Egyptian Bazaar

Rüstem Paşa, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

+90 212 513 65 97

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A center of commerce since 1664, the Egyptian Bazaar (or Spice Bazaar) is lined with 85 stalls, all stocked with a colorful array of spices, teas, nuts, Turkish delight, perfumes and jewelry—each run by vendors eager for your business. Step inside a stall (I particularly loved stall 18, called Cikita, where I purchased teas and spices—the service was friendly and not overly pushy and everything I tasted was delicious) and peruse the offerings with a complimentary cup of tea and a bite or two of Turkish delight. Everything is sold by weight, and once you select your loot, the vendors will scoop until you ask them to stop, before vacuum sealing the bag and sending you on your way.

Even if you find everything you need at your first stop (or didn’t come to shop at all), it is still worth wandering the length of the hall, admiring the high arched ceilings and breathing in the medley of aromas.

Written by Abby Sandman

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