Although much smaller than the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar should not be missed because that is where you can shop for nearly any kind of food product you can think of. We fell in love with Turkish Delights, especially the honey-sweetened ones covered with powdered sugar with pistachios in them. These can be purchases by the kilo and the best part is that many of the stores will vacuum seal the boxes for you so they last longer. You can also purchase nearly any kind of spice imagineable, as well as all kinds of tea. If you like the apple tea you will no doubt taste sometime during your stay in Istanbul, this is the place to buy it.
Misir Carsisi, the Egyptian Spice Bazaar was for centuries the place which people came here to consult the pharmacists who acted as doctors prescribing and making up potions to cure all ills.
Now it contains 100 shops. The Bazaar is vibrant with aromas and colours at all hours of the day. Those who have an affinity for food and those lovers of spices could spend a whole day here.
Istanbul is the most beautiful place for visting oriental bazaars. Kapalicarsi(Crowded Bazaar) is the most famous of them because of jewelry and carpes.
Anyway, Misir Carsisi could be much interesting for some people. There are hundreds of spices and vegetal and animal products in that nice bazaar.
What to buy: I recommend you olive and daphne soaps for beauty and honey products for health. Dried fruit is another taste of Turkey.
Egyptian Bazaar is the 2nd most famous bazaar in Istanbul, after the Grand Bazaar. It was originally dedicated to those itms coming from Egypt (so the name) and mostly to varied spices, though lately is full of souvenirs, apple teas and that stuff. Anyway is worth the visit, is nice to see the many colors of the spices and the nice smells.
To get there, go down to Eminonu, find the Yeni Cami Mosque, and it is on your right hand.
If you enjoy cooking that is certainly a good place to visit ! It is samller than Grand Bazaar.
What to buy: saffron, oreganon, henna for the hair, special Turkish spices for meat, different kind of pepp,cinnamon,mint,caraway etc ...
The Misir Çarºisi covered market starts at the South side of the Galata bridge.
It's a miracle of colours, odors and trade.
Just looking around is an attraction on its own.
What to buy: Turkish delights.
The Spice Bazaar is also known as the Egyptian Spice Market. You will smell ginger, cardamom, pepper and saffron here.
What to buy: SPICES!! as well as "Turkish delight"
What to pay: comparatively little.
Another old market of Istanbul. You can visit this place just for the aromats!
What to buy: Good you don't have to pa for smelling!