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The Spice Bazaar
The Spice Bazaar

The Spice Bazaar

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Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
+90 212 513 65 97
http://www.misircarsisi.org/
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The Spice Bazaar is located in Eminonu next to the New Mosque and just south of Galata Bridge. It is the second largest bazaar after the Grand Bazaar. The Turkish name, Mısır Çarşısı, means ... Read more
alternately "Egyptian" or "Corn Bazaar." There are two main streets lined with shops selling spices, dried fruits, nuts, tea, porcelain and other handicrafts. Immediately adjacent to the western exit is the Mehmet Efendi coffee shop, which sells the finest Turkish coffee in the city. The Spice Bazaar lies at the heart of one of Istanbul's busiest shopping districts. One tip to getting a good deal is checking out the shops in the neighboring streets, where goods are often significantly cheaper.

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Tehran

Spices is the most important part of food's taste. I bought very good spices from there. they are expert to mixing spices.

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Merriam

Row after row of interesting stalls selling everything imaginable. Be sure to note hours if visiting in a holiday.

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Marsaxlokk

Visiting the Spice Bazaar was unexpectedly enjoyable. It is a large market with stall after stall selling different, colourful spices but not only. You can find Turkish delight, various tea and also caviar amongst other product. For us the star was the Iranian saffron with the price per gram more expensive than gold. The merchant we bought from was very knowledgeable and friendly and vacuum packed all our purchases.

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Foster City

Spice Bazaar is next to Galata Bridge. I discovered it by just walking around looking for busy streets and follow where most people go, best way to see the city!

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Dubai

A visit is a must, haggle merchants for a lower prices, or take a stroll outside it, in the back alleys to find same stuff with lower prices.

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Norwich

Busy market with lots of spices & goodies to buy. My top would be to also go outside & explore the market which sells pets etc. Look out for the leeches!

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San Jose

After you've finished a Bosphorus tour off Eminonu, head across the road to the spice market. The sights, the sounds, the colors! The shopfolk can be a bit aggressive, but they're all friendly; if you're up for a bit of fun (and/or mischief), indulge them and interact - you may come out with some laughter, some stories, and a lot of food samples.

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San Francisco

The Spice Bazaar is like a vacation for your sense of smell. You'll see all kinds of spices from paprika to saffron.

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San Marcos

I liked the Spice Bazaar better than the Grand Bazaar because it is a lot smaller. The salespeople are not as pushy either. It is a good place to shop for souvenirs before heading home.

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San Diego

Wow, this place is amazing! A little more manageable than the Grand Bazaar, it is where the locals shop so you might get a little bit better prices on things. The bargaining is different. When in the Grand Bazaar you try to get your item for 40-50% of the original asking price. In the Spice Bazaar it is more like buy 5, get one free, or other bulk discounts. They are super friendly and will offer you samples of tea and Turkish delight. Bring your sense of humor and willingness to be carried along by the large crowds.

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Berlin

Maybe it's just because I live in a Turkish neighborhood in Amsterdam, but the spice bazaar to me was nothing special. All the stalls look identical and I didn't find anything particularly interesting that I wouldn't be able to find in my own neighborhood. It's definitely a tourist destination, but one that I walked through in about 5 minutes and went on to better things.

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Bedford

The Spice Bazaar is smaller than the more famous Grand Bazaar, and seemed more geared to locals than tourists. I found prices to generally be better in this area although vendors were also less willing to haggle. Either way, this is a fantastic place to take in the authentic sights and smells!

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Pittsford

This is an extension of the Grand Bazaar with the spices and teas and such from many different places. The displays are well done and they like to talk with you about what the various spices and teas are best used for. Take your time and immerse yourself and the sights, sounds and smells of this place.

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Menlo Park

This place is amazing. So many colors and smells. Any kind of spice you could imagine from all around the world. A good place to get saffron for a great price if you know what you are looking for.

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Moss Beach

Full of people and beautiful displays of spices (of course!) and soap and towels from the hamams, beans, candies, and dried mushrooms. I got some "quality" (I hope) saffron and a woven towel. Next visit I'm bringing an empty suitcase so I can bring home more gifts. Remember, you can bargain, you can just say no and walk away, and you can take wonderful photos of all the colorful products and people.

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Beirut

This another bazar-like souk is also called the "Egyptian Bazaar" as in old times it was the trade place between Egyptian goods and Turkish ones. Here you can find very rare herbs and spices, very exotic, like no where else in the world, for extremely delicious aroma teas and for sprucing up your cooking. (other common souvenirs and bric-a-bracs are also on display here)

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Union City

When I came to Istanbul, I was a little more excited about the Spice Bazaar than the Grand Bazaar because I came in search of some good Turkish tea. I ended up leaving with a lot more tea than I expected to leave with... oh and some delicious Turkish delights.

It's a great place for photography because there are stands upon stands of teas and spices and sweets. To me, it had a little more of a local flair to it than the Grand Bazaar.

The streets surrounding the Spice Market also seemed pretty lively, but we didn't end up having too much time to spend in that area. Maybe next time.

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Santa Rosa

I'm not one for crowded overpriced tourist traps, so after a few minutes of being miserable at the Grand Bazaar we decided to check out the Spice Market.

Much smaller and low profile than it's more famous cousin. The Spice Bazaar is much quieter and has more useful things at better prices. The shop owners are not as aggressive and the pressure to purchase is pretty much non existent.

I love this place and highly recommend spending a few minutes here.

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Huntington Beach

I loved this bazaar!!!
It was smaller than the Grand Bazaar and really easy to navigate.
The sights and smells were fantastic and I found myself wandering back day after day.
You can find any type of Spice or Tea that you you want.
I would suggest maybe trying and then maybe buying some Apple Tea,a local delicacy that is delicious.

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Santa Cruz

This is one of my favorite places to go in Istanbul. Not just the covered bazaar, but all the small side streets surrounding it. I've seen some interesting sights exploring the area, and found some delicious seasonings and treats as well. There are endless photographic opportunities around here between the products, the vendors and the customers. In addition to spices, you can also find a small sample of the kinds of things you find at the Grand Bazaar, often for better prices. If you only hit one Bazaar in Istanbul, this is definitely the one to aim for.

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