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Spice Bazaar

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Spice Bazaar.

Spice Bazaar features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Istanbul City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Delight to the senses
  • Delicious Turkish delicacies

Time required: 50 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Mon - Sat: 9am - 7pm
Sundays: Closed

Public transport:

  • Tram Line T1: Eminönü stop

Address: Rüstem Pasa Mh, 34116 Istanbul

Things you need to know:

  • Egyption or Spice Market is a large covered shopping complex in Istanbul's Eminönü neighborhood. It is part of the New Mosque building complex
  • It was built in 1660 to help finance the mosque's construction and its maintenance
  • The name of the market derives from the fact that, once, spice imported from Egypt was the main commodity sold here
  • Nowadays the market has shifted towards satisfying the tourist trade selling goods such as small souvenirs, T-Shirts, pistachios and almonds, coffee and tea or Belly-dancing outfits
  • Stalls running along the outside walls still sell spices. The spice market remained the center of the spice trade in Istanbul
  • The building has an "L"-shape and holds 88 vaulted rooms. It is the second largest shopping complex in Istanbul after the Grand Bazaar

What to do there:

  • Just walking past all the shops with their many nuts, dried fruits, teas, candies and spices is a pure delight
  • Bargain hunting is the key as most items are offered initially for 15-50% more
  • Try some candied chestnuts. They are traditional Turkish sweets

Tips & Insights:

  • It's a lot smaller than the Grand Bazaar, but you will find it more pleasant
  • The merchants usually are less aggressive and more amicable
  • We recommend not buying the 8in1 or 12in1 tea packs. They are of very poor quality

Spice Bazaar features in these preplanned City Guides: