Spice Bazaar

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After visiting the New Mosque or Rüstem Pasha Mosque drop in the Spice Bazaar. Here you will have a chance to plunge into the magical world of the Asian bazaar with the enchanting fragrances and great number of touts. Spice bazaar was built in 1664 on the spot of the former city market. One of the major products sold at the bazaar was spices which were imported into the country mostly from Egypt. Bazaar was constructed on the fees paid for revenue acquired for selling imported spices, hence the name of the place. The revenues obtained from the rented shops inside the bazaar building were used for financing of the New Mosque construction.

Building of the Spice Bazaar includes 6 gates and is covered with the lead dome-shaped roof. Space at the entrance located between the bazaar and the New Mosque is occupied by the rows where flowers, birds, aquarium fish and animals are sold. At the entrance located closer to the Galata Bridge there are fish rows. In the souvenir shops one can buy silver jewellery, ceramic and china pieces, Turkish amulets, local clothes, decorative cushions and rugs. People who love sweets will not be disappointed either, variety of Turkish delight and halavah will satisfy anybody’s taste. If you prefer coffee to sweets, there are numerous sorts of coffee that you can choose. Tradesmen also sell jams, honey, dried and smoked meat, different kinds of cheese. The real local product, Asian spices, will make the day for real experts in this field: cardamom, black and red pepper, vanilla or saffron, any spice at your choice. In special shops tourists can also buy toilet water manufactured manually, shampoos with herbal extracts, henna and soap made of olive oil. There are also sold natural oils for face and body skin as well as for hair. Another product that can be of a special interest is kese, a hand-made washcloth that is used in hamam for removing/scrubbing dead skin cells.

Another landmark at the Spice Bazaar is restaurant Pandeli which has a magnificent view on the Golden Horn. This restaurant possesses a long history and offers traditional Turkish meals. The restaurant was frequently visited by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Among other famous personalities that have been at this restaurant are king of Spain Juan Carlos, actress Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro and many others.

Address: Meydani Sk., Eminönü Mh.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8 am – 7.30 pm, closed in religious holidays
How to reach: Eminönü (TR1)
Coordinates: 41.016482, 28.970576