Looking to buy Spices in Istanbul? Look no further than the famous Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Market as it is also known as.
When you enter you can smell the fragrant spices from the East, curry and saffron mingled with the smells of the aromatic incenses, fragrant oils and herbs for medicinal purposes, teas and honeycomb.
Some tips to help you in the buying process:
- Pay in local currency – Turkish Lire instead of USD or Euros – the exchange rate will not be in your favour
- Watch which shops the locals are buying from
- Taste before you buy
- Most spices etc can be vacuumed packed
- Prices will vary from shop to shop
- Prices are fixed but occasionally you can haggle
A list of spice that you can purchase:
Sage, Aniseed, Rosemary, Black Cumin, Soapwort, Bay leaf, dill, Mustard, Nutmeg, Linden, Clove, Thyme, Cumin, Henna, Red pepper, Paprika, Coriander, Rose hip, Marjoram, Mint, Rocket leaf, Saffron, Orchis, Sumach, Cinnamon, Cress, Vanilla, Allspice, Ginger.
You can also purchase a range of fragrant soaps.
Some History on the Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul
After the Grand Bazaar it is the largest market of its kind in Istanbul. It took 60 years to build, it is L shaped and it was first constructed in 1660.
It was the last stop from the camel caravan traders who
The revenues from the sellers are used to upkeep the New Mosque which is part of the whole complex down near Galata Bridge.
There are a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish Delight, sweets and dried fruits.
Some shops are now selling items which are more suited for the Grand Bazaar such as jewellery, souvenirs etc which the locals are not happy about.
From Monday to Saturday 8am to 7.30pm
Closed on Public Holidays
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