Considering the size of the city, it is hard to make a short list of ”the best shops of Istanbul”. Our listing should be seen as a highly personal choice of a small amount of shops that we think are worth visiting. You can click on the name of each place to see its location and its proximity to our hotel on the map.

At walking distance from our hotel

Carpet: Noah's Arc has piles of richly colored rugs and kilims and an excellent reputation for honesty, quality, and a willingness to educate customers without pressuring them (much) to buy.

Textiles: Eğin Tekstil is a perfect place for ethnic and oriental textiles and fabrics.

Leather: Koç Deri is one of the Bazaar's busiest stores offering a wide variety of leder products.

Near Galata Bridge (not far, but taxi or tram recommended)

Contemporary Crafts & Carpets: Hiç & Deareast is our favourite shop in the city. With a contemporary ethnic feel, the shop is offering designer furniture, lighting, antique and new accessories and carpets, textiles, bags, porcelain and ceramics. A visit can be worthwhile just for its own sake.

Baklava: Güllüoğlu is the best place to eat and buy all sorts of baklava.

At Beyoğlu

Antiquities: A la TurcaA chic and sophisticated antique store featuring an exclusive collection of antique carpets and kilims from Anatolia, suzanis, Ottoman embroidery textiles, kaftans and pillows, pottery, ceramics, frames, pieces of furniture, accessories, and more.

CD: Lale Plak is a good boutique CD & LP-shop with a knowledgable and helpful owner.

Wines: Sensus Wine Shop is a wine shop where you can taste and buy Turkish wines from all regions of the country.

At Bosphorus

Sweets: Bebek Badem Ezmecisi is a family-run business that has been selling the best sweets since over a century at the same shop. Their main product is "badem ezmesi", the Turkish variant of marzipan.

Food: Lokum. Boutique shop Lokum (Turkish delight) offers Ottoman-Turkish products such as akide candies, colgne water and candles.

In other areas of Istanbul

Homeware: Haremlique. Top-drawer bed linen and bathwares, cashmere and silks, hoe accessories and upholstery. Rich Ottoman craftmanship, infused with a contemporary Western style.

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