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The Spice Bazaar, also Mısır Çarşısı and The Egyptian Bazaar, is one of the largest bazaars in the Istanbul since 1664. Spice Bazaar has a total of 86 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.

While the Grand Bazaar may be the largest and most famous of Istanbul's covered bazaars, this spice market wins the prize for being the most colorful, fragrant, and often the most fun – as visitors can taste the goods on offer. Many locals prefer to shop at Mısır Çarşısı as it’s located close to Eminonu port.

Which spices should you look out for?


This maroon/burgundy colored spice is made from the berries of the wild Rhus Coriaria bush. It has a citric tartness that comes from the malic acid inside. Use it in salad dressings instead of lemon, or stir it into freshly steamed vegetables with a little olive oil.

Sumac spice is made from wild Rhus Coriaria bush

Pul Biber

These dried red pepper flakes are a mainstay of Turkish dishes, and you'll find it beside the salt in most Turkish restaurants. It comes in varying degrees of spiciness. Sprinkle it into stews, or over grilled meat.

Pul biber (Dried red pepper) in an Iznik tile cup.

Nar Eksisi

Made from a pomegranate reduction, this thick, viscous syrup is another Turkish kitchen essential. Use in in the place of Balsamic vinegar to sharpen up a salad, or to create a marinade or glaze for salmon or poultry.

Nark eksisi (pomegranate sauce) is another Turkish kitchen essential

Corek otu 

Known in English as Nigella seeds (or sometimes as black cumin), the name literally translates to 'bun's herb'. If you're following Turkish recipes, try sprinkling it onto breads, cakes, or savory pastries, just before baking.  

Corek otu is mostly used onto breads, cakes, or savory pastries, just before baking


It may look the part, but 'Turkish saffron': it isn’t actually saffron at all, but dried safflower, which has little color or flavor. For the real deal, look out for the fine strands of Iranian Saffron, but expect to pay much more.

What else can you buy at the Spice Bazaar Turkey?

Aside, from the spices, there are: rosebud, jasmine, and fruit teas;Turkish delight in every color and flavor; herbal remedies; dried fruits such as apricots, figs, dates and even strawberries and kiwis; honey and nut soaked baklava; olive oil soaps; Turkish coffee; and much more besides.

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