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.
Bathware: Abdulla is a small shop with good quality linen, silky towels and 'peştamal's.
Silk & Casmere: Silk & Casmere. Top grade Mongolian pure cashmere, men's ties, cardigans, t-shirts, women's dresses, sweaters and coats.
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.
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.
Jewelry: Selda Okutan. This museum-like shop offers uniquely designed jewelry displayed in separate glass boxes as well as works of other local artists
Baklava: Güllüoğlu is the best place to eat and buy all sorts of baklava.
Bookstore (English): Robinson Crusoe is a boutique bookstore with a good selection of English books.
CD: Lale Plak is a good boutique CD & LP-shop with a knowledgable and helpful owner.
Jewelry: Takıl is a unique jewelry and gift shop hosting items from many fine Turkish designers in addition to the owner Saadet Keskin's.
Wines: Sensus Wine Shop is a wine shop where you can taste and buy Turkish wines from all regions of the country.
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.
Homeware: Haremlique. Top-drawer bed linen and bathwares, cashmere and silks, hoe accessories and upholstery. Rich Ottoman craftmanship, infused with a contemporary Western style.