The covered part of the Istanbul Spice Market, also known as the Egyptian Market, is designed in the shape of a 'T'. It was erected in 1664 on the initiative of Sultan Hatice Turhan. It was last renovated in 1940.
As its name suggests, you will find everything you need to create some delicious Turkish dishes. All sorts of food covers the stalls of the merchants: seeds, dried fruit, medicinal plants, etc. The main street has plenty of shops where the goods are aimed at tourists. The prices are higher than in the shops to be found elsewhere but the quality isn't always the same.
The Spice Bazaar, or Egyptian Bazaar, is the oldest and largest covered market in Istanbul after the Grand Bazaar.© Alexander Ishchenko
The merchants pay special attention to the presentation of their products. The stalls are carefully decorated.© Olga Beregelia
Originally, medicinal plants and diverse 'drugs' and spices were sold here. Today, the range of goods has vastly expanded.© Szilagyi Palko Pal
An incredible choice of sweets with countless colours and flavours. The most sophisticated is definitely the rose-flavoured Turkish delight© Alexander Ishchenko
Piled high in a spectrum of colours ranging from red to green: pepper, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, hot pepper and dried mint intoxicate visitors with their scents.© Ahmet Ihsan Ariturk