The Spice Bazaar
Aside from the Grand Bazaar, another exciting Istanbul destination is the historical Spice Bazaar. Established in 1664, Spice Bazaar lends an authentic historical character to the City of Istanbul. People always make a stopover at the markets to shop, haggle and purchase delectable goods. The Bazaar is also locally known as Misir Carsisi or Egyptian Bazaar. In bygone times, caravans carrying spices from India and the Far East pass through Egypt. At the heyday of the Ottoman Empire, this bazaar sold exclusively spices.
If you love spices then nowhere will you be more at home than at the Spice Bazaar. It’s perhaps second in terms of popularity to the Grand Bazaar. This is a fun and delightful place to explore especially food tasting is a huge part of the trip. Mind that the Spice Bazaar is not just limited to spices and other food. In fact, it only constitutes 5% as other goods are now sold here like jewelry, Turkish coffee, baklava, olive oil soaps, dried fruits, herbal remedies, Turkish Delight and souvenirs. To an extent, it has become a smaller version of the Grand Bazaar.
If you came for the spices however, try purchasing the ones you don’t normally use. Spices like sumac, pul biber, nar eksisi, Corek otu and Turkish saffron can be excellent additions to your salads, stews, marinade and pastries. Apart from spices, you can also purchase a variety of floral and fruit teas.
Do drop by the Spice Bazaar and enjoy being engulfed by the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic centuries-old Turkish market!
Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Monday to Friday: 8am - 7pm
Saturday: 8am - 7:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am - 7pm
Closed Days: Closed on 29 October and all religious holidays.