Discover Istanbul and its historical bazaars
Egyptian Bazaar, also known as the Spice Bazaar is colourful and authentic bazaar where various spices, dried fruits, basketry, jewelry, souvenirs and haberdashery is sold. The smells and tastes of Turkey are awaiting to be tried in this covered bazaar.
The historical Egyptian Bazaar is one of the largest bazaars in the city of Istanbul. The market was the international trade center of the Ottoman. Today, it is a colourful and authentic bazaar famous for its herbalists and many interesting souvenirs, also the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.
Its name is Egyptian Bazaar because it was built with the revenues from the Ottoman eyalet of Egypt in 1660. The bazaar is the center for spice trade in Istanbul. Spice Bazaar has a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.
No visit to Istanbul is complete without stopping by the atmospheric Spice Bazaar.
Make sure to visit the Egyptian Bazaar, more colourful and vibrant in Ramadan than their usual.
Egyptian Bazaar, which is another place to buy authentic goods, is also called the Spice Bazaar. You can find a variety of souvenirs, such as porcelain cups and glasses.
Many different types of spices from various regions of Turkey and other Eastern countries are sold here. Mystical smells and exotic aromas of various spices. Here, the attractive smells of cumin, mint, cinnamon and countless other herbs and spices create an amazing ambiance.
If you want to take home some traditional desserts or candies, the bazaar is the best place to visit. This large covered market delights the eyes and nose with its wide range of dried fruits, many kinds of tea, fresh ground Turkish coffee, and of course the famous Turkish delight.
There are also many shops selling vegetables, flowers, fish etc. In the Spice Bazaar, there are so many colourful choices that it is hard to know what to eat first.
Location: Egyptian Bazaar, located in the Eminonu quarter of the Fatih district. It is behind the New Mosque.
Opening Times: All shops in the Egyptian Bazaar open from Monday to Saturday 08:00 - 19:00, apart from religious and public holidays. It is open on Sundays 09:30 - 19:00.