Bustling, frenetic and exotic Spice Bazaar is located in Eminonu, just aside the gorgeous Cami Meydani mosque.
This interesting place was built back in the 17th century and serves still today the city with numerous spices and exotic food and goods from different countries all around the ancient Silk Road.
In Turkish, this bazaar is actually called the Egyptian Bazaar as money from the duty from Egyptian imports payed for its construction.
Taking advantage of Istanbul’s perfect strategic geographic position, being between Europe and Asia, the spice market has been a success for centuries.
Basically you can buy all types of Turkish delight sweets and pastries, all sorts of spices, herbs, aphrodisiacs, coffees, honey, nuts, sweet-meats and famous cured beef called pastirma.