Spice Bazaar is located in Eminönü, behind the New Mosque and next to the Flower Market. It is one of the oldest covered bazaars of Istanbul. In this bazaar famous for its transfers, still natural products such as natural medicines, spices, flower seeds, rare plant roots and shells, as well as; nuts, delicatessen products and various foodstuffs are sold. Spice Bazaar is also open on Sundays.
It is rumored that a bazaar called Makro Envalos was located in the same place during the Byzantine period. Today's building was built in 1660 by Turhan Sultan, the chief architect of Hassa, Kâzım Ağa. The bazaar, formerly known as the New Bazaar or the Valide Bazaar and built with taxes collected from Egypt according to the narration, started to be known as the name known today after the 18th century. He survived two major fire hazards in 1691 and 1940. The bazaar was last restored by the Municipality of Istanbul between 1940-1943.
The L-shaped building next to the Yeni Mosque has six doors. One of them is Haseki Gate. The upper part of it is two-storey, and the upstairs was a court on time, and the problems between the tradesmen and the public were solved.
What's in the Spice Bazaar?
There are spice shops, shops selling aromatic, vegetable and essential oils, dry eaters, jewelers, and tourist shops in the Spice Bazaar.
Authentic looking colorful glass chandeliers, pompom palace slippers, embroidered touristic and folkloric clothes, silver jewelery, ceramics, tile plates, tribes, cups, hookahs, weavings, ornate living room pillows, carpets and saddles in the Egyptian Bazaar, which is a very large area. You can find many things including.
In addition, you can find lime, ginger, licorice, chamomile, sage, cinnamon and apple peel blended herbal teas, rare oils, dried herbs, flowers, roots, shells.
How to go to the Spice Bazaar?
Address: Rustem Pasha neighborhood Spice Bazaar No: 92 Eminönü - Fatih / Istanbul / Turkey
Tram: To reach the Spice Bazaar, located right next to the Flower Market in Eminönü, Bağcılar- Kabataş You can go on foot after getting off at Eminönü stop using the tram line.
Steamboat: Üsküdar, Kadıköy and you can get to Eminönü by using boats and engines from Bostancı.
Bus: 37 E Yıldıztabya-Eminönü, EM 1 and EM 2 Eminönü-Kulaksız, 38 E Gaziosmanpaşa Public Hospital-Eminönü, 36 KE Karadeniz Mahallesi-Eminönü line numbered IETT buses to reach the Spice Bazaar.