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.