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Fascinating Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, Istanbul


The over 400 year old Grand Bazaar is worth a stop in Istanbul; this ancient mall seem to capture all the colours and spirit of the city,

Colours are so mesmerising; colorful lamps, jewellery, cups and bowls, leather, you name it,it is there. You would get tourist prices I am afraid, but it is a joy just to witness all the hub there – and in the meantime, master the bargaining!

My favorite part is shops selling olive oil soaps and lovely Turkish towels. The olive oil soap is wonderful to the skin, highly recommended!

And how can you not get mesmerised at the ancient Spice Market? Wonderful spices – Turkish red pepper flakes, cumin, sumac, black pepper, nuts, Turkish delight, all kinds of tea and many more.

Make sure the soak up the atmosphere at the Spice Market and stock up all the wonderful spices!

3 Responses to Fascinating Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, Istanbul

  1. Erica (Irene) July 28, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I love the Spice Market, my husband's cousin has a place there so we stock up, because when I come home everyone wants some.
    The Grand Bazaar is my all time favourite place to visit in Istanbul……I'm there till morning and till they close. So much to see and buy of course.

    Thanks for sharing you pictures…..I'm not going this year to Turkey but this sure brings memories of last year.

  2. Phil in the Kitchen July 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I can almost smell the spices. I'm currently feeling very jealous of you. Thanks for sharing your trip.

  3. Ozlem's Turkish Table July 29, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Merhaba,

    You are all very welcome. It is a fascinating atmosphere here and a pleasure to share, hope you make it here sometime:)
    Ozlem

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