Photographer's Note

Found near the Galata Bridge, which passes over the waters of the Golden Horn, and practically in the shadow of the New Mosque (really four hundred years-old, and called Yeni Cami in Turkish) is the famous Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carisisi). Much smaller than the Grand Bazaar, and less touristic too, the Spice Bazaar was built in 1660 to help support the upkeep of the mosque. The Grand Bazaar is known for its colors and noises,but the Spice Bazaar is a lesson in smells and tastes. Here is where you can find all manner of Turkish Delight candy (lokum), baklava, teas and Turkish coffee, and dried fruits. The array of containers overflowing with colorful spices is really something to see, as well as smell. This is also the best place to buy toiletries like the big cakes of olive oil soap displayed at many shops. Like the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar is surrounded by vendors of clothing, school supplies, and most everything else. In fact, you could easily make your way from one bazaar to the other, and not stray from the outdoor markets.

The Egyptian Spice Bazaar is open Mondays to Saturdays, 8:30am to 6:30 pm. NEIGHBORHOOD MARKETS Apart from the biggies, there are many others of the covered varieties, and also several open-air markets all over the city of Istanbul on any given day of the week. The former are generally shopping plazas in a fairly Western style, and the latter are usually the ones for buying fresh fruit, kitchen implements, and clothing in a setting more reminiscent of a flea market or farmers' market.

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