Pandelis Restaurant

and the

Egyptian Spice Market in Istanbul


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The Egyptian Spice Markets are much more interesting than the Grand Bazaar - lots more locals and fewer tourists and spruikers - and colourful spices everywhere! 


PLUS, over the entrance on the Golden Horn side, in a blue tiled space, is Pandelis, one of the oldest and best restaurants in Istanbul.  It's only open for lunch and always full - phone (0212) 527 39 09 to book.  When you get there the sea bass poached in a wax paper boat is to die for!



Mosque of Rustem Pasha


Walk west from the Spice Bazaar along Hasircilar Caddesi and turn right at the fourth narrow street. The mosque is at the top of a stone staircase on the right-hand-side.


According to the London Times: “The most charming of the city's Ottoman mosques is the diminutive Mosque of Rustem Pasha, which is nestled amidst the chaos and confusion of the Tahtakale shopping district.  Built in 1560 for the son-in-law and grand vizier of Suleyman the Magnificent, its walls are encrusted with exquisite turquoise-coloured Iznik tiles and its graceful colonnaded terrace is a true urban haven."


Sadly the Times' article appeared after our visit, but there are some good photos here.








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