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Spice Bazaar

Local / Historical Markets

Although it is smaller in the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar is as important and impressive as its 'big sister'. Built in 1660, the Bazaar remains as the hub of spice and herb trade. The Spice Bazaar is an L-shaped building, consisting of 88 vaulted rooms. There are gateways at the ends of both halls and chambers above each entrance way. The main entrance in the southwest corner faces the New (Yeni) Mosque.

This Bazaar offers a wide array of spices, medicinal herbs, dried fruits and nuts. If you go, you can taste samples of what's on offer in the small shops. A variety of teas, as well as dried apricots, cherries, grapes and figs are especially good for health. The shopkeepers will be happy to assist you, recount the benefits of each product and offer you some tea.

The area around the Spice Bazaar is also very exciting – pets, parrots, flowers and seeds are sold in one area; and everyday foods like cheese, olives, coffee in another. Be sure to explore, taste and buy some of these great products. You can choose one of the Old City hotels to feel the authentic soul of the area.  

Transportation and Visiting Hours
Istanbul public transportation offers an easy access to Spice Bazaar and many attractions located in this area. Check out IstanbulFind Public Transportation Map to find out how to reach the area.

You can visit the Spice Bazaar everyday between 9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. 

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