The Spice Bazaar is quite a large bazaar in İstanbul, situated in Eminönü which is another historically famous area in the city. It was built in 1664 and it was designed by the Ottoman court architect Koca Kasım Aga. The Spice Bazaar has 85 shops in total for you to explore. You can find a variety of products such as spices, Turkish delight, desserts, sweets, nuts, dried fruits and even things like jewellery and souvenirs in the Spice Bazaar.
As you enter the Spice Bazaar you will smell the exotic scent of different spices mixed with the centuries old history.
If you love cooking, and especially if you love spicy food, you have found your place. You will be overwhelmed by the amount of different spices you can find in this spice heaven. Of course, there are the regular spices that you already know and use all the time. However, there are also some spices, herbs or aromas that you have never heard of before that are worth checking out.
One of those spices is sumac. Sumac is a kind of spice that has a dark red color and has a sour flavor. It can be used instead of lemon even though it is not as strong as lemon in its sourness, or you can try to sprinkle some on top of hummus if you like.
Pul Biber is probably the most famous and frequently used spice in Turkey.
It has a lot of different types that are suitable for everyone. It is basically dried and flaked version of the Turkish red pepper and it can be either sweet or really hot.
The list can actually go on forever. It is best if you talk to the shop owners and have them recommend you some of the best and most interesting spices that are out there.