyone who is visiting the city to try and do this on the first day. He also provided us with lots of pro tips to find the best food and places. 5 stars for sure!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Spice Bazaar is a must-visit for all first-time visitors to Istanbul, especially foodies.

  • Wear comfortable shoes to wander around the bazaar.

  • Some vendors accept major credit cards but have some cash on hand.

  • Don’t be afraid to haggle—in fact, it’s tradition and expected.

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How to Get There

The Spice Bazaar is located next to the New Mosque in bustling Eminonu Square, which is a transit hub and easily reachable by many forms of transportation—take a taxi, bus, ferry, or tram to the Eminonu stop. The bazaar is also within walking distance of key attractions in the historical neighborhood of Sultanahmet and the Grand Bazaar.

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When to Get There

The Spice Bazaar is open every day from 8am (9:30am on Sundays) to evening, typically around 7:30pm. The Spice Bazaar is popular with locals and visitors alike, so arrive early in the day to beat the crowds.

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How to Haggle

Haggling for a better price is expected in the Spice Bazaar. Decide in advance what you would like to pay and suggest a price that is lower than that, as the vendor will try to haggle it up. Always be willing to walk away from a purchase. Often the vendor will bring down the price as you are leaving.

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Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi)