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Mısır Çarşısı, Istanbul

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Stroll the aisles of Mısır Çarşısı to experience the smells, sounds, and tastes of Turkey. The large covered market is second only to the Grand Bazaar in the Turkish capital. Built in 1660, this was historically the hub of Istanbul's spice trade, and it continues to be today. Venture to the Eminonu quarter of the Fatih district to discover more than 80 different vendors selling spices, traditional Turkish delights and other sweets, dried fruits, nuts, and souvenirs. Try your luck at bargaining for your purchase, or just savor the intense, pleasing smells that the many spices offer. Plan a Istanbul trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • FROM CRUISE SHIP TO SPICE MARKET ON YOUR OWN. TAXI - they are required to have their meter on BUT they will NOT take you unless you agree to the price they ask for. TO THE SPICE MARKET @ 5 pm rush.....  more
    FROM CRUISE SHIP TO SPICE MARKET ON YOUR OWN. TAXI - they are required to have their meter on BUT they will NOT take you unless you agree to the price they ask for. TO THE SPICE MARKET @ 5 pm rush.....  more »
  • It’s a great place to visit and smell the spices, sweets and to experience the history of the market! It’s not easy just to look as you’re constantly hassled to buy something so be firm and say no... 
    It’s a great place to visit and smell the spices, sweets and to experience the history of the market! It’s not easy just to look as you’re constantly hassled to buy something so be firm and say no...  more »
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  • It was really interesting place!! Thought we were in Japan. Everybody talked to us in very fluent Japanese, asking to take a look the store. Never seen so many non Japanese speaks so good Japanese. Some could even have very good conversations. Besides mixture of culture, the building were newer and nicer, and easier to find same store later, we end up shopping a lot of stuff here since they have more than spices. Every shop offer you to sample Turkish delights, so just by going through the bazaar, you can get full. Very interesting place.
  • Some things are a good deal and many things are not. It's a major tourist trap. You have to really know what you're doing. I recommend the vendors and shops outside versus those inside. The deals for the same goods improve drastically within just a few feet. I do recommend a visit though. Certainly a unique experience. The aromas, which are mainly good, will make you dizzy.

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