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If you are bored of the hectic schedule of your routine life, then steal a few moments from your busy life and spend them in Turkey's most fascinating city, Istanbul. Istanbul will steal your heart for all the good reasons and will teleport you to a world where beauty and happiness are the only two words known. Being Turkey's most populous city, it gives an insight into the life of the local people, their beliefs, their traditions, and also their larger-than-life charisma. It is the proud center for the country's cultural and economical activities. The town is often remarked as the magical point where East and West come to collide. With its fascinating array of towering buildings, monuments, and structures, the city displays a majestic land of extraordinary attractions. Spice Market glorifying the city is one such place which is one of the most prominent establishments inhibiting the city. Standing tall as one of the largest markets in the city, it is the most famous covered shopping complexes here. You can spend hours walking around in the market amidst the large crowd of people.
A Fascinating Day Trip to Spice Bazaar
At Spice Bazaar as you will enter the place you will be happily carried away by the fragrance of the traditional Turkish spices which form an important part of the marketplace. Visitors can purchase Pul Biber which is dried red pepper flakes, forming an important key ingredient of Turkish dishes. It is quite common to find Pul Biber beside the salt in most of the Turkish restaurants. These red pepper flakes come in varying degrees of spice content, and people can buy it according to their taste. If you are someone who loves smoky flavors, then you can buy isot biber which comes from Urfa and has very high spice content. Often used as a sprinkler over stews and grilled meat. Another Turkish kitchen essential is Nar Eksisi. Made from pomegranate, this thick, viscous syrup is a popular ingredient of the city cuisine. It is often used as a substitute for Balsamic vinegar to bring a sharp taste in a salad or to create a marinade or glaze fish dishes. Corek otu also known as Nigella seeds are used as sprinklers which adds-on to the taste of bread, cakes or pastries. It is added to the dishes just before baking. If you are looking out for pure saffron, then look out for the fine strands of Iranian saffron which is certainly the best variety of saffron. Though to enjoy it you have to pay a bit more.
Apart from the wide range of Turkish spices, the Spice Bazaar in Turkey also has a variety of other spices belonging to every part of the world. Considered to be bliss for food-lovers, the marketplace is a storehouse of flavoring teas, dry fruits, soaps, a variety of coffees, and a lot more. On the west side of the bazaar, you can find outdoor produce stalls selling their fresh produce and foodstuff from all over Anatolia. You can also find a fine collection of cheeses also. In the Hasircilar Caddesi shop, you can purchase all items of kitchenware including utensils, electronic devices which are helpful in food processing. Also here is the world-famous coffee supplier shop which makes up for a rich history of a hundred years. A variety of teas including rosebud tea, jasmine tea, and fruit teas are a popular part of the market. Dry fruits like apricots, figs, dates along with strawberries and kiwis are also present in the market. Sweets and nuts are also easily available in the market.
Grand Bazaar is the largest covered marketplace of Istanbul. The place in itself is like a celebration which gives its visitors an overwhelming experience. Sellers hawking their objects on top of their voice along with colorful shops glittering with lights provide an exciting vicinity to the market. These lights and sounds create a unique yet appealing atmosphere. Perhaps you can find anything and everything here, but the highlight of the place resides in the hand-woven towels, carpets, kilims, traditional Ottoman art pieces of calligraphy and miniatures, beautiful fabrics like pashminas, and also products from central Asia form an important part of the market's collection.
How to Get Tickets?
Entry is free as it is a public market.
How To Get Around?
It is easy to walk around the entire marketplace on foot.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the market is between 8 am to 7:30 pm. On Sundays the market opens at 9:30 am.
Currency is Turkish Lira.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
You can reach Istanbul via Istanbul Ataturk Airport which is the main airport of the city having connecting flights to the nearby locations as well as to major countries around the world. Driving along the well-paved highways or enjoying a rail ride are some of the common modes of transportation to reach Istanbul.
Carry a water bottle with yourself. A handbag for carrying purchased stuff is also advisable.