Egyptian Spice Market

By Zoe Smith, United Kingdom, February 2013

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Exploding with color and pungent aromas, Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, or Egyptian Spice Market (so-called as the spices were originally imported from Egypt) is one of the city’s most vibrant and most-visited attractions. The historic market dates back to the 17th century and remains a fully functioning shopping precinct, bustling with locals and camera-wielding tourists.

An eye-catching kaleidoscope of spices dazzle passersby, with heaped piles of every spice, herb and extract imaginable. Rose-hips, fresh vanilla beans, cinnamon bark and saffron are all common sights, alongside some more unusual options like sahlep, taken from the roots of wild orchids, or Gum Arabic, crystallized acacia sap used to make Turkish delights.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Istanbul Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Istanbul.

Photo courtesy of william.neuheisel via Flickr

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