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Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Market Istanbul

Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Market Istanbul
Egyptian Bazaar is one of the largest bazaars in the city, located in Fatih in the Eminonu district and is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar ( Kapalicarsi ).


It is believed an older bazaar called “Makron Envalos” was previously sited there and its L-shape structure can be found on the west side of the New Mosque (Yeni Cami).
One year after the New Mosque was built the bazaar section of the complex was added by Mustafa Aga, the Head Architect of the Ottoman Palace and named the Egyptian Bazaar because it was built using tax money collected from Cairo in Egypt.

It is not only spices that have been sold here; all kinds of medicines and drugs were traded and many of which were prepared from recipes out of the book “Nüzhet-ül Fi Tercüme-Afiyet” (A Good Appetite).

Design of the Eygptian Bazaar

There are six doors leading into the bazaar and the section at Haseki Gate has a double-storied structured design where the upper floor was used as a Court Hall to hear the cases between people and tradesmen. The intersection of the short and long branches of the bazaar, designed and made from wood, is called the “Prayer Field” (Dua Meydani) and it is the most notable part of the bazaar.
In here the “Adhan Kiosk” is found and when the bazaar opens the officer in charge of the prayer wishes the bazaar’s tradesmen high earnings.

Spice Market Today

The bazaar today has over 85 shops selling items such as jewellery, herbs and spices, gifts and souvenirs, dried fruits and nuts, teas, oils and essences and sweets.
There is a flower and plant market on one side and a food market on the other and its ceiling, higher than the Grand Bazaar, is covered in domes. The original bazaar suffered two major fires one in 1691 and the other in 1940 and from when the Municipality of Istanbul carried out full restoration and is what you see today.


Egyptian Bazaar is located in Sirkeci .

Opening Hours

The Egyptian or Spice Bazaar (Turkish 'Mısır Çarşısı') opens daily between 09:00-19:00, Sundays from 10:00-18:00 and closes on public and religious holidays.

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