İstanbul: Spice Bazaar and Surrounding Area

The Spice Bazaar the Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı) is one of the most frequented sights in Istanbul. While the Spice Bazaar is really cool, I am a bigger fan of the bazaar area in the surrounding area – especially the baking stores (go figure). These are the same streets where I made the random purchase of two miniature bundt pans with my parents.  I had been wanting a baklava rod (a wooden rod to roll out and make baklava with) since arriving in Turkey, but had yet to buy one, until now. I finally got my rod and in addition I also bought a copper pepper grinder and a menemen (delicious Turkish egg dish) pan! It is a dangerous area to say the least, but is absolutely fantastic to see everything.

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The no smoking sign just destroys a beautiful shot. The bazaar has been around for over 300 years!

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Note that the hats have 2013 written on them. 2013!!! Where did 2012 go?!?!

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Trees of all shapes colors and sizes!

Some of the highlights: 

Baklava moments are too be had and are completely acceptable in the winding narrow alleyways. It.is.just. irresistible.

You can find awesome deals like 5tl ($2.50) for 1kg (2.2lbs) of dried figs.

Just like at Jimmy John’s the smells are free.

DSC09004Dried peppers and other veggies! What my host mom was doing all summer (:

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Where my friend Doro bought a kilo of pul biber (red pepper flakes) fromDSC09017

Yeni Camıı – New Mosque right next to the Spice Bazaar
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Baklava we had in the winding back alleyways – phenomenal

Cheers from the city that never sleeps

n

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