The Egyptian Bazaar is where tourists head to buy spices and dried fruits. If your are unable to go to the Asian side, then this is where you could buy your dry fruits and spices. However go to a few shops, taste and then buy. Our guide took us to the first shop on the right side and many in our group bought there, however, when we went to a few other shops inside the prices were quite low.
What to buy: You can buy saffron, turmeric, cinnamon, almonds, dates, pistachios, walnuts, goji berries, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, apricots and much more...
What to pay: Check, bargain and go around the rows of shops in the bazaars to compare the prices.
There are many shops in the Kadikoy area that sell dried fruits, nuts and spices. You could also go to Migros or Carrefour. These are better places to buy than the Egyptian spice market in the old city area.
What to buy: Walnuts, Apricots, Pine nuts, Pistachios, melon seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashewnuts, roasted corn, haselnuts, almonds....saffron, chillies, so much more...
What to pay: There is no bargaining in reputed stores, but in the Egyptian market one needs to bargain a bit.
The Spice Bazaar is often called the Egyptian Bazaar, since so many goods came from Egypt. The shops offer all kinds of spices, some hard to find elsewhere. It's called the Yeni Cami in Turkish.
Outside the Spice Bazaar is a huge street market. Strolling through the labyrinth of narrow streets lined with shops, you can find nearly anything.
What to buy: I purchased some saffron, at a cut-rate price. It would have cost ten times more in the US. This spice is used in many rice dishes, and it only takes a pinch. Some of it is still in my kitchen.
What to pay: Generally, spices cost less here than in the US.
The Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. There are several documents suggesting the name of the bazaar was first called the "New Bazaar". However, due to the fact that many spices were imported via Egypt in the Ottoman period it then acquired its current name. It was built by architect Mustafa in 1660 and consists of 88 vaulted rooms. For me, I preferred it over its bigger cousin, the Grand Bazaar, as it’s smaller and has a more personal feel. It's full of shops selling spices (naturally!), dried fruits, perfume oils, nougat, Turkish Delight, and honey.
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!
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.