Spice Bazaar is near the Flower Bazaar and behind the New Mosque. It is one of the old covered bazaars. It is still very famous with herbalists and all kinds of spices, rare plant roots, dried fruits, nuts, saffron, Turkish delights, sweets, caviar and different food stuff can be found. Only, the most important thing is the freshness. It is also open on Sundays.
It has been related that there was a bazaar here with the name of “Makro Envalos” during the Byzantine Period, too. Resent building had been built up by head Architect of the Government, Kazım Agha in 1660 as an offer of Turhan Sultan. First, it had been called as “Queen Mother Bazaar” because of Turhan Sultan and was built up with tax incomes from Egypt and than it has been called as Egyptian Bazaar or Spice Bazaar after 18th century.
This building in L shaped has 6 gates. One of them has been called as “Haseki Gate” and the part over the gate has two flats where there was a local law court to judge the problems between the shopkeepers or public. It is much smaller than Grand Bazaar but especially it is the main place to visit for foreign visitors and also Turkish People. It is a gorgeous bazaar where all kind of dried food, Turkish delights and spices were able to be found through the centuries.
While the world has been discovering to turn the organic products newly, Anatolia has been delivering the power of medicinal plants through centuries over the Spice Bazaar. It is still keeping its traditional features. Turkish people who do not like medicines still go to herbalists to buy their special mixtures from Spice Bazaar. Dried fruits, nuts, herbal teas, Turkish delight, caviar, saffron are the best things to buy from spice bazaar.