|the New Mosque|
We spotted some stalls outside the main building so we went there first to have a look at what was on sale. And it was very interesting indeed.
|variety of spices|
|baby leeches, anybody?|
|one of the many pet shops|
|very small shallots|
|seashells and even starfish|
|variety of pickles|
I only bought dates and dried apricots from here, a kilogramme each, and they were cheaper from the prices I would get in Malaysia.
|selling flags outside the market|
|a building beside the bazaar|
TRAVELLING TIP: While we were looking at the map mounted on a board at a tram station, someone approached us and told us the direction to the Spice Bazaar. He sounded friendly but he actually was trying to get us visit his family-owned carpet shop and luckily he just dismissed us when we rejected his idea. So be careful if someone offered his help to take you to a certain place because you might end up in a carpet shop or warehouse, like what I have read of someone's experience in her blog. Malaysians seem to be the main target of these carpet sellers most probably because we Malaysians are the ones who buy a lot of carpets from Istanbul. (I didn't.)