MISIR ÇARŞISI (SPICE BAZAAR): Egyption Corn Flavors

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 The Mısır Çarşısı (Spice Bazaar) is a covered spice market, built in 1660, in the Eminönü district of Istanbul.

Its a confusing name. In Turkish, Mısır means corn. Or Egypt. Depending on the usage. It is unsure if the market started as a corn bazaar or an Egyption bazaar. On the other hand, corn was often grown in Egypt after it was brought east from the New World. Now it gets called the spice bazaar because there are some spices for sale inside. But mostly they sell other things. So why not call it the Tourist Market. Or, the Turkish Delight Market. Historically, the place was called the Yeni Çarşısı, or new bazaar, having been built within the property of the New Mosque.

In any case, this covered bazaar sells a dizzying array of domestic and imported products, some of which smack of the authentic, and others are clearly Chinese knock-offs. The corridors are often crowded, but it can be exciting to hear every language of the world spoken under one roof. For good dried fruits and nuts try Malatya Pazari, and for great coffee go to  Kuru Kahveci Mehmet Efendi, which is not technically in the bazaar but just outside one of the side doors.

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