(Spice) Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı, built
1664), at the southern end of the
Bridge near the Eminönü
ferry docks (map), is
filled with the fragrance of the
dried fruits, cheeses, sausages, jams, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish
Delight) and other edibles fill
most of the shops, though jewelry
and other high-margin goods have
begun to move in.
no wonder: this is prime retail space,
right at the southern end of the Galata
Bridge on the Golden
Horn in the Eminönü district,
right next to the New Mosque (Yeni
After extensive renovations, the Spice Bazaar re-opened in May 2018.
||Spices, nuts, dried fruits, cheese, jams & snacks in abundance!
through the market (free, 1/2 hr, open 7 days a week),
and if you have the time, stroll for
another hour through the surrounding
bazaar streets on all sides of the market building.
Caddesi, the narrow bazaar
street running west from the market
building, is particularly colorful,
with lots more shops selling spices,
snacks and housewares.
few blocks westward along Hasircilar
is the Rüstem
Pasha Mosque, one of
Istanbul's finest small architectural
can take my Istanbul
Bazaars Walking Tour along Uzunçarşı
Caddesi from the Grand
Bazaar downhill through the Tahtakale market
district to the Rüstem
Pasha Mosque, and Hasırcılar
ending up at the Egyptian Bazaar—a
great way to explore Istanbul's most
famous markets in only an hour or
easiest way to get to the Egyptian
Market from Sultanahmet is
via the Kabataş-Bağcılar
tram along Divan
Yolu to Eminönü.
—by Tom Brosnahan
and snacks fill shops
in the Mısır Çarşısı (Egyptian,
or Spice, Bazaar) by the Golden