Egyptian Bazaar, Istanbul


The Egyptian Bazaar (also known as the Spices Bazaar or Mısır Çarşısı) is a historic market in the center of Istanbul, Turkey. It offers a wide range of goods that are particularly attractive to tourists.

The Egyptian Bazaar is one of the oldest and most famous Istanbul markets, dating back to the 17th century. The market is located in the Eminönü district, near the Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn, and is surrounded by other historical landmarks. It is the second most famous Istanbul market (the first being the Grand Bazaar).

Egyptian Bazaar
Egyptian Bazaar

The widest range of products here includes spices and herbs, such as saffron, sumac, and paprika, which are popularly used in Turkish cuisine. There is also a wide assortment of dried fruits, nuts, and Turkish sweets. For example, you can buy a large variety of the treat called lokum by weight.

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Egyptian Bazaar
Egyptian Bazaar

The atmosphere of the market is interesting. From morning, it is bustling with sellers and buyers, and the colorful stalls and exotic scents of spices and herbs create a lively and pulsating environment. However, the downside can also be overcrowding, as it is indeed a popular place located in the middle of the historical center.

Egyptian Bazaar
Egyptian Bazaar

Another interesting fact is the name, as the word “mısır” has a double meaning in Turkish: “Egypt” and “corn”. Therefore, it is sometimes incorrectly translated as the Corn Bazaar.

Egyptian Bazaar
Egyptian Bazaar

Construction of the Egyptian Bazaar began in 1660, after a great fire that destroyed many districts in the city. It was completed five years later. The building itself is part of the New Mosque complex. Revenues from the rental of shops inside the bazaar building were used for the maintenance of the mosque. Today, there are over 85 shops in the market, making it one of the busiest places in Istanbul.

Happy shopping!

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