Having an experience in this market, although it was definitely transported into a modern way, yet never loosing the aura of its 1001 Arabian Nights. The smell and colors of spices and perfumes, calls from the vendors, the architectures, the monumental gateways, all certainly give you the unforgettable feeling that at any moment you will always want to come back again and again. The Egyptian Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, which is one of the largest bazaars in the city, located in Fatih, right at the southern end of the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn, in the neighborhood of Eminönü, and is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.
Just a short walk from the Grand Bazaar, the 17th-century Egyptian Spice Bazaar open seven days a week, and is certainly another favorite of the camera-wielding, souvenir-seeking tourist. As it still preserve the country’s oldest tradition and architecture, the Spice Bazaar is an “L”-shaped building, consisting of 88 vaulted rooms, almost all of which are now divided into an upper and lower story. At the ends of both halls, there are monumental gateways with chambers above each entrance way. The main entrance is in the southwest corner, facing the New Mosque (Yeni Cami).
Simply enough, being such a lively cuisine paradise since 1664, this retail space is the best place to pick up spices, dried fruits, cheeses, sausages, jams, nuts and seeds, olives, lokum (Turkish Delight), oils and essences of the finest order, and other edibles fill most of the shops, though jewelry and other high-margin goods have begun to move in. Stroll through the market, and if you have the time, stroll for another hour through the surrounding bazaar streets on all sides of the market building. Guaranteed, bronze curios glint in the sun, giant-sized dates are stacked to the rafters, and the decadent scent of freshly ground Mehmet Efendi coffee merges with the aroma of fresh fish, with surprisingly non-toxic consequences, all are the premises you will get during your holiday in Istanbul.