Posted by Vi Warkentin on
I LOVE markets and visiting the Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar) in Istanbul, Turkey was no different. Dating back to the 17th century, this amazing market is a photographers and souvenier-hunters dream! The Spice Market was originally built in the mid-1600’s as part of the Yeni Mosque (The New Mosque of Mother Sultan), a classical, traditional-style Ottoman mosque located adjacent - the bazaar revenues once helped maintain the mosque.
View of the large square in front of the New Mosque and the Spice Bazaar.
The market was super crowded with locals and tourists alike, shopping for daily groceries and vacation souveniers.
The Spice Market is a large L-shaped structure. Narrow streets next to the market extend that crowded market atmosphere and truly encapsulate that old Istanbul feel. There was so much energy and commotion - I loved this place! I highly recommend a visit here.
Beautiful vegetables, fruits and nuts at this stall near the Spice Bazaar with roasted meats next door.
Scenes from the Spice Market and street stalls nearby. Delicious cheese at this stand.
One of the many spice stands.
Not sure but I think this is carob beans.Dried fruits and nuts at many stalls.
Gorgeous sundried tomatoes. Fantastic tea aroma!More nuts and fruits.
We found the sweets!
And not to miss - the fresh fish market!
Yum - olives!
And my favorite - Hazer Baba Turkish Delight. You must stop here!And my absolute favorite - the Kakaolu Duble Lokum - the Cocoa Double Delight. Two kgs. to go, please. A huge selection of tea mixes are available at Hazar Baba’s stall. Mixes with hibiscus, pomegranate, ginger, rose - the aroma was amazing!