Robinson Crusoe 389 is one of the best bookstores in Istanbul, but sadly it had to move to another location earlier in the year, due to high rents on Istiklal Street. You can now get your book-fix at Robinson’s shop inside the nearby SALT Beyoglu. Just get in, visit SALT’s current exhibition and head to the 4th floor where you’ll find this great bookshop and a lovely little rooftop garden (the ‘edible estate’).
The new-and-improved Robinson Crusoe 389 has a lot of good books both in English and Turkish: fiction, non-fiction, new arrivals, best sellers as well as a good selection of books related to the arts, visual culture, cultural studies or academics. You can also find some stationery items and internationally published guidebooks. Moreover, Robinson Crusoe 389 sells a wide selection of local and international magazines and periodicals. The English speaking staff are also very helpful, don’t hesitate to ask for a book.
If you’re one of those people who like spending time in bookshops; browsing through pages, catching up on the new arrivals, or following your favorite magazine, this place is just for you. Go there even if you’re not looking for something specific: English language books on Istanbul and Turkey are definitely worth checking out, and would make good literary souvenirs if you’re in the city only for a couple of days.