Egyptian Spice Bazaar/Market (Misir Carsisi) with Spicy Shopping Guide

Last Updated on March 28, 2021

The historical Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) or so-called Spice Market, is a colorful and mystical covered spice market lined with spice stalls in Eminonu coast, near the Yeni Mosque, in the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul. It is also one of the most popular covered markets in the world, together with famous Grand Bazaar.

It is a popular points of interest and a perfect place with the tourists to end their Istanbul visit by shopping for some souvenirs for their beloved ones before leaving Istanbul.

What to Expect, See and Buy?

Egyptian Spice Bazaar is housed in a building that was built in 1660 and named after the fact that the goods for trade from the India and far east was arriving to this place over Egypt by the Egyptian Caravan, during the period of the Ottomans.

Egyptian Spice Bazaar/Market (Misir Carsisi) with Spicy Shopping Guide

Egyptian Spice Bazaar consists of a series of covered streets featuring 100 shops and two restaurants along the gates. The nickname “Spice” was given for the majority of the shops’ selling herbs and spices.

You are able to find about every kind of herbs and spices at the market, and as well as ingredients for cooking, Turkish delight and Turkish coffee.

Egyptian Spice Bazaar/Market (Misir Carsisi) with Spicy Shopping Guide

Visiting Hours & Admissions

Opening Hours

Egyptian Spice Bazaar is open every day from 09:00-21:00 (11:00:19:00 on Sundays)

Closed on national holidays


Entrance to Egyptian Spice Bazaar is FREE of charge.

How to Get There?


Egyptian Spice Bazaar is situated in the Eminonu neighborhood of Fatih district,just across the Eminonu Public Ferries Port, near the Yeni Mosque. See the location map.


The most practical way to get to Eminonu is via Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (T1 line).

  • The closest tram stop is Eminonu.
  • From Taksim, take the funicular to Kabatas (from taksim Square) or funicular to Karakoy (from Tunel square) and than take the tram.
  • If you stay at the Sultanahmet hotels, take tram to Eminonu.
  • From the Asian side, you may take public ferries to Eminonu and from there, you take the tram to get to grand Bazaar.

Contact Details

Address: Mısır Çarşısı No.: 92, Eminonu, Fatih, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 513 65 97

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