Spice Bazaar, also known as (Mısır Çarşısı) which means the Egyptian Bazaar, is the first address for those looking for traditional Turkish flavors in Istanbul for centuries. Thousands of spices from Asia and Africa to the east of our country, Turkish delight, and the Turkish market. In 2015, the famous market newly opened jewelers and souvenirs and selling shops, mystic atmosphere with its customer’s shopping provides an amusement journey to history.
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Where İs Egyptian Bazaar?
Egyptian Bazaar is located in Eminonu, just across the Galata bridge, next to the New Mosque. The Bazaar, built-in-directional way, is stretched with its L-shaped plan.
The History And Name of the Spice Bazaar
The Spice Bazaar was known by the 17th-century chroniclers as "New Bazaar" and "Valide Carsisi". However, since the goods sold in the shops here are mostly goods and spices from Egypt, it is seen that it started to be called the "Egyptian Bazaar" from the middle of the 18th century. The name Spice Bazaar was used more than the other names of the building, and foreign travelers also mentioned the building as "Egyptian Bazaar" in their travel books.
Although it was first established by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1461, the Spice bazaar was rebuilt by Sultan Suleiman.
How İs Spice Bazaar?
As soon as you walk in, you smell such a strong herbal smell that you almost go back. This is the essence that circulates all kinds of spices from India, Syria, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia paint the hands and faces of the concubines, which gives fragrance and strength to houses, baths, mouths, beards, and dishes, to the irritable pashas who scatter the imagination, drunkenness, and joy in the magnificent city. Spice Bazaar, where it turns into pills, powder, and ointments.
Herbal Medicine Bazaar
When the Spice Bazaar was first built, it was allocated to herbalists and cotton tradesmen. In this context, 6 doors in the bazaar were shared between herbalists and cotton sellers. Fish market, Hasırcılar and Ketenciler Gate are allocated to herbalists, and Yeni Mosque, Haseki and Çiçek Pazarı gates are allocated to cotton sellers. In this period, 49 of the 100 shops in the bazaar were used by herbalists, while cotton and quilters used the rest.
There are always valuable plants such as pure honey, herbal oils, saffron, poppy, Turkish tea, Orange rose, Jasmine tea for therapeutic purposes in or around the Egyptian bazaar.
How to go to Spice Bazaar?
Tram: Take the Bağcılar- Kabataş tram line to get to Mısırşısı, which is right next to the Flower Market in Eminönü, after getting off at Eminönü.
Ferry: You can reach Eminönü by using the ferryboats and motorboats departing from Üsküdar, Kadıköy and Bostancı.
Bus: You can reach the Spice Bazaar by using all public buses and IETT buses going to Eminönü and Beyazıt.
Egyptian Bazaar Visiting Days and Hours
The Egyptian market is open every day from 8:00 to 19:30. Except on Sunday from 9:30 to 19:00. The market is closed during religious and republican holidays.