- Category: Spice Bazaar
Spice Bazaar in pictures
When talking about the most historic and prolific city of Turkey, Istanbul, one thing every tour guide contains is most certainly the Grand Bazaar. Amongst world's oldest and greatest covered markets, it reminds of a separated small town, for it has everything - banks, few thousands of shops, even a police station. What we are looking at today are reputationally rich spices of the great marketplace itself.
Spice Bazaar is shortlisted as the most interesting sections in the whole complex. Originally called Mısır Çarşısı, its construction took part in the 1660s, during the reign of sultan Ottoman. Shaped in form of the letter 'L', it was builed by the tax collected in Cairo - therefore stands the name 'Egyptian bazaar'. Packed with endless amounts of spices from India, China and Ceylon, it really offers everything; cumin, thyme, red pepper flakes, turmeric and others are recommended first-hand.
Fruits, vegetables, caviar, herbs, as well as souvenir shops, prove everything can be found in these two dozen of streets. Bargaining is no more obligatory in the jungle of markets, with some taking upon the western fashion of paying, and other owners sticking to raising voices over prices. Owners tend to speak badly towards each other, convincing buyers they have been robbed by their competition.
The market, logically, doesn't lack coffee - Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi found his place at Bazaar, selling full and kitchenware second to caffeine drinks. Customers are offered black tea as a sign of hospitality, the one thing you cannot avoid in a place like this.
It's best to pay with lira, for it might be more expensive to opt for paying with euros. Be free to smell anything you might later end up buying, the scent is oftenly key for deciding on a product. Buy vacuum-packed merchandise, it will save the flavor and fragrancy of one. And last but not least - don't be afraid to spend a little more in order of getting the best there is.