Also known as the Spice Bazaar, the Egyptian Bazaar is an L-shaped hall located by the New Mosque, near Galata Bridge in Eminönü. It’s always packed with tourists (blame yourself – we do) and superficially appears to be full of the rubbish that tourists love to buy. However, there are some excellent food shops and delis, which should not be missed. If you get hungry looking at all that food, you can head upstairs to the famous, still smart and attractive Pandeli restaurant. Alternatively, find and study the wares of one of the leech sellers to be found among the pet merchants. That might put you off eating for a while.
Cankurtaran Gida (33) – exquisite honey from all over Turkey.
Erzincanlar (2) – superb deli for honeycomb and hard Turkish cheese.
Hayat (8) – make like Bernie Ecclestone and pick up your utterly indulgent caviar here; also purveyors of fabulous Turkish Delight (honey, raisin, pistachios…).
Malata Pazari (40-44) – for dried fruits and nuts, including delicious apricots, figs stuffed with hazelnuts and almonds.
Papagan Kuruyemi (65) – nuts, mulberries, figs and other delights.
Off the Egyptian Bazaar
Kral (Hasircilar Caddesi 6) – family-run spice shop selling top-quality saffron, spicy red pepper, hand-picked mint and local teas.
Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi (Tahmis Sokak 66) – tiny shop selling the city’s finest Turkish coffee since 1871.