The Spice Bazaar, known in Turkish as the Egyptian Bazaar, is a paradise for all foodies. It is located in Eminönü quarter, next to the New Mosque and Galata Bridge, and it is still the most popular place to shop among the locals.
The Spice Bazaar was built as the extension of the New Mosque, and the revenue from the Bazaar supported the mosque and its complex.
When you step into the Spice Bazaar, you will be amazed by the exotic scents of the spices. You will enjoy traditional Turkish tastes such as lokum (Turkish delight), herbal teas, spices, nuts, dried fruits, caviar, and perfume oil. The most enjoyable part of shopping is to taste before buying. Many of the vendors can vacuum seal your spices, a clean way to pack them in your luggage.
If you go to the Spice Bazaar, do not forget to buy Turkish coffee, freshly roasted and ground, from Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. In Turkish, we say, "One cup of coffee shared guarantees forty years of friendship."