When one looks at all that has been written about Istanbul, the Spice Bazaar is without a doubt one of the places that draws the most attention. The Spice Bazaar is a magical place where your children will encounter a world of colors, exotic flavors and a touch of history, and you should certainly not miss it. Be sure to plan to visit the Spice Bazaar together with the kids on your trip to Istanbul.
The Spice Bazaar, which connects Eminönü with Sultanahmet, was historically a market where medicinal plants, hundreds of varieties of spices and different kinds of herbs were sold. Today in addition to the herbalists, there are jewelers and gift shops and enough spice sellers to make the place worthy of its name. As soon as visitors enter the Spice Bazaar they are struck by its peculiar fragrance, and enter into a colorful world of market stalls and stands.
One of the biggest advantages for children in the Spice Bazaar is that the shopkeepers are very accustomed to tourists. Almost all are able to speak English and German and some speak other languages such as Russian and Arabic making it easy for the Bazaar’s vendors to answer your children’s questions.
Almost all children love sweets, and for this reason the Spice Bazaar offers a tasty option for the kids. Turkish Delight, or “lokum,” is a treat that everyone must try when they come here. Some shopkeeper will almost certainly offer your children a free taste as you browse the stalls.
Another of the most attractive features of the bazaar is its gift shops. Decorative palace slippers, colorful glass chandeliers, traditional clothing, and children’s toys are just some of the attractive merchandise.
The one thing one must be careful about with children while in the bazaar are the crowds. With thousands of visitors every day, and many things to distract your kids, it is advisable to keep a close watch on them so as not to become separated.
One of the place not to miss in the bazaar is the Pandeli Restaurant. If it seems a little too stylish for children, the beautiful views of Eminönü and the Galata Bridge are sure to win them over. With many different options from Turkish cuisine, one can choose from kebabs, dishes based on olive oil, and sea food.
The Spice Bazaar is just as attractive from the outside as the inside. The Animal market at the entrance of the bazaar has many kinds of pets for sale, particularly birds, as well and plants and gardening accessories.