Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı) (Istanbul)

Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı) (Istanbul)

Spice Bazaar or Egyptian Bazaar is a small market that fits about 85 stores. Of course it is not comparable to the much larger Grand Bazaar, but it is still a notable landmark of Istanbul. Spice Bazaar offers a wide selection of spices, a huge selection of cosmetics, perfumes, medicines, fragrant teas, groceries, dry fruit and numerous exotic herbs.


Cami Meydanı Sok

Trolley: Eminönü

Open: 8am- 7pm Mon- Sat


Description of Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar

Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı) (Istanbul)  Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı) (Istanbul)

Spice Bazaar was established in the 17th century and originally was known as the New Bazaar of Istanbul. However in 1660 it was largely increased by revenues donated by the Ottoman Turkish province (eyalet) of Egypt, hence it became widely known as an Egyptian Bazaar.


In the old days most of pharmacists were also perfumers as the source of their drugs and perfumes were plants and flowers. Spice Bazaar became famous for both. Aphrodisiacs were particularly famous since Medieval Period. Keep in mind that in Oriental markets it is customary to bargain, wine and complain about the price. It is more than simple shopping. It is more of the experience.