Spice Bazaar
Historic Site
Attraction baharat grand bazaar Herbs & Spices Store Historic Site Shopping souvenirs spice bazaar spices spices and turkish delights
Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar was built in the 1660s as part of the adjacent New Mosque (Yeni Cami) complex that overlooks Eminönü harbor. It’s one of oldest and busiest marketplaces of the city where the historic Silk Road joined the maritime Spice Route. Taxes on Egyptian imports helped build the bazaar – hence, its other name: the Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı). Revenue from the bazaar also helped maintain the mosque and broader complex. Back in the day, the upper floor had a courtroom where business owners and customers could settle pricing disputes. Luckily, you can still barter for goods here, but a judge is not required! Expect to find an array of herbal teas, nuts and dried fruit splayed out next to colorful Turkish delight of many flavors and varieties. Exotic oils, genuine fake perfumes, jewelry, and fabrics are some of the other items on offer if you’re looking for gift ideas.
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Based on 1196 Travellers Review
Nov 5, 2016
Everything you'd expect from a bazaar. Lanes packed with shoppers (yes, despite recent events I saw no decrease in the level of hustle and bustle), being wooed / begged / threatened by the... read more>>
Nov 2, 2016
I should know better, I spent 5 years in Bangkok, but my guard wasn't up for buying confections. On a mission to bring some authentic Turkish delight home, not the kind available at the airport... read more>>
Oct 28, 2016
Andrew R
A welcome addition to any Istanbul tour the spice market incorporates both spices and Turkish delight, with tea shops and the hustle and bustle of a Turkish bazaar. The sight and smells re both... read more>>
Oct 22, 2016
The hustle and bustle in this bazaar are incredible. The shops sell mainly spices and turkish delights, ao all sorts and tastes and prices. Beware of the turkish delight boxes that are half full... read more>>
Oct 22, 2016
Patrick S
Laid back, compared to the Grand Bazaar. Most of the merchandise you will never have heard of. Some of it is so exotic, it is sold by the gram. The protocol is, you can sample anything that is out on... read more>>
Tahmis Sokak 33, 34116 İstanbul
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