Spice Bazaar is a vibrant market in Istanbul which is 350 years old; here you can see a lot of locals and foreigners buying spices and souvenirs. This market was called as Mısır Çarşısı (Egyptian Bazaar) by locals. It is one of the largest and oldest bazaars in this city. Egyptian Spice Bazaar has a total of 85 shops selling spices, sweets, Turkish delight, dried fruits, nuts, Jewelry, and souvenirs.
Spice Bazaar was built in 1660 by the revenue of the Ottoman eyelet of Egypt. Formerly this Bazaar was called by ‘New Bazaar’. This bazaar building is a part of the New Mosque, where the revenues collected from the rented shops are used for upkeeping and charitable activities of the mosque. The structure of this Egyptian Spice bazaar was designed by the court architect Koca Kasım Ağa. A lot of shops in Egyptian Spice bazaar are selling a variety of tea, fresh Turkish coffees, and many Turkish delicacies. Colorful spices are beautifully arranged outside the shops, which gives a feast for your eyes. You can feel the smell of the spices while entering the bazaar. You can also find dried herbs, honey, nuts, and dried fruits in some shops. In Egyptian Spice bazaar, several shops selling jewels, traditional clothes, handicrafts, and souvenirs.
The shop vendors are so kind and they speak in a friendly manner. While walking on the long footpath of the Egyptian Spice bazaar, spices, souvenirs placed for display and colorful lights will make you happy. Shopping in this Egyptian Spice Bazaar will truly give you a great experience and a peaceful atmosphere along with other tourists attractions in the Turkey.
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