Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Spice Bazaar

Back in Istanbul, we spent another afternoon sightseeing, took in a few more amazing mosques, and enjoyed a Turkish bath experience at the 16th-century Suleymaniye Hamam - including a massage in the Sultan's own chamber.

Then we wandered through the area of the Egyptian market (one of those places jammed with tiny stalls selling everything from wholesale quantities of paper bags to strings of seed pearls and cheap blingy goldy bangles to marbelized plastic buckets). The highlight is the spice bazaar - a covered market with vaulted ceilings dating from 1660 - which as you can imagine was a veritable treat for the senses. Stall after stall is piled with sunset-hued spices & herb mixes, rainbows of dried fruit, nuts, exotic tea infusions - jasmine, hibiscus, rose, melissa - and powdery cubes of turkish delight.


  1. This looks amazing, I'd love to visit Istanbul!

    Porcelina xx

  2. I would love that place so much! My fiance and I love to cook and buy a new spice for our section every couple of weeks. Sadly they are usually from the supermarket so the variety is a bit limited. I love all the colours and shapes in these pictures. What are the square things in the picture one up from last?

    1. Those squares are loose Turkish delight!

  3. I almost feel as though I can smell the heady, enchanting aromas of that spice market through the screen. Oh the dishes one could make with that treasure trove at your doorstep!

    ♥ Jessica


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