Spice Bazaar is near the Flower Bazaar and behind the New Mosque in Eminonu district of Istanbul. 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. 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. Hatice Turhan Sultan had offered to built thes recent building in 1660s. First, Ottomans had called it as “Queen Mother Bazaar” because of Turhan Sultan. Actually Government had spent the tax incomes from Egypt to built Spice Bazaar. So public had decided to call Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Carsisi in Turkish). Also It is the best place where you can find all spices and herbs. So Tourists have called this bazaar as Spice Bazaar.
This building is in L shaped and 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.