Trip to Istanbul: Bazaars

19 May

Every street you walk in, on each side, you see different kind of restaurants, coffee shops, sweets shops. And all the vitrines are loaded with appetizing food, presented and displayed in a very beautiful way that you must stop and have a look and of course go inside and pick something. It’s mouthwatering.

The two places you have to visit when you go to Istanbul are the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar. The streets are loaded with tourists.

The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 5,000 shops and 60 streets. It is well known for its jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. And once you enter the Bazaar, you are lost. You never go out from the same door you get in to the Bazaar. It’s like a labyrinthe there. So exciting. You keep saying, Oooh, look at that, look at this!! Woow.

Hand painted porcelains


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hand painted ceramics

The Spice Bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. Located in Eminönü, it is the second largest covered shopping market after the Grand Bazaar. It is known for the large choice of spices, turkish delights, different kind of nuts, dried fruits, jewelry. Once you’re in, you are amazed by the display and the aroma of the spices and the perfume.

I’ll let your imagination do the rest. Enjoy the pictures.

Spices in the Spice Bazaar

Nuts & Spices

Turkish delights

Turkish Delights are the best traditional sweets you can taste in Istanbul. The tastes differe from the coconut coating , the pistachios filling to the rose-water. All very delicious. They’re cut in small cubes and some have different shapes. Some are made of sugar, some of honey. I’ll let the pictures tell you how yummi they are.

Dried eggplants & sea sponges

Dried red peppers

Colored Halva

Dried fruits

Lokum (Turkish delight)


4 Responses to “Trip to Istanbul: Bazaars”

  1. confettina May 24, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    WOW! I am in love with colors really! Thanks for sharing.

  2. George May 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    It surely looks colorful and mesmerizing, and cool pictures if I may add. Now I have the urge to drop by Istanbul some day, maybe for few days or more.

    Even though I’m working on a diet but I couldn’t deny my desire in trying one of the Turkish Delights. It was sweet and good but now I’m curious to try other things and visit some of the locations if not all of them :).

    It clearly seems rich in life and beats enormously with positive energy. I got the impression from the pictures but most of all from you mimi.

    I hope more journeys will land in this blog and that they would be accomplished by us together.


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