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Spice Bazaar – Istanbul, Turkey

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Mısır Çarşısı

90 212 513 6597
Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi,
34116, Istanbul, Turkey

www.misircarsisi.org

OPEN HOURS:
8:00 – 19:30 Daily

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Tucked behind the Yeni Mosque – adjacent to the Flower Market – one can discover the destination for plants, seeds, spices and birds  You find yourself in one of the oldest covered bazaars in Istanbul; known as the Egyptian or Spice Bazaar.  It was founded by the mother of Sultan Murat III, with the intention of creating some monetary assistance for the Yeni (New) Mosque during its construction and to help in it’s upkeep.

The Egyptian bazaar is well known for it’s natural medicines, spices, custom flower essences and traditional Turkish sweets. This was by far our favorite bazaar in Istanbul.  Filled with beautiful stores; some very old and some very new all overflowing with ceramics, textiles, chess sets, beans & baubles.

A good tip for purchasing spices is to ask for vacuum packing. Most of the shops offer this service and you are sure to keep your powders dry and full of flavour on your journeys.

A special spot was the Cennet Turkish Paradise 48.  There you can peruse lovely jewelry and embroidered textiles

Friendly note: Unless you really need to kill the curiosity or have need for cheap asian imports, don’t bother shopping to the Grand Bazaar.

 

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Arasta Bazaar – Istanbul, Turkey

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Arasta Bazaar

90 212 517 6813
Arasta Çarşısı No:143,
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey

www.arastabazaar.com

OPEN HOURS:
9:00  –  19:00  Daily

This is bazaar is located behind the Sultan Ahmed Mosque mosque. Situated on the site of 17th century stables; the Arasta bazaar is small and extremely touristic – full of neatly arranged gift shops . It’s not a place to go on a dedicated trip; it is a good resting stop between Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Mosaic Museum – or a place to burn time or grab a bite in case the above are not open yet.

Though like any of Istanbul’s many Bazaars, the Arasta is good place to look at the different Turkish handcrafts.

We did find one excellent non-tchotchke spot that stood out selling lamps.

 

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